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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Set in the glitzy atmosphere of eighteenth century England, Deadly Peril: A Georgian Historical Mystery by Lucinda Brant is book 3 in the Alec Halsey mysteries. When Alec Halsey escaped from Midanich for the first time, he vowed never to return there again. But now, Emily St. Neots and Sir Cosmo Mahon are imprisoned in this place that holds many dark secrets and their lives are in grave danger. This time, Alec has no choice but to go back to the place where the Margrave and his sister await him, not as an old friend, but with deadly intent. What was it he did to draw the anger of the Margrave and can Alec, with the English delegation, outwit the enemy and save their friends?
Lucinda Brant is a gifted storyteller and she has the gift of recreating history, making readers relive a historical era with vividness. This is a book with well-explored themes, like love and romance, kidnapping, war, and much more. The author lets these themes come across beautifully through the narrative. The book is laced with action and I enjoyed the fact that Alec and his companions have to brave many odds, including the inclement weather and a solid army as they journey to the rescue of their friends. The romance featuring Alec and Selina that is introduced in the story beefs up the plot and helps in adding to the powerful suspense. The setting is nothing short of glorious, with the rough landscapes, the people in a culture of war, and fascinating landscapes captured in elegant prose. From plot to character, Deadly Peril: A Georgian Historical Mystery is an intriguing, beguiling, and utterly entertaining story.