How to Catch a Duke (Rogues to Riches 6)

Written by Grace Burrowes
Review by Ray Thompson

Lord Stephen Wentworth has a sinister, and not exactly undeserved, reputation, but even he is taken aback when a young woman asks him to murder her. Abigail Abbott actually wants him to arrange a fake murder so that an aristocrat who has been threatening her will leave her alone, but Stephen offers another solution: a fake engagement to provide her with protection while they work out why the marquis wants some letters she has.

The mystery proves unexpectedly intriguing, but the primary focus is upon the protagonists, whose initial attraction develops into love as they get to know each other better. Class differences and past secrets create obstacles: Abigail is an inquiry agent, and her upbringing by Quakers has shaped a social conscience inappropriate to the wife of a duke’s heir. Stephen, however, led a harsh life before his brother unexpectedly inherited a dukedom, and he is far more broad-minded than other aristocrats, especially in his care for women and those in the lower classes.

With her customary wit and frequent ironic insights, Burrowes steers them through to the reward they deserve in this, the sixth in the Rogues to Riches series set in Regency England. Strongly recommended.