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A Most Lamentable Comedy

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  93 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
High jinks, misunderstandings and conflicted passions - Regency rocks in the latest racy read from Janet Mullany

1822, England: Lady Caroline Elmhurst is twice-widowed, down on her luck and pursued by creditors. But she's optimistic about finding a new husband - or if necessary, a rich lover - and when she meets handsome, mysterious Nicholas Congrevance at a house-party in
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 23rd 2009 by Little Black Dress
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May 11, 2010 Hazel rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
Don't recall who recommended this, and I had no idea it was a Little Black Dress book. I think that means it's supposed to be smart modern romance. We'll see.

Addendum. My comments to a friend who wanted more information.Spoilers!!

It's a regency romance where both the romantic leads are unusually disreputable types. She's ruined after 2 or 3 marriages, and now attaches herself to one protector after another. When the book opens she's climbing out of a window, dodging creditors. He's a 19th centur
Juliet Grey
Jul 01, 2011 Juliet Grey rated it it was amazing
Janet Mullany is one of my favorite authors. I happen to be a fan of voice-y fiction, and Janet's got style in spades. A MOST LAMENTABLE COMEDY is laugh-out-loud funny (as are all of Ms. Mullany's books that I have read to date). Best compliment I can give this novel is that I was so utterly engrossed in the story (and in laughing in the middle of a crowded bus) that I missed my stop while I was reading it. As a professional Shakespearean actress, I particularly enjoyed Ms. Mullany's clever ...more
Rose Lerner
Oct 25, 2013 Rose Lerner rated it it was amazing
I was utterly charmed by both the hero and the heroine and the natural, funny, alternating first-person narration. And the instinctive physical and emotional connection between the two of them was one of the most intense and convincing insta-lust plotlines I've read recently.
I picked this book up at random, skimmed the first chapter and put it back down again. It was a first person Regency that didn't quite read like a Regency, and I dismissed it. I picked it up again weeks later, again by random, because by then I had forgotten the cover (let's not even mention whether I took notice of the title or the author at this point) and skimmed through the first two chapters going "Huh, I think I've skimmed this before." I could have put it down again, but I was in ...more
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Feb 01, 2014 Xtina Liyana rated it liked it
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Jan 19, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it
A delightful, slyly lascivious read! With just enough genuine feeling to save it from farce and raise it above the genre. Oops, some extremely farcical behavior toward the very end... Delicious use of A Midsummer Night's Dream but this one really takes off when the long-lost half-brother reappears...
whose "Little Lambkin misses her Great Ram most sorely and longs once more to bury her hands in his fleece" etc. etc. etc.

May 09, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
Hmmm... I guess I really quite enjoyed this book. Although the beginning was a bit slow and hard to get into, once you reach the middle it really is quite enjoying. There are many jokes and there is romance in every aspect of the book. If you enjoy shouting at a book and saying to the man 'you fool!' this is definitely the book for you. I'd recommend this to readers of historical romance.
Nov 04, 2013 Jay rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
As usual, it took a while to reacclimate myself to Mullany's writing style but once I did, I really enjoyed this. It makes me sad that this was the last of her regular regencies I had to read, as I don't particularly enjoy erotic fiction and I didn't love her version of Jane Austen (now with vampires!).
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Sep 08, 2009 Sarah Anderson rated it liked it
This was a fun little historical romance--with teeth. The characters were snarky, almost mean, fun, and surprisingly light on sap. However, the convoluted ending (involving a bear? Why?) was a bit too much. Otherwise, a nice read.
Aug 08, 2010 Courtney added it
Shelves: didnt-finish
As much as I wanted to read this book, I just couldn't get into it. Im not really a fan of First Person POV in novels - and the fact that the character narration switched nearly every other page was just confusing.
May 09, 2014 Jane rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful book by Mullany. I enjoy how she uses yet subverts the genre. The main characters have happy endings but there's many a funny twist before they get there. I don't understand why she's not more popular.
Nov 28, 2011 Chanpreet rated it liked it
I liked the story in this book. It was quite unusual and slightly reminds me of Georgette Heyer. I did feel like I was reading a sequel, because there were hints to previous events, but I could not discover if that was the case. This book has humor and romance in just the right amounts.
Erica Anderson
While I like Janet Mullany's style, I didn't care for this book nearly as much as Rules of Gentility, which I highly recommend.
Aug 09, 2011 Acfilmer rated it liked it
As far as regency novels go, not too bad. Had its moments, had a few funny points. Ending was quite predictable though.
Jan 11, 2012 Jackie rated it really liked it
Witty, charming, and laugh-out-loud funny. And with its first person present tense style, a stylistic breath of fresh air in the regency romance market.
Jun 15, 2012 Fab rated it it was ok
I normally love all of the Little Black Dress books.

Although I liked the characters the book seemed to lack something in my opinion.
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Janet Mullany was raised in England by half of an amateur string quartet and now lives near Washington, DC. Persecuted from an early age for reading too long in the bathroom, she still loves books and is an avid and eclectic reader. She has worked as an archaeologist, classical music radio announcer, arts publicist, and for a small press.

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