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Sonnet to a Dead Contessa by Gilbert Morris | Book Review by Loraine Nunley

Synopsis from the back of the book:

In London, 1858, women of British nobility are being murdered with alarming frequency, so Scotland Yard calls on Lady Serafina Trent and her crime-solving partner, Dylan Tremayne, to help piece together the perplexing clues. With Dylan’s help, Serafina has garnered acclaim as a brilliant detective — solving mysteries by relying on her astute observation and scientific reasoning.

But in the midst of solving these crimes, Serafina’s relationship with Dylan meets unexpected stress when his childhood sweetheart returns. Torn between desire and decorum, Serafina desperately wants Dylan to be happy — but in the arms of another woman?

After a lifetime of viewing the world through a practical lens, Serafina begins to examine her own soul — and realizes her need for Jesus. Yet will her faith save her life when all clues point to Serafina as the murderer’s next victim?

My review:

This is the final installment in the Lady Trent Mystery series and it ended well. I liked how the relationships ended up. The mystery was not as prevalent in this installment, but I was still guessing until the end.

Lady Serafina, who was analytical in her thinking, finally begins to explore her heart. She admits to how she feels about Dylan and she realizes her need for Jesus. I was so happy to see her resolve her doubts and regain happiness.

I had enjoyed Dylan throughout the series. He struggles with temptation, but manages to stand firm in his faith. I was bothered by him falling into the trap of some other woman when it was obvious that Serafina was the one for him, but he still had some growing to do before the end of the series.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

A satisfying conclusion to the romance and another mystery to solve.

What I didn’t like about this book:

The motive for the murders.

My rating:  4 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others?  Yes. This is the third book in the series. It can be read as a standalone, but the relationships mean more if you read the first two.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Gilbert Morris, Goodreads Page

-Loraine Nunley

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