Cover of The Masterful Mr. Montague

THE MASTERFUL MR. MONTAGUE

STEPHANIE LAURENS

http://www.stephanielaurens.com

Publisher:   Avon

Published date:  April 29, 2014

ISBN-10: 0062068660

ISBN-13: 978-0062068668

Genre: Historical Romance/Mystery

Source: Received for a honest review

Book Description

Montague has devoted his life to managing the wealth of London’s elite, but at a huge cost: a family of his own. Then the enticing Miss Violet Matcham seeks his help, and in the puzzle she presents him, he finds an intriguing new challenge professionally . . . and personally.

Violet, devoted lady-companion to the aging Lady Halstead, turns to Montague to reassure her ladyship that her affairs are in order. But the famous Montague is not at all what she’d expected—this man is compelling, decisive, supportive, and strong—everything Violet needs in a champion, a position to which Montague rapidly lays claim.

But then Lady Halstead is murdered and Violet and Montague, aided by Barnaby Adair, Inspector Stokes, Penelope, and Griselda, race to expose a cunning and cold-blooded killer who stalks closer and closer. Will Montague and Violet learn the shocking truth too late to seize their chance at enduring love?

My Thoughts

Miss Violet Matcham is the loyal companion to the aging Lady Halstead.  When Lady Halstead decides to put her affairs in order before her eventual death, she has no idea what mayhem she will create.  As Violet and Lady Halstead, along with her man of business, discover a possible error in her finances, they hire Montague to help get to the bottom of it.  When Lady Halstead is discovered dead, it becomes apparent that” error” and the investigation into it has led to her murder!  As Montague, Barnaby Adair, Inspector Stokes try to unravel the link between the two, more murders occur and it appears that Violet’s life may be in danger.  As Montague and Violet work together to solve the mystery, they also discover what they have been missing in their lives all along, each other.

If you’re looking for a historical murder mystery with a hint of romance, then this is the book for you.  While there is a significant amount of plot twists and mystery, it is a bit lacking on the romance side.  I also found this book to be rather slowly paced and had a bit too many details.  I was looking for a book with more romance and less mystery and detective work, so I was rather surprised by the lack of romantic development between Violet and Montague.  As there was quite a few scenes that focused on the romantic relationships of the other characters, I think that perhaps there was too much focus on them and not enough on the budding relationship between Violet and Montague.   The book was well written and thoroughly planned out with an intricate plot and story line.  The characters are also well detailed with in-depth backgrounds and great interaction.  The dialogue is witty and fun and fairly easy to follow.  Another complex mystery for the “Casebook of Barnaby Adair Novel” Series by Stephanie Laurens.

Rating: 3

Heat Rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilP

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