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Though This Be Madness

(Lilly Long #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Shakespearean actress turned Pinkerton detective Lilly Long and her reluctant partner, Cade McShane, travel to New Orleans to save a young widow from a fate worse than death "
"1881, Chicago." Assigned to her second case as a Pinkerton, Lilly still needs to prove herself both as a novice detective and as a woman in a man s world. Ordered to once again work with Lilly, Cade
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This second book in the Lilly Long mysteries suffers a bit of a sophomore slump. Lilly is assigned to her second case but, being that she's still pretty inexperienced as an operative, William Pinkerton, her boss, decides that it would be best for all concerned if she were paired with an experienced partner. This is where Cade McShane comes in. He was introduced in the first book as a formerly fired agent who is back on the payroll on a probationary basis. The case involves investigating whether ...more
Clare O'Beara
Having enjoyed the first book about a Pinkerton detective, Lilly Long, I was delighted to read her further adventures. In this book she goes to New Orleans with a fellow agent and they pretend to be domestic staff as they try to discover why a doctor has had his wife committed to a mental home. The similarity with journalist Nellie Bly won't be lost on many readers, but Lilly doesn't get herself committed. She has a hard enough time because we see all the domestic work of a multi-person househol ...more
Linda Rooney-card
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Start with a young female rookie Pinkerton agent, add a bit of a loose cannon male agent trying to redeem himself who has been instructed to teach her the ropes of being an agent while hopefully her presence keeps him out of further trouble. It is a partnership neither of them wants. Throw in a precocious 10 year old orphan who knows way more about the ways of the world than a 10 year old should know and hang on for the ride!

Thoroughly enjoyed it! I swear at times I could smell food cooking, be
Nyla Graham
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Penny Richards has again written a refreshing, easy read story with well developed characters and interesting places.

In her second Pinkerton assignment, former actress, Lilly Long finds herself unwittingly paired with investigator Cade McShane in the guise of husband and wife. Their assignment? To find out why a member of the wealthy New Orleans Fontenot family was committed to an insane asylum by her second husband.

Intrigue, betrayal, voodoo curses and murder will keep you guessing the outcome
Nancy H
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This well-crafted historical mystery is the perfect read. The characters are well drawn, the setting is very good, and the plot is excellent. Lilly Long is a Pinkerton agent, and is assigned to her second case, with another operative, Cade McShane, with whom she is not happy to be working. The two work things out, however, as their case proceeds. They also take on a homeless child who has been following Cade ever since Cade helped in the past. The three of them prove to be a great team when they ...more
Wynter Phillips
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Such a well thought out plot, I didn’t see the twist coming at all.

Once again Penny Richards has done a wonderful job of creating a story that feels real, evokes true emotion, and makes you want more.
Randee Green
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THOUGH THIS BE MADNESS, the second novel in the Lilly Long Mystery series, begins almost immediately after AN UNTIMELY FROST leaves off. Pinkerton detective, Lilly Long, has just wrapped up her first investigation for the agency, and she barely has time to breath before she is sent off on an undercover operation in New Orleans along with her new partner. Agent Cade McShane has been working for the Pinkertons for years, and he is less than thrilled to be saddled with a young, inexperienced female ...more
1.5 stars, rounded up for seemingly good intentions.

I have mixed thoughts about this series so far.
On one hand, the books' main characters seem to subscribe to good principles and most of them are likable to varying degrees.
On the other hand, the author seems to get a lot of pleasure out of subjecting the female characters to horrific acts of violence, brutality and everyday cruelty. TW:(view spoiler)
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways, mystery
*Disclaimer 1 - I received an ARC of this book via a Goodreads giveaway*
** Disclaimer 2 - I have not read the first book in this series**

3.5 stars

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I think it was fine that I had not read the first book of the series prior to reading the second book, although I likely would have preferred going in order (I generally do).

The book was not too exciting -- I would say it had mystery, excitement, romance, etc. in doses, which I do not consider a knock, just a matter of
Diana Majors
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
I was captivated by this book from the very beginning! Once I began reading it, I couldn't put it down! Penny Richards has spun quite a web with Though This by Madness, the second book in the Lilly Long Mystery series. The complex characters of Lilly Long and Cade McShane, Pinkerton detective agents, were beautifully woven. Richards is a talented author, making me feel as if I were actually present in these scenes, seeing what they saw, smelling the wonderful Cajun dishes they ate, and experienc ...more
Bethany Swafford
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Lilly Long is off on her second assignment. This time she has an official partner, Cade McShane, who had watched over her during her first case. These two must learn how to work together as they travel to New Orleans for a case filled with secrets, betrayal, voodoo, and murder.

As a sequel, this is a fantastic book. It builds on the first one in a brilliant way, allowing us to see that Lilly still has a lot to learn in her new profession. At times, she does seem too hard on herself, and that was
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I read the first book, but I know I liked it enough to look forward to this one. I was a bit let down. While it's understood that undercover agents can't just go off on their own while they have to act out their roles, it felt too much like everything just unfolded in front of them while Lilly and Cade barely did anything to advance their case. Then suddenly at the end, they had two days off (didn't catch the explanation if there was one) and brought things to a climax an ...more
Tanya Anderson

I enjoyed the first book because there was no "love interest" per se for the heroine. I felt this aspect made this story very run of the mill. Also, the mystery itself is rather "easy" to guess once the clues are in place. I wouldn't have read this sequel if it was first in the series. I may not read the next one as the plot was predictable and weak, something I felt the first book was not.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Assigned to her second case as a Pinkerton, Lilly still needs to prove herself to the agency. and herself. Lilly's not sure this will happen now that she finds she's working with another agent, Cade. In this novel Lilly travels to New Orleans and works as husband and wife servants to investigate suspicious activities at the Fortenot home.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars

This is a readable cozy with an unusual premise. Former actress Lilly Long and her investigative partner Cade McShane are Pinkerton operatives in the 19th century post Civil War U.S. And unlikely and unwilling partners they are. Lilly is promising but inexperienced, and McShane has to atone for an earlier misbehavior, so they are yoked together in this 2nd series entry. Naturally, they are both drawn to and antagonistic to each other. They each carry substantial emotional baggage and st
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