I still love Liberty Lane. She’s the heroine of Caro Peacock’s new release, A Dangerous Affair. The new book is the US release of Peacock’s second historical adventure/mystery featuring the Victorian heroine, Liberty Lane.
This book features her solving the murder of a notorious theatrical dancer who goes by the stage name, Columbine. As was true in the first book, Liberty is driven to solve the case because it’s resolution directly affects someone close to her. David Suter, Liberty’s close friend and confidant, has fallen in love with a chorus dancer working alongside Columbine. Young Jenny has stolen his heart but appears to have alienated the star of the show. Their animosity becomes public in an on-stage altercation and Columbine’s murder follows soon after. Jenny is suspected and sentenced to death. David’s grief is all-consuming and Liberty cannot help but become involved in identifying the true murderer. Soon Liberty is the central investigator with the help of her friend Amos Legge and another musician associate of David’s, Daniel Kennedy.
I love the quick pace of this book and Peacock’s Liberty seems to be becoming more acclimated to the Victorian era. Any hesitation I might have had about her historical plausibility is dissipating. Liberty’s energy and insight are so winning that I can’t help but enjoy her exploits and the mood invoked in the book seems just right for the period. I loved reading about the backstage dramatics at a Victorian theater and her descriptions of meeting a prisoner in the bowels of the Old Bailey are terrific.
My last post featured a review of the first novel and if you scroll down you can see how much I enjoyed discovering Peacock and her characters. They are all back in this second novel and I love how Peacock reveals just a bit more about each of them. We discover more about these characters as Liberty does and Peacock leaves us wanting more– especially about the enigmatic Amos Legge and the infamous Benjamin Disraeli. I love it that Liberty is attracts such interesting and diverse male friends, but I admit to wanting a bit more positive female interaction for Liberty. She’s the product of strong and charismatic father (we never learned much of her long dead mother) and seems aloof from any real attachments to women. She’s strong enough to hold her own so I hope Peacock will allow her an equally intelligent female partner in crime (even if it’s just a minimal role).
I can’t wait to find out more about Caro Peacock– I’m off to check out her websites via Avon and her UK publisher. I hope to learn that more Liberty is in store for 2009 and beyond.