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Title: The Riddle of the Reluctant Rake
Publisher: St. Martin Press Nov. 1999
Publication Date: 1999
Book Condition: New
Edition: First Edition.
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Court-martialed after a night on leave lands him in bed with an unwed young lady of Quality, Lieutenant-Colonel Hastings Adair faces the ultimate disgrace and is dishonorably discharged from service. All the while, though, Adair proclaims his innocence, saying that he met Miss Alice Prior at a ball, and after a pleasant chat, she sent him a desperate note asking him asking him to see her home. He obliged, of course, and his last recollection of that evening was of getting into the carriage. Abandoned by his family and all but a few friends, Adair sets out to find the lady he is accused of having ruined. Mysteriously, though, Alice Prior has disappeared.
After a wild chase that has Adair fighting for his life more than once, Miss Prior is finally found-forcefully married to the rogue that abducted her. As his wife, she is unable to testify against him, but Adair and his faithful friends, Paige Manderville and Toby Broderick, devise a risky trap that not only catches the rogue, but foils a dangerous political plot as well.
This is the third installment in "genre master" (Publishers Weekly) Patricia Veryan's acclaimed Regency series, begun with THE RIDDLE OF ALABASTER ROYAL and followed by THE RIDDLE OF THE LOST LOVER, and her fans will instantly recognize her signature mix of heart-stopping suspense and delightful romantic adventure here.From Publishers Weekly:
Veteran romance novelist Veryan (The Riddle of the Lost Lover) completes her "Riddle" trilogy with another lively tale in which dashing, charming gentlemen and unconventional ladies triumph in spite of the unforgiving social mores of Regency Britain. Possibly her most mirthful and polished effort yet, this book chronicles the unfair accusation and cashiering of distinguished Lt.-Col. Hastings Adair (introduced in the earlier books) for a crime he did not commit: he's accused of robbing a London maiden of her virtue. Court-martialed, and with his family turned against him, Hasty has only his friends Toby Broderick, Jack Vespa and Paige Manderville to help him find the real perpetrator and thus clear his name before some overzealous citizen or ill-meaning conspirator does him in. Dodging society's literal and figurative brickbats, Hasty manages to enlist the help of his purported young victim's family in this effort, and once he's won the trust of the redoubtable, eccentric Lady Abigail Prior and the courageous beauty Cecily Hall, he begins to make some progress. Nearly losing his life in a duel with a suspect, Hasty discovers he must direct his attentions closer to home, searching out all the Prior family secrets in order to answer the riddle. Her characters nicely delineated, Veryan sets a sprightly pace for her engaging plot, serving up a sparkling romance and a mystery with a subtle denouement. (Nov.)
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