What Happens in London

Written by Julia Quinn
Review by Rebecca Roberts

Regency London thrives on scandal and the latest on-dit, so when Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancée; she’s rather unconvinced at the hearsay. Discovering her bedroom window looks right into his study, however, perks her interest, and she soon succumbs to subterfuge and stealth to see what he is up to, and what kind of man he really is.

Sir Harry Valentine translates national security documents for the War Office, occasionally doing espionage jobs. He keeps a low profile, and works mainly in his study. Noticing his gorgeous next door neighbor watching him from her window, the nosy debutante merely amuses him, until he discovers that she may be engaged to a foreign prince, who might be plotting against England. Getting close to Olivia, in order to get close to the evil prince, becomes more than a job and more than Harry bargains for.

Quinn’s trademark quips, sharp banter and pleasing love story make this a light, easy read. With a derivative plot, it is a typical Regency romance that delights and amuses, but is not at all taxing on the imagination. Read only if you crave light fluff.