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A Family Affair by Caro Peacock


Cover art: A Family Affair Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: A Family Affair - 3rd in the Liberty Lane Mystery series
Author: Caro Peacock
Publisher: Avon
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-144749-5
Release Date: June 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Mystery
Year/Setting: Victorian England/London 1839
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Caro's Website/Blog: www.caropeacock.com

Dear Readers,

This book is the third in a series featuring Miss Liberty Lane, who investigates Victorian England societies' crimes and misdemeanors at the request of Benjamin Disraeli, Queen Victoria's Prime Minister.

In this really fun to read novel, Liberty is sent off to Brinkburn Hall on a quest for answers concerning the two sons of aristocrat Lord Brinkburn, who is on his death bed. Stephen, his eldest son is all ready to inherit the title of Lord Brinkburn until his mother announces to the masses that he is illegitimate. And then the fun begins. Stephen and his younger brother Miles have always been rivals but now, with this news, the rivalry really comes to a boil. Liberty's arrival at Brinkburn Hall really stirs things up and one brother disappears, while there is a shocking murder of someone on the estate. There is a spate of scandals and cover ups on the Buckinghamshire estate far from the society of English Lords and Ladies and the young investigator tries to separate the truth from the lies and the victims from the villains.

I am a great fan of the author. I've read both of the previous books featuring Liberty (A Dangerous Affair and A Foreign Affair) and I believe that the author has outdone herself with this one. They were all very readable but Liberty is starting to come alive for me and I like her style. The author has definitely left room for more stories about Liberty and I'm certainly looking forward to them. As is said in the book "In Victoria's England, innocence and evil sometimes have the same face." That certainly proves true in A Family Affair. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.


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