Deadly Peril: A Georgian Historical Mystery (Alec Halsey Mystery, #3)


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Deadly Peril: A Georgian Historical Mystery by Lucinda Brant

Genre: Historical Romance (Georgian)

Series: Alex Halsey Mystery #3

Source: Received for an honest review from the author


  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sprigleaf; 1 edition (November 6, 2015)
  • Publication Date: November 6, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015A5TLV8

(From Amazon)

Winter 1763. Alec, Lord Halsey is sent on a diplomatic mission to Midanich, imperial outpost of the Holy Roman Empire, to bargain for the freedom of imprisoned friends. Midanich is a place of great danger and dark secrets; a country at civil war; ruled by a family with madness in its veins. For Alec it is a place of unspeakable memories from which he barely escaped and vowed never to return. But return he must, if he is to save the lives of Emily St. Neots and Sir Cosmo Mahon. In a race against time, Alec and the English delegation journey across the icy wasteland for the castle fortress where Emily and Cosmo are imprisoned. The severe winter weather is as much an enemy as the soldiers of the opposing armies encamped along the way. Awaiting him at his destination is the Margrave and his sister, demanding nothing less than Alec’s head on a pike.

Book Details

Series: Book 3 in the Alec Halsey Mystery series
Classification: Parental Guidance Recommended (mild violence)
Length: Full-length novel (130,000 words, about 520 standard printed pages)
Edition: First edition
Style: Character-driven amateur sleuth

Connecting Books

Many readers enjoy Lucinda Brant’s books as part of a wider series since her characters inhabit the same meticulously-researched 18th Century world with people and events cross-referenced throughout. You can explore the details and delve deeper into the history within each book by visitingLucindaBrantAuthor on Pinterest. Should you wish to read each series in chronological order, here is the sequence:

Alec Halsey Mystery Series
Spring 1763 DEADLY ENGAGEMENT (Country house murder and mayhem)
Autumn 1763 DEADLY AFFAIR (A poisoned vicar and the mysterious Miranda)
Winter 1763 DEADLY PERIL (Bloody intrigue abroad)
Summer 1764 DEADLY KIN (Evil lurks in Edinburgh) In progress

Salt Hendon Series
1763 SALT BRIDE (Magnus and Jane)
1767 SALT REDUX (Antony and Caroline)
1767 A FAIRY CHRISTMAS (Kitty and Tom); a short story in SILVER BELLS COLLECTION, a Timeless Romance anthology
Boxed Set: Salt Hendon—A Georgian Historical Romance Collection (Salt Bride + Salt Redux + Fairy Christmas) In progress

Roxton Family Saga
1740s NOBLE SATYR (Renard and Antonia)
1760s MIDNIGHT MARRIAGE (Julian and Deb)
1770s AUTUMN DUCHESS (Antonia and Jonathon)
1770s DAIR DEVIL (Dair and Rory)
1770s PROUD MARY (Mary and Christopher) In progress
1780s SATYR’S SON (Henri-Antoine and Lisa) In progress
ETERNALLY YOURS: Roxton Letters Volume One (A Companion to the Roxton Family Saga Books 1–3)
FOREVER REMAIN: Roxton Letters Volume Two (A Companion to the Roxton Family Saga Books 4–6) In progress


#3 in the “Alex Halsey Mystery”, while can be read as a stand alone, I would recommend reading in order. See, “Deadly Engagement” and “Deadly Affair”.
*Most of this story happens abroad, with another country’s politics, and Civil War, in play.* Just let me say from the very start… this is a complicated, complex, compelling and powerful tale!!
Fast paced, adventure filled tale, with danger, diplomatic intrigue, dark secrets, family,friendships, intrigue abroad, mystery, suspense with a touch of romance and a chance for second chances. A diplomatic mission with mild violence, a rescue mission and learning some deep dark secrets amongst Royalty, brings “Deadly Peril” to the forefront for any fan of Georgian Historical Romance. Not your run of the mill 18th century Historical Romance! Ms. Brant has written a powerful tale! The mystery and intrigue are intricately entwined with a complicated and absorbing plot. I absolutely loved “Deadly Peril”, I was transfixed and transported to another era, where the characters are engaging, their stories raw,their love of family, friends and country are doubtless and constant at all cost including death, simply Powerful!!
A dark and intriguing tale of secrets, danger, with the added vantage of political intrigue. Not a lot of romance but a few twists and turns are found, I was completely and surprised and in awe of this complex tale. What a great privilege and joy to read. Finally, simply intriguing, with very complex characters, challenges and circumstances!!
Oh, I do hope we see more stories from this tale. I would love to read more on some of these characters. An amazing story!! A must read. A definite keeper!! Highly recommended!

*Received for an honest review from the author*

Rating: 5
Heat rating: Mild to Hot due to mild violence
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More