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Deadly Engagement: A Georgian Historical Mystery (Alec Halsey Mystery #1)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  182 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Spring 1763. Career diplomat Alec Halsey returns to London to the shocking news his estranged brother, the Earl of Delvin, has not only killed his friend in a duel but is engaged to the woman Alec hoped to marry. The dead man’s mother wants Alec to investigate, so he reluctantly attends a weekend house party celebrating the engagement. Houseguests get more than they bargai ...more
Kindle Edition, 2, 296 pages
Published March 5th 2011 by Sprigleaf (first published February 1st 2003)
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I've given this an A- for narration and B+ for content at AudioGals, so that's 4.5 stars, but I've rounded it up to 5.

It took me no more than five minutes of listening to this to know that in Alex Wyndham, Lucinda Brant had found the perfect narrator for her story. I saw a recent entry on her Facebook page that said she was very excited at having engaged him to narrate this, the first of her Alec Halsey series of mysteries set in Georgian England – and having heard him, I can now understand why.
Lucinda Brant has been a real find, and it proves the efficacy of giving away a book on Kindle because I have gone out and bought others by her.

This book is a little different from the usual historical romance - she has called the genre "crimance". Think of the Richard and Rose books. I was drawn in by the whodunnit side of the book: was there more than one criminal running round? how were the crimes connected? I was uncertain till near the end, when the suspects were reduced to one. I liked the
This is the first time I have read a book that said it was a Crimance........but I can't wait for another one. Deadly Engagement was true to its word. There was Romance mixed in with Crime......both of these together..had me wondering on both counts.......who would get together..and who was the bad guy. I could not put the book down. Looking forward to the next Alec Halsey book..........Deadly Affair that will be out later this year. Lucinda Brant has a way with words.........and I can't seem to ...more
Deadly Engagement is primarily a murder mystery which also features a gently moving romance that does not detract from the devious and sinister goings on.

Alec Halsey has returned from an overseas assignment with the Foreign Department after an eight month absence. A highly intelligent man left to make his way in the world, he is the second son of an earl who nevertheless revels in being allowed to be his own man. I found this description of him early in the story set the scene and firmly embedde
Mar 10, 2015 Lorraine rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like historical mysteries.
As the front flap of the cover of this book states, this is a 'crimance' , "crime with lashings of romance". Alec Halsey, who is in the diplomatic corps of Georgian England, is the "second" son of the Duke of Delvin. He has just arrived home with marriage on his mind after eight months on the continent. He visits his godmother, a duchess, but Alec is concerned only with seeing her granddaughter. As the conversation goes forth, Alec discovers that the girl he wished to be his fiancée is betrothed ...more
Well, firstly, in my edition there were a few editing errors that were - to my picky little mind - worse than mere spelling mistakes. Spelling mistakes, well, it happens. But writing 'pour' instead of 'pore', and 'reign' instead of 'rein' just makes the author look like they're trying to use words they don't understand. Plus the words mean something different, and there's that moment of WTF as you try to parse the sentence as actually written and realise it makes no sense whatsoever...

Then there
While the general storyline is interesting and the writing clear and entertaining, this beginning to a new historical mystery series just didn't quite hit the mark. The story seemed disjointed and suffered from too much melodrama. The characters - even Alec, the main character - seemed to be made up of their individual ideals and motivations rather than actual human feeling and whimsy. The ingredients for a really good book were there, but something went wrong when Brant threw them all in togeth ...more
There are a lot of characters to keep straight in this book… Just to start, there’s Alec of noble birth, with a bit of a scandalous history, and recently returned to town. Selina is a widow, finally free from an abusive husband, and Alec’s true love (although Alec’s convinced himself he loves the young Emily). Things get more complicated when you add Alec’s brother and arch nemesis, and Emily’s betrothed, Edward to the mix. There are a dozen other characters, and not all high society.
The majorit
When I opened this ebook, it was billed as a 'crimance.' Call me a word snob, but if I had seen that in the description, I never would have bothered reading it. What the heck is a crimance? But I can't really hold that against the author because I don't know who chose that word. It could have been her, but it could have been the editor, some PR person, or a random publishing exec. In any case, it's such a horrible word!

But let's put that aside and talk about the story. Alec arrives back in Engla
Marguerite Kaye
This was recommended to my by Wendy L and Alison L, and I am so glad that I listed. I loved this, and I'm delighted to discover that Lucinda Brant has not only written another one, but she's got a backlist for me to read too.

What did I love? Firstly, the Georgian time period in all its Hogarthian glory. It's bawdy, it's a time of fascinating politics, of outrageous clothes, of dirt and grime and drink and excess and poverty, and Lucinda Brant gives us a whiff of it all. Then I loved the charact
Delicious Georgian mystery with excellent cast of characters, period details and just enough twist to keep the reader guessing until very close to the end.
Plus a totally hot hero...brainy and possessed of all his own hair.

Off to read the next book, Deadly Affair. You know the drill, go grab your own copy, these are worth buying!
I prefer my historical fiction to be accurate historically and leave the fiction to the plot and characters. I have always appreciated a heavily researched and accurate work of historical fiction; these books, after all, are fiction not fantasy. Deadly Engagement is FULL of factual errors, most notably; language, discourse and action COMPLETELY inappropriate for Georgian England. Oddly enough, I still enjoyed this awful little crimance, despites it's over whelming flaws. It's definitely a guilty ...more
This was quite clean, and more a murder mystery than a romance. The characters were so plentiful at the beginning of the book, I had no clue who anyone was. So, I just went with the story, and it turned out ok.
I thought the writing was good, and the storyline was interesting. I'd say it was ok for my older teen daughter, but probably not her speed. I am reading the sequel, but might have moved on to another book had I not bought these both at the same time. It's interesting, but not super compel
How can you go wrong reading one of Lucinda's novels! I was lucky enough to win a contest Lucinda had on Facebook, getting Deadly Engagement in print and audio and read/listen to this novel. Trust me it will keep you on the edge of your chair, you can see it all happening as you would in any of her books, you feel as though you are actually there and everything is happening before you. I cannot tell you how many times \listening to the audio version on my way to work, that I would gasp out loud ...more
Deadly Engagement is an entertaining, fast paced historical mystery. I particularly liked the Georgian London setting which was well executed and believable. Alec Halsey is a diplomat in the 'Foreign Department' who is drawn into playing amateur sleuth when the mother of an old school friend asks for his assistance to find out why her son was murdered. She does not believe he was killed in a duel. Trouble is, the nobleman who the mother believes killed her son is none other than Alec Halsey's ol ...more
Maria Grazia
A truly intriguing one. A real page turner. It's Part I of a two-part mystery series set in the Georgian Era, in England. If you dream of a book with a gorgeous hero, thrilling emotions, romance and intrigue, wit and elegance, silk and powdered wigs, you won't be disappointed, you'll find it in Lucinda Brant's DEADLY ENGAGEMENT.

1763. Alec Halsey, being a second son is not going to inherit his father's title. nor his properties. His boasting, wicked brother, Edward, is the heir to the title, Earl
I am usually attracted by every book that have the word "regency" somewhere on the cover, but often I am disappointed. This time it didn't happen. I would like very much to see this book transformed in a tv show, something with several episodes that explain the story of each character.
The story is interesting, there's the right balance between passion, love and mistery, and the reader is immediately brought into the action. The only flaw I noticed is the continuous change of point of view, that
Susan Ash hanson
Just ok, too many namby pamby characters
I loved this Story! I thought I knew who did it then I changed my mind then I changed again and at the end thought how did I not figure this out sooner! I am going to give this one to my mother who is difficult to recommend books to. At least I find it hard to recommend books to her. I think she will love it too!
I had not previously read any of Lucinda Brant's books. I was pleasantly suprised. I enjoy the attention to detail that she added to the story and have enjoyed getting to know the charcters and look forward to finding out more about their lives. Alec seems like a reluctant perticapant which I like.
Lucinda Brant did a Fantastic job on Deadly Engagement! This is one of the BEST Historical Mysteries I have ever read! The lush scenery, the vivid detail, the opulent history... every little bit is a cornucopia of FANTASTIC! Lucinda Brandt is a storyteller extraordinaire!
I won this book as an ARC giveaway from Goodreads First Reads.


After a rather difficult start, I thoroughly enjoyed the story line and the characters. Great character development and a good mystery! I look forward to reading more from Brant.
Mary G.
A very enjoyable read with engaging characters. Alec, Selena, Tam etc are well worth a visit. The story is well delivered and there is an exciting conclusion.
This was not a quick read nor was it full of romance but it was interesting and as mysteries go, good. I will look into the sequel.

A little hard to read in the beginning but once you sort out all the characters the book was rather enjoyable.
Have to "fess up" huge fan of Georgian historical romance!
Really I'd give it 3.5 stars.
very good, first in a series
Dawn Jacobs
Dawn Jacobs marked it as to-read
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LUCINDA BRANT is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Georgian historical romances & mysteries. Her novels are described as from 'the Golden Age of romance with a modern voice', and 'heart wrenching drama with a happily ever after'.
Lucinda lives in the 18th Century most days (heaven!). Her guilty pleasure is Pinterest where you can visualize Lucinda's Georgian world & her n
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