Avon Books, 10 East 53rd Street, NY, NY 10022
Mass Market Paperback
Rating: 4 Cups
Meg is the daughter of a wealthy chocolatier and a member of the Ladies’ Amateur Sleuth Society. She is determined to assist her father in the running of the chocolate factory and has sworn never to marry. Her father’s devastation at the death of her mother is far too scary for her even to think of trying marriage.
Gareth Mandeville, now a common laborer in the Piddington Chocolate factory, is an impoverished viscount. His father’s scandalous death and his mother’s escape to Ireland with her five children left him to make his own way in life and he is determined not to use his title to advance himself.
Fate and a villain throw Meg and Gareth together time after time. They are locked in a storeroom alone one evening, unable to hide their attraction to each other, but also unable act upon it. The Ladies’ Amateur Sleuth Society is determined to solve the mystery of the missing chocolate boxes and of why the thief wants to get rid of Gareth.
This is an excellent historical romance. Gareth and Meg have so much chemistry and it is fun to watch them fight their attraction for each other. Gareth is unusual in that he is a viscount with no money and that, instead of trying to marry for money as is usual in this sort of book; he hides the title and works for a living. Meg is the only daughter of a wealthy businessman and wishes to follow in his footsteps because she is afraid of loving someone as much as her father loved her mother. The ladies of the Sleuth Society are very different from each other and quite vividly drawn. The bad guys are a little obvious to the reader, but it is more fun that way.
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