A Family Affair: A Novel by Caro PeacockA Family Affair: A Novel by Caro Peacock

A Family Affair: A Novel

byCaro Peacock

Paperback | August 11, 2015

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“Peacock has a wonderful grasp of Victorian society, and helps bring it to life through her well written and entertaining young Liberty.”
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Plucky Victorian spy Liberty Lane is back in A Family Affair. Caro Peacock, acclaimed author of A Foreign Affair and A Dangerous Affair, once again ingeniously blends history, suspense, and adventure as she embroils her endearing and exceptional heroine in a strange case of questionable heritages, scandalous secrets, and deadly rivalries among the British nobility. Fans of Deanna Raybourne and Jacqueline Winspear are sure to agree: A Family Affair is an affair to remember.<_o3a_p>

Peacock skillfully interweaves figures of real Victoria London, while avoiding the genre's typical focus on aristocracy. London's artistic underbelly is grimy, gritty, and has instant appeal that the ton can't match. The mystery flows smoothly, with well-placed red herrings, excellent reveals and pleasing surprises."" (Publishers Weekl...
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Title:A Family Affair: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.05 inPublished:August 11, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061447498

ISBN - 13:9780061447495

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Jousting & Murder in Victorian Times Reason for Reading: Next in the series. I like to think of the Liberty Lane series as one of my guilty pleasures. I know I'm in for a quick dip immersion into the Victorian era with a light mystery and an easy read. I also know Liberty is not going to get into a romance with anyone, though someone will probably be trying to play matchmaker for her but Liberty has more important things to do as a "private intelligencer", a name coined for her line of work by her friend and politician Benjamin Disraeli. Disraeli also is in the habit of bringing work her way and that is how Liberty gets her case in this book. A classic tale of the class system, the Lord is in a private asylum and close to death at which point the Lady announces that the eldest son is not the Lord's legal heir throwing doubt on his legitimacy and placing the younger son in line to inherit the estate. Thus, the Lady then retires from talking about it. Liberty is hired by the lawyer to find out if the Lady is lying or simply mad. He has no interest if she is telling the truth; it is simply not an option. But Liberty finds out much more than legitimate birthrights are being kept secret when she arrives on the scene and a servant is found dead packed away in a barrel and the eldest son has simply vanished. She takes it on her own initiative to solve the answers to the many questions, secrets and mysteries she encounters at Brinkburn Hall. I have to say this has been my absolute favourite of the Liberty Lane mysteries by far! Liberty Lane is still written too far on the modern side to be entirely believable but having got to know the character through the three books, I don't really care anymore. She is a fun heroine, not afraid to go where the danger leads her and full of simple derring-do. I loved the mystery this time as well. I had all sorts of ideas wandering around in my mind; I did figure out one of the elements but so much was going on by the end it was a complete surprise when the shocking reveal came out. I read the first half of the book at a leisurely pace enjoying the new characters and setting which revolves around the Victorian love for all things medieval and includes the ill-fated joust, the Eglinton Tournament. Then the second half was quick paced as all the secrets started unraveling and danger threatened. I thoroughly enjoyed this book in the series and eagerly await the next. Historical mystery fans and lovers of cozy mysteries alike will enjoy this romp with Liberty Lane.
Date published: 2010-08-28

Editorial Reviews

?Peacock skillfully interweaves figures of real Victoria London, while avoiding the genre?s typical focus on aristocracy. London?s artistic underbelly is grimy, gritty, and has instant appeal that the ton can?t match. The mystery flows smoothly, with well-placed red herrings, excellent reveals and pleasing surprises.? (Publishers Weekly on A Dangerous Affair)