Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “And Dangerous to Know (Rosalind Thorne Mystery #3)” as Want to Read:
And Dangerous to Know (Rosalind Thorne Mystery #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

And Dangerous to Know

(Rosalind Thorne Mysteries #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  686 ratings  ·  108 reviews

When the ladies of the ton of Regency London need discreet assistance, they turn to Rosalind Thorne—in these mysteries inspired by the novels of Jane Austen . . .
Trust is a delicate thing, and no one knows that better than Rosalind Thorne. Lady Melbourne has entrusted her with recovering a packet of highly sensitive private letters stolen from her desk. The contents
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published January 1st 2020 by Kensington Books (first published December 31st 2019)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.94  · 
Rating details
 ·  686 ratings  ·  108 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of And Dangerous to Know (Rosalind Thorne Mystery #3)
When a mystery series is introduced with such words as, “…inspired by the novels of Jane Austen”, you may be sure that I will be more than willing to delve right in with alacrity. Wilde created a capable heroine who was high born, fallen with her family’s disgrace, and risen by her own resolution and strength as a useful woman to those who were once her peers and what began with curiosity continues to impress with deep appreciation for her spirit and intelligence.

And Dangerous to Know is so titl
Susan in NC
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love this Regency-set historical mystery series, but this was not my favorite outing.

Rosalind Thorne is a lady in reduced circumstances who has fashioned a rather unique niche for herself in the ton. She provides the great and good her services as a planner of social events, solver of delicate “problems” (messy, embarrassing stuff that can ruin reputations - like compromising letters), and by being generally “useful”. Rosalind is a great character.

I also like the other returning characters, l
When the body of an unidentified woman is brought to Bow Street, Principal Officer Adam Harkness is concerned because the woman was found in the courtyard of Melbourne House. Lady Melbourne is one of the highest sticklers of the ton and will not take kindly to Bow Street asking questions. Thankfully, Adam knows the one person who can ask important questions to find out the woman's identity and who killed her. Little does Adam know, Rosalind Thorne has just accepted a position at Melbourne House ...more
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
After her father and sister abandoned the family after he destroyed their finances and after her mother passed a few years ago, Rosalind Thorne has been forced to make her own way living by her own wits as a 'gentlewoman of reduced circumstances.'

Recruited by Lady Jersey, Rosalind is called to the home of the prestigious Lady Melbourne to recover a bundle of sensitive correspondence that have been stolen from a locked desk drawer. In order to investigate Rosalind will need to stay on in Lady Mel
Jun 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
YES! The cover is here! I go back and forth on whether Im rooting for Devon or Adam, but judging by how excited I was that the latter was in the synopsis, I guess Im more into Adam at the moment.
Elaine Wilson
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Very disappointing. I did not appreciate the se of real historic figures as the lead characters. While the author attempted to cast suspicion on the members of the family, anyone knowing the history knew they were not murderers.
Also, by the third volume it's time to pick the hero.

Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: regency, cozy-mystery
I find I did not "click" with this one as much as the first two--and I think the problem lies with the theme. The first book deals with a place (Almack's). The second with a political/social issue (divorce). This one deals with a particular scandal that rocked the Regency era (Lady Caroline Lamb and Lord Byron!). Instead of snip-its about the era, the chapters begin with out-of-context quotes from letters from the various players in the story.
I surprised myself by "enjoying" reading about Lady
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this third installment in the series Rosalind finds herself being summoned to Melbourne House and tasked with the job of finding missing letters, the contents of which would bring even greater scandal to Lady Melbourne’s household. Rosalind would rather not get involved with the dramas of this notorious family, but also realizes that her financial well-being is dependent on staying in the good graces of the socially powerful. While trying to decide how to proceed, her friend Adam Harkness a B ...more
Barb in Maryland
Rosalind gets mixed up in a very delicate case involving murder and missing letters, thanks to Lady Jersey (Patroness of Almack's) and Adam Harkness (Bow Street investigator). Lady Jersey wants Rosalind to help Lady Melbourne recover some 'stolen' letters of a very sensitive nature (Lord Byron, ahem) and enlists Rosalind to be the major helper. Harkness would appreciate Rosalind finding out the identity of a murdered woman whose body was recently delivered to Bow Street from the grounds of Melbo ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Until a week ago, I had never heard of the author Darcie Wilde. I have since listened to all 3 books in the Rosalind Thorne series, and am eagerly awaiting more books in the series. I recommend this series to readers who enjoy Deanna Raybourn's Veronica Speedwell series or C.S. Harris' Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries. ...more
The story was not interesting enough to completely claim my attention. I kept fixating on the number of characters who learned about Lady Melbourne's “secret” letters from Miss Rosalind Thorne.

Mrs. Kendricks
Miss Alice Littlefield
Mr. Adam Harkness
Sir David Royce
Mr. Sampson Goutier
Dr. Philip Bellingham
Mr. Sebastian Faulks
Mr. William Lamb
Mr. Jonathan Townsend
Mr. Henry Colburn

For someone who supposedly had such high scruples, Rosalind sure didn't mind completely abusing her employer's trust.

There w
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars

This is the third book in the Rosalind Thorne mystery series by Darcie Wilde.

You need to go into this book knowing that this piece is set in the early 1800. Back then the speech was more stiff and proper. So, if you are looking for the normal flow you see in regular era books, you aren’t going to find it here. That is due mostly to the Regency setting. If you love a good Jane Austen book, you will definitely love this. But go in aware of the setting in order to get the most out of this
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
"And Dangerous to Know" is a mystery set in 1817 in London, England. This is the third book in the series. You don't need to read the previous books to understand this one, and this one didn't spoil the previous mysteries.

This was a clue-based puzzle mystery. Rosalind, Harkness (and those helping them) asked questions and collected information in their different ways. Rosalind was clever, but the mystery was complex and twisty. Whodunit was guessable but not obvious. The characters were interest
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled across this series at my newly-local library, and somehow ended up taking the third one home with me. (WHY are the booklists at the front of the book always out of order??) I may have spoiled myself slightly for the first two books, which of course I'll have to go back and read, because I ended up absolutely loving this one. Perhaps five stars is a bit of an over-eager enthusiasm, for lately any new mystery series I try seem to leave me with vague disappointment, but this one was deli ...more
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is book three in a series, it is my first encounter with the protagonist, Rosalind Thorne.
I loved everything about her, and about AND DANGEROUS TO KNOW.

Years and years ago I was an avid reader of Georgette Heyer's Regency Romances---this book had that familiar element of the restricted society, the haughty grand dames, and the bright, aspiring heroine. But, in addition to the romance, we also have a mystery which I found engaging and challenging.

Ms. Wilde has written an entertainin
Eileen Lynx
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good. I liked the ending.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've liked all the books in the series so far but, IMO none have been quite as good as the first. The mystery in this book kept me guessing and the based on a true story historical context was very interesting. However, I ultimately felt that with all the Lady Melbourne/Caroline Lamb/Lord Byron drama there was too little of Rosalind and her relationships in this story. Especially her relationship or lack there of with Adam. As always we're told there are unspoken feelings between them but, we ve ...more

This was actually Book 3 in the Rosalind Thorne series. However, the backstory was subtle and did not overwhelm the current plot. It could be a stand-alone mystery quite successfully, since Darcie Wilde provides an insight into how the protagonist arrived at her tenuous social situation.

Two flaws detracted from my enjoyment of the novel.
The vintage-artwork of the front covers of these novels is what first attracted my attention. But I don't think the story inside has a vintage feel at all.

The wr
I wish I knew how to rate this book (series). First, here is what I felt it was: a solid mystery and very solid writing. So if you love mysteries and well written ones then I would definitely recommend it.

However, I am not particularly partial to mysteries though I do read quite a few of them. For me, it's not really just the mystery. It MORE about the characters. I think when I read a mystery series, it's the characters that keep me coming back. Their interaction with each other and the bonds
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's the first book I read in this series and won't surely be the last as I loved this entertaining and engrossing story.
The historical background is well researched, the cast of characters is fleshed out and the mystery is solid.
The book kept hooked and the mystery kept me guessing.
An excellent read, highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
And Dangerous to Know earns 5+/5 Stolen Letters...Engaging Entertainment!
The death of an unidentified woman is obviously murder, but Adam Harkness, the principal officer at the Bow Street Station, is disappointed the King’s coroner is prepared only to make personal notes, then quietly have her interred. Nothing official, no public notice, no warrant allowing Harkness to inquire further. The body was found at the gates of Melbourne House, residence of the very influential Lord Melbourne, and it w
Helen Howerton
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
A dead woman has been found at the gates of Melbourne House. Lord and Lady Melbourne are famous, the upper ton of the ton, as it were. And unfortunately their daughter-in-law is infamous, Lady Caroline Lamb, known for her liaison with George Gordon, "the" Lord Byron of romantic lore. The dead woman is unknown, though. There is a possibility she was killed inside the gates of the mansion -- and a great scandal this would definitely be. Since the police are involved, an investigation must be under ...more
Deborah E Kehoe
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rosalind Thorne, due to the error’s of her father, finds herself in an unusual circumstance, managing her own household and making due with “gifts” from the ladies of the ton whom she has helped. Her livelihood is trust and she can’t afford her good name to be smudged, taking that income away. When Lady Melbourne needs help solving the disappearance of some personal letters she agree’s to help track them down but it seems she hasn’t been told the entire story. These letters are connected to a wo ...more
Taylor Hansen
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first foray into the series (and first time reading this author) and I was definitely pleasantly surprised to find a good historical mystery series I had somehow missed out on...which means there's now two more books I have to find and read!
I think because of the cover art I was expecting something a little more like a cozy mystery placed in a historical setting (But without a lot of historical heft) with a lot of witty repartee and more fun-loving-bantering-sassy vibe as heroines a
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am a long time fan of historical mysteries but somehow I missed this series. Starting with the third in the series convinced me to put the previous two books on my must read soon list and the series on my list of favorites. Even though I didn't have all of the backstory I felt that this worked well as a stand alone.
It's 1817 London and we are introduced to Adam Harkness of the famous Bow Street when he is called by the Coroner of Middlesex which includes London. An unidentified woman has been
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book begins with a corpse, an autopsy and a suspected murder. Adam Harkness, a Bow Street Investigator notices that the deceased’s body is a woman who has unusual marking all around her mouth. Sir David Reese, King’s Coroner gives him a diagnosis of suspected laudanum poisoning disguised in brandy, as well as the fact that the body was found outside the residence of Lord and Lady Melbourne. The afore mentioned Melbourne’s are the In Laws of Lady Caroline Lamb a paramour of Lord Byron.

As the
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And Dangerous to Know by Darcie Wilde. (Rosalind Thorne #3). 5 stars

This book follows last year's "A Purely Private Matter" and features Miss Rosalind Thorne as the main character. This mystery can be enjoyed as a single title, but you miss quite a bit of background and character development if you don't start with the first book - A Useful Woman. Miss Thorne is part of the aristocracy, albeit on the lower rung. Due to circumstances explained in the first book, she survives by being an aide/fixe
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
3.75 stars

This third entry in the Rosalind Thorne series finds our protagonist moving into Melbourne House, home to a very well-connected old British peer's family, including the infamous Lady Caroline Lamb, scandalous cast-off lover of Lord Byron. Rosalind has been asked by Bow Street to check into the disappearance of some old letters from Byron which have huge blackmail potential.

While you could read this as a standalone, there is a fair amount of background for Rosalind in the two previous n
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Rosalind Thorne series has continued to evolve and, in its third outing, has crossed from very good to excellent. Author Darcie Wilde has written a carefully crafted historical mystery which draws from actual events in the lives of Lord Byron and those impacted by his capricious and unpredictable behavior. His presence and influence permeates the book through actual quotes from his correspondence with characters in the novel, particularly Lady Carolyn Lamb.

The mystery involves stolen letters
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the ladies of the ton of Regency London need discreet assistance, they turn to Rosalind Thorne--in these mysteries inspired by the novels of Jane Austen . . .

Trust is a delicate thing, and no one knows that better than Rosalind Thorne. Lady Melbourne has entrusted her with recovering a packet of highly sensitive private letters stolen from her desk. The contents of these letters hold great interest for the famous poet Lord Byron, who had carried on a notorious public affair with Lady Melbou
« previous 1 3 4 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Goodreads Librari...: Please consolidate duplicate books covers 2 224 Nov 10, 2019 08:01AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Murder at the Opera (Atlas Catesby, #3)
  • The Body in the Garden (Lily Adler Mystery #1)
  • A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder (Countess of Harleigh Mystery, #3)
  • A Pretty Deceit (Verity Kent #4)
  • Murder at Queen's Landing (A Wrexford & Sloane Mystery #4)
  • Death Comes to the Nursery (Kurland St. Mary Mystery #7)
  • Murder on Cold Street (Lady Sherlock, #5)
  • Murder at Blackwater Bend (A Stella and Lyndy Mystery, #2)
  • A Stroke of Malice (Lady Darby Mystery, #8)
  • Murder in the East End (Kat Holloway Mysteries #4)
  • A Boldly Daring Scheme (Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries, #7)
  • Me
  • A Lady's Guide to Gossip and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #2)
  • A Deception at Thornecrest (Amory Ames #7)
  • Bring Me Their Hearts (Bring Me Their Hearts, #1)
  • Penny for Your Secrets (Verity Kent, #3)
  • Just Make Believe (Lady Adelaide Mystery #3)
  • Felicity Carrol and the Perilous Pursuit (Felicity Carrol Mystery #1)
See similar books…
Darcie Wilde is a pseudonym for Sarah Zettel, author of mysteries, science fiction, romance and Young Adult fiction, including the New York Times Notable Book Fool’s War and the bestselling Rosalind Thorne mysteries A Useful Woman. She also writes under the names Delia James, Sarah Zettel, Jennifer Hawkins C. L. Anderson and Marissa Day.

Darcie writes her classically styled (not to mention stylish)

Other books in the series

Rosalind Thorne Mysteries (4 books)
  • A Useful Woman (Rosalind Thorne Mysteries #1)
  • A Purely Private Matter (Rosalind Thorne Mysteries, #2)
  • A Lady Compromised (Rosalind Thorne, #4)

Related Articles

As this strange summer of staying put winds down, one thing remains truer than ever: Books offer us endless adventure and new horizons to...
56 likes · 30 comments