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Little Coquette (Regency Romantic Mysteries)

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Young bluestocking Lydia Trevelyn and her notable neighbor Lord Beaumont had managed to thwart all matchmaking schemes. However, fate conspires to bring them together through a most unfortunate means: murder. For when Beaumont finds a body in a local river, Lydia is shocked to discover that the deceased was, in life, her fathe
Mass Market Paperback, 198 pages
Published May 27th 1998 by Ivy Books
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Had to suspend my disbelief a LOT. That this 18 year-old girl could go traipsing around London either in the company of just her male neighbor or a prostitute and not come to any harm. Or marriage. And one of her disguises was as the sister of her father's mistress. It was just odd.

Other than that it was a decent story with a well built mystery.
I love Joan Smith, but as an author of feminist contemporary mysteries -- academic setting -- rather than as an author of Regencies, though she is much more prolific with those. It's somewhat amazing that the books are written by the same woman. I like Regencies, so I may read a few more of hers before giving up... but I wish she'd write some more mysteries about Loretta Lawson, professor and sometime sleuth. The ones that exist (which I must add to Goodreads) are from the 1990s and spend a lot ...more
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This is a cute story. It's above average but didn't draw me in. I never felt a connection with the characters. Lydia and Beau didn't have much chemistry so the romance aspect of the story fell a bit flat. It does deal with some serious issues like married men having mistresses, murder, counterfeiting...but it seemed glossed over. This is a light, entertaining read. It wasn't too compelling overall but I wouldn't say it's a waste of time either. It's more like a good read at the beach or cabin.
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Joan Smith is a graduate of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and the Ontario College of Education. She has taught French and English in high school and English in college. When she began writing, her interest in Jane Austen and Lord Byron led to her first choice of genre, the Regency, which she especially liked for its wit and humor.
Her favorite travel destination is England, where she res
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