I had to finish up LIE BY MIDNIGHT so I could return it today which rearranged my reading schedule somewhat. Although, to be honest I didn’t have a “formal” schedule in mind. Sure, there were a few “homework” reads hanging around, but nothing really in the “must read now” category.
LIE BY MIDNIGHT is the latest Amanda Quick and it is the second (or third) set in Victorian England. It’s a hard cover and probably available at your local warehouse store for a healthy discount. It’s reputed to have the last Master of Vandazia in it, although I’m confused. Is the hero the last master or was it his teacher?
I’m glad Quick left the regency period because I’ve developed a strange fascination for the Victorian era, both in mystery and romance. I love Elizabeth Peters’ Peabody books and recently I’ve stumbled upon the Will Thomas mysteries with Cyrus Barker and his apprentice Thomas Llewelyn. Barker is also an “enquiry agent” and a master of “mysterious” eastern martial arts.
Both his debut novel, SOME DANGER INVOLVED and his latest, TO KINGDOM COME, took me straight to the heart and contradictions of Victorian London and life. Whether we were exploring a murder in the Jewish Quarter of London or consorting with Irish Republicans it was a rip roaring ride. I highly recommend both books by Thomas.
I hope we continue to get more romances that combine the relationship with a strong sense of Victorian England with all its contradictions.