Review of LATE FOR THE WEDDING by Amanda Quick (see her website)
Bantam Books, May 2003
They may have attended the country party seeking the opportunity for a little lovemaking, but when an aging Lord falls to his death, Lavinia Lake and Tobias March believe they have a murder on their hands. Unfortunately, they are the only ones who believe this and are promptly sent back to London. But the clues point to an old link in Tobias's life--a friend had once become a professional assassin. While the friend is dead, someone seems to have followed in his footsteps. With the friend's ex-fiancee as client, Tobias and Lavinia use their investigative talents to search for a killer who leaves behind a ring with a death-head mask.
Set in regency England, LATE FOR THE WEDDING details the social structure of the day, an emerging tendency toward prudery in the younger generation (leading to the Victorian era?), and the difficulties and risks facing a woman who is contracted to the wrong marriage. Because marriage is firmly in the mind of Tobias, Lavinia, Ermeline and Anthony (Lavinia having abandoned the idea of a 'suitable' marriage for her niece). The mystery is well done, with dangerous moments and heroic rescues.
LATE FOR THE WEDDING is the third in a series of novels about Tobias and Lavinia. Talented author Amanda Quick (see more BooksForABuck.com reviews of novels by Amanda Quick) makes the stories interesting, but the banter between Tobias and Lavinia is starting to run a little thin--perhaps in creating the title, Quick realized that this should be the end of a fine series and that she might even have been a little late resolving the romantic issues. But then again, perhaps we will see this couple again.
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