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The Peacock Throne by Lisa Karon Richardson | Book Review by Loraine Nunley #bookreview

What is this book about?

The Earl of Danbury has been murdered in his bed. The same night, in a far shabbier part of London, Miss Lydia Garrett’s guardian is stabbed and left for dead.

Against all odds it transpires the murders are related—the fortunes of the victims had become entangled decades earlier, when they spirited away the magnificent Indian Peacock Throne.

Lydia is determined justice will be done, whilst the Earl’s son Anthony is bent on revenge. To draw out the murderer, they agree they must locate the Throne.

Meanwhile, Marcus Harting, agent of His Majesty’s intelligence services, has received information suggesting Napoleon Bonaparte also seeks the Throne, for a sinister purpose.

Harting, Anthony, and Lydia join forces to find the Throne before the French. Their quest leads them around the globe on an adventure steeped in danger, treachery, and romance.

My review:

I was under the impression that this story was a historical romance which may have tainted my view of it. There is romance but I believe this story is actually more of a historical mystery.

The reader is thrown right into the middle of things when Anthony learns that his father has been murdered during the night. I could understand his thirst for answers. When he meets Lydia who is looking for those same answers to solve her guardian’s related murder, it is natural that they work together.

There were some sparks between Anthony and Lydia when Marcus, who is investigating, comes into the picture. What follows, as far as the romance, is a romantic triangle of sorts.

I did enjoy the mystery they were trying to solve but I wasn’t too surprised when the villain was revealed. The romance was not concluded leaving the ending open for another book. Sadly, there isn’t another book and I was left feeling like something was missing.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

The mystery was fun to work out.

What I didn’t like about this book:

Cliffhanger in the romance department.

Would I recommend this book to others? Maybe. If you read the book with the expectations of a good mystery, then yes. If you are looking for solid romance, no. It’s really too bad because I did like the characters and would enjoy reading more about their adventures. This is (currently) a standalone story.

I received this book complimentary in a giveaway. I was not required to give a review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are honest and my own.

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

Lisa Karon Richardson, Amazon page

-Loraine Nunley

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