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Dangerous Deceptions

(Palace of Spies #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  499 ratings  ·  85 reviews
“A rollicking spy caper in corsets. . . . This witty romp will delight fans of historical fiction as well as mystery lovers.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review of Palace of Spies

As a lady in waiting in King George’s London court, Peggy has survived a forced betrothal, royal scandals, and an attempt or two on her life. And now she has a new problem: her horrible fiancé has re
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Early 18th century frolic

After her uncle threw her out of his house in the last book, our spirited, well-educated but penniless orphan Peggy Fitzroy managed to become a Maid of Honor and sometime spy for Caroline, Princess of Wales, in the court of George I, the first of England’s Hanover kings. In Dangerous Deceptions Peggy is back serving princess and country in another breathlessly paced, seriously funny, multi-layered caper.

While hustling around trying to foil Jacobites scheming to put a St
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Nov 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
I never read the first book in this series. Which is fine as this book could be read as a stand alone novel. I picked up this book because I like reading period piece stories and the mystery piece intrigued me as well. In the beginning I had no problems with the book. In fact, I was kind of liking it. Then I put it down only intending for a short period to come back to the book. When I did, I read about a half a dozen more chapters and was like am I reading the same book. What happened. I could ...more
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2015, paper

Featured in "Reading on a Theme: Girl Spies" on Intellectual Recreation.

I wasn't crazy about the first novel in the Palace of Spies series. It kind of felt like a long preface to me, and it's true that there was a lot of groundwork that needed to be laid. Most readers aren't intimately familiar with this historical era. However, I had this feeling that the sequels could be more enjoyable, and I'm so glad that I can the next book in the series a shot.

Dangerous Deceptions once again finds Peggy in
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
As far as sequels go, Dangerous Deceptions follows its predecessor fairly well. It is less confusing but also less action packed, the exciting stuff doesn't happen till the end. The plot itself is improbable, convenient, and dramatic. I was excited for more of Olivia but I don't think I got to know her better. Or Peggy. Or any of the character. I really dislike Peggy's romance with Matthew. Its all fluttering nerves and stolen kisses. There isn't even the interest of romantic tension anymore. Wh ...more
Dec 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I have tried for weeks to try and read this book, but I just CAN’T! It’s impossible. I rarely give one star ratings, so this book... this book... ugh 😑
This sequel to Palace of Spies has Peggy still at court, as herself this time, as a maid of honor to the Princess of Wales. She's shocked when her betrothed, Sebastian, turns up like a bad penny wanting to continue the engagement. After his attempted rape, Peggy wants nothing to do with him. She's also stuck making nice to her uncle, for the sake of her freedom and friendship with Olivia. Little Princess Anne's dog is about to have puppies and she wants Olivia to be Guinevere's midwife. Peggy is ...more
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

The book moved along at a fair pace, and I never found myself bored, which is why I'm (currently) bumping this 2.5 up to 3, instead of down, but...

Well, first let me say that I had read somewhere that this was the last of the series. I have since learned that there's a third - which is very good, because there's so much left unresolved that had this been the finale, I would've been very disappointed.

But my biggest issue with the book, really, is that Peggy is a terrible spy. Firstly, because
Hannah Cobb
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Peggy's life in the royal palace should be easier, now that she isn't pretending to be someone else. But life as a lady in waiting who also happens to be the queen's spy isn't easy, no matter what name Peggy wears. A constant struggle to maintain her life of espionage without being too late for court functions becomes the least of Peggy's worries when her erstwhile fiancee shows up at court. With no male relative but her cruel uncle to turn to, Peggy's search for her missing father becomes cruci ...more
Feb 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Danger is nicely balance with humor and light romance. I don't know English history very well and I struggled to place this on a timeline. However, Zettel has created a lively heroine who is making her way alone in dangerous times.
While I did enjoy the first book, this one was highly disappointing. I was ready for lots more spying and Peggy honing her subtle spy skills. But there is nothing subtle about this book. Peggy seems to have forgotten that she's only in the palace as a lady in waiting in order to spy for the Princess. Instead, she does everything except her actual job. The bulk of the book seems to be filled with sniping and cat-fighting, and Peggy being high-strung and frazzled about having so many personal prob ...more
The only downside of any novel sequel, esp. ones that have ongoing, in depth plots with many characters and storylines to follow is that YOU HAVE TO READ IT IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE FIRST ONE.
The plot of the continuation of Peggy's role as spy goes further in depth into a pending engagement, gambling, build-up and weakening of relationships and friendships, but the unsureness of it all is what keeps you reading. You want the issues resolved. You sympathize with Peggy, her cousin and best frien
Bethany Swafford
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Peggy Fitzroy has taken her place as a lady in waiting, this time under her own name. However, everything she endured before is nothing to the trouble that now awaits her. Her betrothed has returned to claim her, there are rumors of another Jacobite plot, her fellow ladies in waiting are plotting, and she still is unsure where her father is.

This book had a lot packed into it. Our rather reluctant spy is not taking well to the fashion of the time and as a lady in waiting she has to be seen at her
Shae McDaniel
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2014 has been SLAYING it when it comes to sequels, and I'm happy to say that Dangerous Deceptions continues the trend. Our daring Peggy is back in the court of King George, now only as herself, her charade as the slain Francesca having been laid to rest in the last book. Now Peggy seems to have more trouble than she can handle with friends who feel betrayed, another possible Jacobite plot, an insistent betrothed, trouble in the royal
No, David! No!
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this one was better than the first. There were still a few spots where I thought the plot or character were a little too simple. Overall though, I enjoyed it, and will be looking forward to the next book.
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Bottom line: I stopped reading at page 211. I tried 3 different times to read it. I just could not connect with the story and I just don't care to finish it. It's not poorly written, I just don't like it.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Another perfectly fine and readable spy in the palace drama. I'm not 100% sure of our heroine's value as a spy...she just seems to bumble from crisis to crisis, but oh well. Fun, easy read.
Mz. Diana Gagliardi
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Liked this one more than the first, probably because there didn't have to be the whole set-up to get her into the palace.

Enough fun that I'm off to find book 3!

Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Fun adventure! Our Peggy has some serious problems to solve.
Eleanor Ng
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5/5

This book suffered from the extremely common "Middle Book Syndrome" that we see in most trilogies. It wasn't bad by any standards, but it was awfully dull at some points. There weren't as many funny moments when compared to the previous book in the trilogy, and the story tended to drag in the middle section. That being said, I still did enjoy this book, which is why I'm giving it a relatively high rating.

In this book, Peggy Fitzroy continues her spying duties, but as herself. She ne
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun romp through the early Georgian court.
Compared to the first book, this one started a bit slow. It wasn't until about the halfway mark that the action really got started, the first part was just a lot of court drudgery and clothing descriptions. After the halfway point, things really got going though and I was hooked until the last page. I enjoy this series for being set during a time that there isn't a lot of historical fiction about (early 1700s in England). Peggy is a fun character and her exploits are always fun to read about. I ...more
Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Some background info on Dangerous Deceptions: Dangerous Deceptions is the second book in the series and the sequel of Palace of Spies. Now, it has been a while since I'd read Palace of Spies, so my memory is a bit fuzzy (okay, more like blank), so I read my own review (which must had been written while I was sugar-high, because it is so terrible) and remember that the book is incredibly similar to Waistcoats & Weaponry. Just without the fancy weapons and supernatural forces.

Dangerous Deceptions
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sarah Zettel’s Dangerous Deceptions carries on the story of Peggy Fitzroy, which began in Palace of Spies. Peggy is lady-in-waiting to Princess Caroline (wife of the prince who will become King George II of England) and a spy set to gathering secrets to protect the crown against treason. In this book, Peggy has to deal with threats from the Jacobites who want to restore the House of Stewart to the throne. She also has to face the consequences of the fact that she has not actually escaped the bet ...more
Audrey Wilkerson
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
**This is book 2 of the Palace of Spies series, so there may be some spoilers re previous volumes.**

In this second volume, our heroine (and spy), Peggy, is still doing some work for Mr. Tinderflint. She’s still at the court of the Prince and Princess of Wales, still in love with Matthew and still, unfortunately, betrothed to that horrible man, Sebastian Sandford. Certainly she should be away from him by now, considering is act of near violence upon her. But, as any woman from the 1700s would tel
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Two disclaimers: I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher, which has not affected my review; if possible, I would have given this book 3.5 stars.

Okay, first the parts I liked:
This is historical fiction that actually includes historical facts. The author wove in the complicated political situation in England after the death of Queen Anne when the peers of the realm were seriously considering whether the House of Hanover should remain on the throne or whether the displa
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I recieved a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

I'm a big fan of historical fiction but this is my first foray into this time period, which I found a tiny bit confusing with the book's description until I did a bit of research online on my own to clarify a few things.

I haven't read the first book in this series and found that only mildly distracting when the main character would refer to previous events. This book doesn't seem to rely too hea
Small Review
Ok. Nice story and the final 100 pages were the best, but the plot and characters didn't engage me.

Originally posted on Small Review

Last year I reviewed the first book Palace of Spies and thought it was good, but missing something. I hate to say it, but things have not improved in Dangerous Deceptions.

In the broad strokes, everything is pretty promising: interesting historical setting (in the court of George I), a cadre of ladies in waiting, puppies, court intrigue, deception, and spies.

And yet
Dena (Batch of Books)
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, ya
This is the second installment in the Palace of Spies series. Peggy Fitzroy is back with another adventure and a new mystery to solve. Her old betrothal has come back to haunt her and she needs to figure out why.

This book didn't have as much going on as the first, but it was still an entertaining read. I love Peggy as a main character. I really liked her relationship with Matthew, Olivia, and Molly. I liked the way things played out and I really liked the fact that I wasn't left with any gaping
Mrs. Kenyon
Nov 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-books
Peggy Fitzroy is a lady in waiting to Princess Caroline in the 1716 London court. Like many other women of her time, she is betrothed to a man not of her choosing, but she is hoping to break this arrangement so that she can be with the love of her life, Matthew. The lessons she has learned during her training to become a spy are put to good use when her fiancé returns to court with plans to claim her. Peggy must uncover the truth about her family and that of her fiancé in order to have any chanc ...more
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Sarah Zettel is the critically acclaimed author of more than twenty novels, spanning the full range of genre fiction. Her debut novel, Reclamation, won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her second release, Fool’s War, was a 1997 New York Times Notable Book, and the American Library Association named Playing God one of the Best Books for Young Adults of 1999. Her novel Bitter Angels won the Phi ...more

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