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A Scandalous Deception
A Scandalous Deception: A Regency Cozy | Lynn Messina
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As much as Beatrice Hyde-Clare relished the challenge of figuring out who murdered a fellow guest during a house party in the Lake District, she certainly does not consider herself an amateur investigator. So when a London dandy falls dead at her feet in the entryway of a London Daily Gazette, she feels no compulsion to investigate. It was a newspaper office, after all, and reporters are already on the case as are the authorities. She has her own problems to deal with anyway-such as extricating herself from a seemingly harmless little fib that has somehow grown in into a ridiculously large fiction. Truly, she has no interest at all. Except the dagger that killed the poor earl seemed disconcertingly familiar... And so Bea is off to the British Museum because she cannot rest until she confirms her suspicion, while trying to allay her family's concerns and comprehend the Duke of Kesgrave's compulsion. For the handsome lord has no reason to waste his time solving a mystery alongside a shy spinster. And yet he turns up everywhere she goes.
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Lynnsoprano
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I enjoyed this second installment of the series as much as the first. It‘s a good mystery, and I love the comic elements and witty dialogue. Bea is a fascinating MC, Kesgreave is the perfect foil. Bea‘s aunt is completely over the top. A fun read, I‘m looking forward to moving on to the next installment.

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Lynnsoprano
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I loved the first book in this series, so I‘m anxious to read the second.

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CoffeeK8
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A wonderful second installment in this series.

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Angeles
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The second installment of Beatrice Hyde-Claire series is even funnier than the first! I am loving this series

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Sharanya
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A witty, satisfying follow-up. The writing was a wee bit clumsy at times, but the hilarity between characters more than made up for it. Beatrice & the Duke are a charming pair! Again, this is 3/4 Jane Austen & 1/4 hard-boiled whodunnit, so if you‘re looking for a riveting mystery this isn‘t for you. On the other hand, if you‘re looking for funny commentary on English society & a really cute, light romance, don‘t let these books pass you by! ★★★★☆.

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