“If you lean out any farther, you’ll wind up in the drink.
Which, I suppose would be a fitting end to this disaster of a trip.”
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Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes in this new Regency mystery series
Newly returned from finishing school, Lady Juliette Thorndike is ready to debut in London society. Due to her years away, she hasn't spent much time with her parents, and sees them only as the flighty, dilettante couple the other nobles love. But when they disappear, she discovers she never really knew them at all. They've been living double lives as government spies--and they're only the latest in a long history of espionage that is the family's legacy.
Now Lady Juliette is determined to continue their work. Mentored by her uncle, she plunges into the dangerous world of spy craft. From the glittering ballrooms of London to the fox hunts, regattas, and soirees of country high society, she must chase down hidden clues, solve the mysterious code her parents left behind, and stay out of danger. All the while, she has to keep her endeavors a secret from her best friend and her suitors--not to mention nosy, irritatingly handsome Bow Street runner Daniel Swann, who suspects her of a daring theft.
Can Lady Juliette outwit her enemies and complete her parents' last mission? Or will it lead her to a terrible end?
Although Regency fiction isn’t my go-to genre, I became a Vetsch fan after reading The Lost Lieutenant and The Indebted Earl. These books taught me much about the Regency era and kept me intrigued and enamored. Therefore, I was excited to learn about this author’s new book (and series.)
In The Debutante’s Code, young debutante, 19-year-old Lady Juliette Thorndike, comes about a discovery that may lead to not only clues to a theft, but also indications of her parents’ lives, and possibly even love. I loved learning a bit about the art world.
This story has a unique feel to it. The atmosphere is thick with spying, theft, danger, and secrets in 1800’s London high society. The characters are interesting, and some really surprised me. I connected with Juliette easily. She is steady, smart, and adventurous and I liked her. Daniel Swann, the investigating officer, intrigued me and I rooted for him. I enjoyed his interaction with Juliette and their slow-burn attraction. It pleased me that the relationship felt believable and organic. Each of the characters are well developed, and even the story’s secondary characters and villains carry unexpected depth.
If you enjoy mysteries, suspense, or Regency and historical romance, The Debutante’s Code is a good choice. This clean, lively read with rich characters, surprises, and wit, takes you on a satisfying adventure. I look forward to seeing more from Juliette and Daniel in this series!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book. My review was not influenced.
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