Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Earl's Masquerade

Amy Corwin
Regency Romance
Book 4 in Archer Family Series

"He would think she was a puddinghead, which she could not precisely counter at the moment."

Helen Archer can't face her sister now.  Not now that she has somehow lost the Peckham necklace at the Earl of Morrow's would-be engagement party.  No, she won't do it.  She'll just have to find a way to locate the necklace on her own, with no one the wiser.  Stumbling upon a young runaway boy, she determines to simply take him with her on her adventure.  Hugh Castle, Earl of Morrow, is determined to discover who sabotaged his boat, accidentally killing his younger brother rather than himself.  Not that he knew who wanted him dead either, but having failed to become the victim, Hugh is out to discover the truth.  What he doesn't expect to find is Helen who is determined to sneak into his own house with a young boy in tow.  They just might provide the perfect cover for his investigations.  That is, if they don't get into the way of his investigation...and his heart.

My Opinion: This was a great mystery with wonderfully crafted characters.  A rich story filled with twists, turns, and unexpected developments; it keeps you turning the pages.  Despite it being in the middle of a series, I didn't feel like I was lost.  Rather, it made me interested in delving into other characters that Corwin has developed.  The characters had great interactions, though as for the romance, it seemed a bit lacking.  Their relationship developed well, but the whole falling in love part was a little choppy and less important as the rest of the story.  Overall it was a great murder mystery with a slight hint of romance and a generally enjoyable read.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

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