A Dangerous Affair by Caro Peacock
Published by Avon an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
Set to be published in the UK in February 2009.
I received this book, along with the With Violets book from the Fiction Readers group on gather to read and review.
This is an uncorrected proof version of which changes may be made before it's actually published.
A Dangerous Affair is the follow-up to A Foreign Affair and is set in Victorian London.
Libery Lane's world had been turned upside down by the death of her father and she is now trying to make her own way in Victorian London. She has a love in Daniel but knows they will never marry. Daniel finds a young love interest in Jenny Jarvis. Jenny is a new dancer in London doing her first show up against and with a well known by the name of Columbine. They get into a tiff on stage, it seems that Columbine is jealous of Jenny. Within 2 days, Columbine is murdered....poisoned. Jenny is arrested, tried and convicted to be hung for Columbine's murder.
The rest of the book we find Liberty and her friends, and even a prominent person, Disraeli ( a real person used in the story who later went on to become Prime Minister) doing what they can to prove Jenny's innocense.
The book takes many twists and turns as they find new evidence. As I was reading the book I would think I knew who did it, but then further reading would prove me wrong. In the end I had no idea and was surprised on who actually did it.
I admit when I started reading this book I told my children after chapter one that I didn't think I would like it. Chapter one just didn't grab me. I continued to read and by the end of chapter 4 I was hooked. Around the middle of the book I got kind of bored and wanted to just skip to the end to see who did it. I'm glad that I didn't.
All in all, A Dangerous Affair is an interesting book and will hold your interest with the twists and turns in evidence.