Late for the Wedding
Second in a hero/heroine detective agency series set in 19th century England, Late for the Wedding brings readers back to Lavinia Lake and her beau, Tobias March, who were introduced in Slightly Shady.
The couple are invited, separately, of course, to a house party in rural England with a group of Society members. They hope for a quiet getaway with a few opportunities for private encounters. Instead, Lake witnesses the falling death of an elderly groom-to-be. She insists it’s murder, and Tobias goes along when he discovers a mysterious Memento-Mori ring in the dead man’s bedroom. Tobias has had encounters with a previous man, a murderer, who used these rings as a signature. Though that man died years before, Tobias fears another has taken his place. With the help of Lavinia’s niece Emeline and Tobias’ nephew Anthony, the group hunts for clues.
Though I found the characters to be quirky and enjoyable, the story was less exciting than I’d hoped. I was more interested in the romantic encounters of the major players and didn’t fear for their lives as they dove deeper and deeper into a murderer’s world. But it was a good read, and I recommend it to fans of Amanda Quick.