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A Dangerous Madness

(Regency London #3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,188 ratings  ·  183 reviews
The Duke of Wittaker has been living a lie...

He’s been spying on the dissolute, discontented noblemen of the ton, pretending to share their views. Now he’s ready to step out of the shadows and start living a real life...but when the prime minister of England is assassinated, he's asked to go back to being the rake-hell duke everyone believes he still is to find out more.

Paperback, 326 pages
Published May 19th 2014 by Michelle Diener (first published May 18th 2014)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Kindle freebie romance time again. A Dangerous Madness mixes the usual romance with a historical event - the 1812 murder of Spencer Perceval, the British prime minister, by one John Bellingham, a Liverpool merchant - and turns it into a conspiracy mystery. Bellingham may or may not be delusional, and may have been egged on by unknown conspirators.

All Miss Phoebe Hillier knows is that her rather foolish and pompous fiancé was somehow involved with Bellingham, right before he jilted her and took
Ivy H
This is more regency historical fiction, with a romantic storyline included to sweeten the plot. So, if you're hoping for lots of sex, balls, horseback riding on Rotten Row and walks in Hyde Park then you'll be disappointed. But, if you love history, enjoy a good mystery and you're up for lots of intrigue built around the author's own conspiracy theory about the assassination of British Prime Minister, Spencer Perceval, then this is right up your alley.

This is the third in the trilogy of standa
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it

Very intriguing book. This was a new author for me, and I was quite impressed. This regency romance revolves around the real-life assassination of Spencer Perceval, the Prime Minister of London in 1812. The author admittedly wove in real-life characters and events into a conspiracy theory of her own making. She also managed to weave a little romance in there too, which sweetened the deal for me. At the end of the story she includes an author's note which explains which events and characte
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the third in the series of Ms Diener’s loosely connected romantic mysteries set in the Regency period and, as with the other two, it takes as its starting point an actual historical event – in this case the assassination of Spencer Perceval, the British Prime Minister, in 1812.

The whole of society knows that James, Duke of Wittaker, is a wastrel and reprobate, a young man given to drinking, wenching, and gaming who was a sore trial to his late, upstanding father. What the whole of socie
Michelle Diener
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: historical, regency

I am so excited that my historical novel, A Dangerous Madness, releases today. A Dangerous Madness is set during the Regency period in London, and the plot revolves around the assassination of the British prime minister, Spencer Perceval.

A Dangerous Madness stands alone, but it is also connected to two other of my historical novels, The Emperor's Conspiracy and Banquet of Lies. The fun part of connecting the novels for me was to revisit characters I love from the previous two books (w
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Michelle Diener is a jack-of-all-trades, a gifted writer who can move between genres with ease and find success among multiple demographics. The historic mystery in The Emperor's Conspiracy proved her a master of intrigue while fantasy adaptations like Mistress of the Wind and The Golden Apple highlighted her creativity and original narrative style. She wields a wickedly witty pen and though her work leans toward lighter fic
Olga Godim
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this Kindle ARC through NetGalley from the publisher, Season Publishing.

An intriguing historical novel, a mix of mystery and romance, this book was a quick, absorbing read. Educational too, as the author chose a real-life mystery to power her imagination. In 1812, the British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval was shot dead by John Bellingham. To this day, that assassination baffles historians. Was it a conspiracy? If yes, who was involved? Ms. Diener let this particular crime propel her
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Time period was 1812. This was historical fiction
with a romance. Spencer Perceval was the only
English Prime Minister ever to be murdered.

Heroine Phoebe, dtr of a baronet met hero James,
and informed him she didn't trust him b/c his
reputation included duels, gambling and women
(actually a façade). For a time she hid her

James, a Duke & former soldier, was charged with
helping to investigate the PM's murder. it was
public knowledge that the PM opposed slave trading.
Would this le
“The Prime Minister has just been assassinated.” Dervish ran a hand over his stark, sharp face, and James could see it shook. --Dervish & James

This was such a different sort of historical read for me. I don't think I've ever read an HR novel where the story was much less character-driven and more murder-mystery/realistic historical fiction. And I have to say that I was definitely intrigued, even though I didn't form a strong bond with either of the two MCs. In fact, the character I probably symp
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Phoebe Hillier is jilted the night before Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated while exiting the House of Commons. James, Duke of Wittaker, is asked to resume the disguise as a dissolute rake in order to assist in the investigation as to what—or who—might have been aiding the assassin. And Phoebe's ex-fiance is topping the list of suspects... Along the way, there is mayhem! romance! politics! and intrigue!

1. This was interesting. And I mean that in the best of ways. The basis of the s
Isa Lavinia

ARC provided by Season Publishing through Netgalley

Phoebe is trapped in a loveless engagement - that is, until Sheldrake, her intended, breaks it off with her with vague allusions to a plot which will force him to leave the country.

Phoebe is relieved to be rid of Sheldrake, but suspicious when the Prime Minister is murdered concurrently with her former betrothed's departure.

James, the Duke of Wittaker, has taken leave from spying for King and Country. He's tired of playing the fop, the
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Prime Minister is shot dead. James, Duke of Whittaker, with three associates believes the murderer, Bellingham, wasn't the only suspect involved in the Prime Minister's death. Phoebe was betrothed to one of the suspects. Someone believes she has something pertaining to the murder. Can James protect Phoebe from danger? Can they prove the conspiracy theory before Bellingham's trial?

The characters are well-rounded and believable. The history of the trial is true and not filler. The pacing is a

This is the story in which the two plots it has don't really connect. Mind, this novel is well-written on a technical level, the editing per se was fine, the prose fluent, but the plot. The plot.

Why would an author spend an inordinate amount of time getting historical facts right, as indeed Ms Diener did with the entire mystery related to the assassination of Spencer Perceval, which was meticulously researched, only to then turn the romantic main plot into something which is not only sev
Amy Bruno
There is so much to love about this read I don't know where to quite begin! A Dangerous Madness is the third book in Michelle Diener's Regency series. I haven't read the first two books, but I will be picking them up as soon as humanly possible because I am hooked!

The book centers around the assassination of Perceval Spencer, "the only English prime minister ever to be assassinated". This is the first I had heard of this event, so it was really interesting to learn more about it and the investig
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
The murder investigation plot was so tight, on it's own I probably would have rated this a four or above. Diener clearly did her research, as the central investigation surrounds the real life murder of British Prime Minister Perceval in 1812.

The romance is very much secondary to the plot, which on its own would not be a detriment to the novel, but there are so many glimpses of what could be an excellent romance that simply fail to follow through. Some of that is certainly due to the quick turna
*Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*
I first heard of Michelle Diener through Stephanie at Bookfever, she's a mad keen Michelle Diener fan and her enthusiasm for the author was catching and I had to try out her books so off to Netgalley I went to request A Dangerous Madness as I'd seen it on there.

Yes, A Dangerous Madness is book 3 in the Regency London series but I had it on good authority that the series is very loose and each book so far can be read as a standalone so what did I have to lose?

The book's story revolves around a su
Book Him Danno
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A brilliantly conceived historical romance that takes a sliver of fact and builds an intriguing romantic encounter around same. While the basic facts can not be ignored they provide the impetus for the initial meeting and growing love story between the two principals. A well told tale that, if you enjoy history as I do, will provide a very pleasant reading interlude.

I have rated this book 5 stars.

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format. Frank You Frank for your review.
Dean Cummings
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“A Dangerous Madness” was filled with the kind of conversational situations I’ve always loved, those where one party rises above a perceived (or real) “situational disadvantage,” revolting against conventional expectation to secure a foothold in a matter of minutes, sometimes seconds.

For me, one of the most memorable “conversational power shifts” occurs in the 1995 romantic comedy-drama movie, “The American President.” The scene itself takes place in the Oval Office, where two parties are prese
Tara Chevrestt
This story is a perfect blend of romance, real history, and mystery...not to mention a dashing hero that I even fell for.

I didn't realize until a quarter thru the story that the murder of the British Prime Minister Perceval shot dead by a John Bellingham in front of the House of Commons really did happen. The entire mystery in this story revolves around a real incident.

That just made the story even more appealing for me than it already was.

We have the Duke of Wittaker..and I was quite charmed by
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
While I enjoyed the adventures of James and Phoebe, they were somewhat more by the book than the previous two novels in Diener's series, making this feel much more ordinary. Basing the novel around the murder of the Prime Minister in 1812 was fascinating, however, and certainly made me want to do more research into that aspect of Regency politics. The mystery felt a bit better thought out in this book, although I thought the romance was lacking. If another book in the series comes out, I will re ...more
Apr 18, 2017 added it
Shelves: kindle-freebie
I liked it. It wouldn't read it for authentic behavior for the time but I don't like too realistic historicals because I don't enjoy reading about what now feels like misogyny. It's a fictionalized version of events with a mild romance side plot,
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting enough

The book was interesting enough for me to keep turning the pages to know what happens next. The historical mystery was good but the romance between the main characters was not concluded, in my opinion, satisfactorily. Thus losing one star in this review.
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
DNF 31%

I did not care about the political intrigue and a lot of the book is about exactly that. The writing is good so it is worth reading if you enjoy some suspense.
A Dangerous Madness is Diener’s third book in her Regency London historical mystery series. I haven’t read the previous two books in the series; however, I don’t feel that it impacted my reading of A Dangerous Madness. There were some small references to previous books and the characters from them, but this one can be read as a stand-alone novel.

The Duke of Wittaker has recently stepped back at the ripe old age of twenty-seven (if I calculated correctly) from his career as a spy. At his fath
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
Originally posted at The Bookaholic Cat

A Dangerous Madness is the third book in the Regency London series by Michelle Diener.

I had heard great things about Michelle Diener’s books, when I saw A Dangerous Madness available for review I knew this was my chance. I'm glad I took the plunge.
When I requested it I thought A Dangerous Madness was a stand-alone, but after just couple of pages in, with the mention of other couples I realized this book was part of a series. The mention of some past events
Stephanie (Bookfever)
Michelle Diener has done it yet again! A Dangerous Madness was another wonderfully suspenseful and amazingly written Regency London book. I loved it and flew through it in a little more than a day. I just couldn't stop reading, which seems to be a contstant occurence with books by Michelle Diener.

As always is the case with books by this author, it featured not only a strong hero but also a strong heroine...
Phoebe Hillier has been living her life according to what's right by society's standards.
Deborah Andreasen
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting historical read

This was a week written history mixed with speculation and romance. (I have not read the other books in the series.) I loved Wittaker, and Pheobe was a hearty, strong heroine. I am not much of a history buff, but I didn't feel like I was reading a textbook. It just felt like a murder mystery. There was a bit of heat to the book. No explicit content per se, but there was talk that made me wonder if it would turn that way. So for that reason, I would not recommend to you
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With thrilling mystery, dangerous secrets, and a sprinkle of sweet romance, A Dangerous Madness was a wonderful read. I really liked this lovely book. It was an engaging, thrilling, delight of a read.

Phoebe was a lovely heroine. After following Society's rules for her whole life and still receiving its censure when he betrothed leaves her, she decided that she'd had enough. And, that it was time to follow her own rules. I really liked her. She was a strong character, one who took on everything t
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the atmosphere the books by Diener usually provide, and A Dangerous Madness is no exception. There are two strong-willed, clever and practical main characters who work with each other to overcome their enemies. There is a world of intrigue, and there is a real historical event behind this book - a conspiracy to shoot a British prime minister. This actually happened, peeps, and admit I never heard about it before, but Michelle managed to entangle together fictional and real characters and ...more
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This highly entertaining book is based on the assassination of the British Prime Minister in 1812. The Duke of Whittiker is asked to look into this incident for the crown, using his false persona as a gambler, and a rake. His investigation keeps turning up a name Sheldrake. He is engaged to a beautiful woman, of wealth named Pheobe. James, the duke, and Pheobe work close to find the reasons behind more deaths, secret messages, and packages, and two attempts on Pheobe' s life ., as well as Sheldr ...more
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Michelle Diener is a bestselling, award-winning author of historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy. Having worked in publishing and IT, she's now very happy crafting new worlds and interesting characters and wondering which part of the world she can travel to next.

Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

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