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“Neither of us knew the rate for bribing a gaoler at the Old Bailey.”

That’s the first line of the book I’m reading right now, A Dangerous Affair, by Caro Peacock, and so far (50 pages in), the book is living up to its promise. In it, a dancer is murdered after having a catfight with another, and Liberty steps in to take the case. A Dangerous Affair is the second in the Liberty Lane series (the first is A Foreign Affair), and I’m enjoying myself in 1837 London immensely. Thanks to Gwen at Literary License for the trade.

This week I’ve posted reviews of:
Mistress of the Monarchy, by Alison Weir
The Founding, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
The Glassblower of Murano, by Marina Fiorato

And I’ve also read, but not reviewed:
Darling Jim, by Christian Moerk
The Lady Chapel, by Candace Robb

So it’s been a busy reading week.

If you’re in the US, happy Super Bowl Sunday! I’m not watching, because football just isn’t my thing, but the rest of my family are nuts about the Steelers.


Literary Feline said…
A Dangerous Affair sounds like an intriguing book. I am glad you are enjoying it so far.

No Super Bowl here either. Neither my husband and I care for football and so we'll be catching up on some reading and recorded TV shows today in between household chores. The usual Sunday. :-)

Have a great week!
Meghan said…
I didn't even realize it was Super Bowl Sunday until yesterday! I'm in the UK, so no one cares here, but it's still weird not to have anything going on. My family has never been too into it, but I've been at college for the past 4 years, I got used to the fuss.

- Meghan @ Medieval Bookworm
Luanne said…
ohh this sounds really good - I love this time period!
Danielle said…
I've just started Caro Peacock's first book and am really enjoying it. I have this one coming in the mail, so glad to hear it's good as well!

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