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And Dangerous to Know

(Rosalind Thorne Mysteries #3)

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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  43 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 of
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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2020 by Kensington Books (first published December 31st 2019)
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Sarah
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
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Hannah
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.
Megan
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 ...more
Toni
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
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Debbie
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, mystery
"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
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Nancy
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
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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
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 ...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 ...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
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Susan
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
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Faith
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
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Myarn
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
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Gail
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
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Homerun2
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
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Milena
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-sleuths
I enjoyed the first two books in the Rosalind Thorne mysteries and was patiently awaiting the third book. It was a long wait but the latest installment, And Dangerous to Know, did not disappoint. In this book, Rosalind investigates the disappearance of the letters belonging to the famous Lord Byron. Rosalind is hired by Lady Melbourne, whose daughter-in-law is Lady Caroline Lamb, Lord Byron's notorious former lover.

In addition to the disappearance of the letters, the body of an unnamed woman
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Caroline
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, netgalley
Oh my. What a thrill to be back in Rosalind Thorne’s world. It has been much too long since book two, but the author made it incredibly easy to pick up where we left off. The mystery of Lady Melbourne’s stolen letters unfurls at an excellent pace, and I devoured this book as quickly as possible. I was kept guessing as to the villains identity, and felt sympathy for some surprising characters. The love triangle was still in evidence, kind of - it was formed with light sheer scarves, but still ...more
Mary
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd installment of the Rosalind Thorne Mystery Series. Rosalind must take up residence in Lady Melbourne’s house and serve as her private secretary to recover some damaging letters that have been stolen from the estate. All is not what it seems as Adam Harkness a Bow street runner has informed Rosalind that the body of a young woman was delivered to the runners from the Melbourne estate and she had been murdered. Adam is asking Rosalind’s help with the murder and she still needs to ...more
Krista
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third installment of the the Rosalind Thorne Mysteries finds her and Mr. Harkness needing to collaborate. Miss Thorne is invited to stay at Melbourne House to help discover what happened to a packet of letters that were penned by the Lord Byron. Letters that could be damaging to a number of people. At the same time that Miss Thorne receives this invitation, Mr. Harkness has discovered that a woman was murdered at Melbourne House. To help discover who this woman is and why she was murdered, ...more
Krista
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The third installment of the the Rosalind Thorne Mysteries finds her and Mr. Harkness needing to collaborate. Miss Thorne is invited to stay at Melbourne House to help discover what happened to a packet of letters that were penned by the Lord Byron. Letters that could be damaging to a number of people. At the same time that Miss Thorne receives this invitation, Mr. Harkness has discovered that a woman was murdered at Melbourne House. To help discover who this woman is and why she was murdered, ...more
Nancy
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Lindsey
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent series and I really enjoyed the third entry! In this one, both Adam and Rosalind end up at Melbourne House for two different reasons but ones that become intertwined very quickly. Rosalind uses her social connections, and more importantly to me, her brain to help solve the connected mysteries. Part of the reason I like this series including this book so much is because it actually has a Regency feel to it. Regency mysteries are my absolute favorites, but I've read some that ...more
Antoinette
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
And Dangerous to Know, Rosalind Thorne mystery #3, finds Rosalind living in the London home of Lady Melbourne, posing as the lady's confidential secretary. Her actual job is to recover letter connected to Lord Byron, who carried out a notorious affair with Lady Melbourne's daughter-in-law. Good character development, complicated plot, lots of red herrings, and interesting descriptions of place and time. Recommend it to fans of historic fiction, especially the regency era.
Brett
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darcie Wilde, has done it again, she has created a great mystery, for Rosalind Thorne, to solve. The story is full of twists, turns and red herrings, at every turn of the page. I many times, thought, I had figured out who the murderer was, only to be proven wrong! I am a little sad that Ms. Thorne and Mr. Harkness’ relationship, turned into a cliff hanger, to possibly be cleared up in book 4? I hope Ms. Wilde will release book 4, sooner than later!!!!
Annarella
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.
Justine Barr
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rosalind Thorne again finds her self unraveling the mysteries and scandals of high society in this third installment of Darcie Wilde’s addicting Regency era mystery series. This time, Rosalind is called to Melbourne house where sensitive letters about none other than Lord Byron have been stolen! Rosalind, the definition a plucky heroine, untwists the strands of this mystery with grace, charm, and a wit that would make Sherlock Holmes take notice.

With a cast of well written characters and a plot
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Erin
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 rounded down - the central story worked but the secondary plots somehow didn't resolve quite as clearly and the only thing to be said about the love triangle is that Rosalind finally found some of her words with one of them. Sadly this book felt a bit like filler for the main characters, which is frustrating for such a well researched and detail rich historical mystery series. Will still be looking out for book 4.
Ava January
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book - the concept is really great. I love how real-life scandalous characters have been woven throughout the storyline and the unrequited love interest works well.
It was a little confusing for me that it was the third in a series as there were a lot of references to the other books but it was still easy to read as a stand alone!
Sarah
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.
Anna Fox
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I've read by this author and it prompted me to go out and find the rest. I can't wait to find out what happens in the character's lives in the next book.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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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.

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Rosalind Thorne Mysteries (3 books)
  • A Useful Woman (Rosalind Thorne Mysteries #1)
  • A Purely Private Matter (Rosalind Thorne Mysteries, #2)