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Our Lady of Pain by Marion Chesney
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Jan 10, 09

bookshelves: historical, mystery-and-crime
Read in January, 2009

This final book in the series features a role reversal, because it's Harry Cathcart whose thoughtless actions cause a social scandal when he's seen spending time with his latest client, an infamous courtesan. Since everyone is supposed to believe that their engagement is real, Lady Rose is a likely suspect when she's found over the woman's dead body.

This book is a bit of a mess. On the plus side, it isn't full of those goofy accidents that the earlier ones used to quickly resolve aspects of the mystery. But both the investigation and the personal side of the story are really scattered.

The idea of Rose's parents sending her off for her own good is reused, with a nunnery standing in for the madhouse that she visited before. The romance is awkward, because the "constant arguments" style of courtship is difficult to make believable. Daisy and Beckett were great in the previous books, but apparently they work better in the background. Their drama got too many pages that would have been better spent developing more of a real relationship between Harry and Rose.

The mystery was too full of coincidence, and honestly, the less said of it the better.
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