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Autumn 1763. Career diplomat Alec Halsey has been elevated to a marquessate he doesn't want and Polite Society believes he doesn't deserve. And with the suspicion he murdered his brother still lingering in London drawing rooms, returning to London after seven months in seclusion might well be a mistake. So when a nobody vicar drops dead beside him at a party-political dinner, and his rabble-rousing uncle Plantagenet is bashed and left for dead in a laneway, Alec’s foreboding deepens. Uncovering the vicar's true identity, Alec suspects the man was poisoned. But who would want a seemingly harmless man of God murdered, and why?
AWARDS
Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Finalist

DETAILS
Series: Book 2 in the Alec Halsey Mystery series
Classification: Parental Guidance Recommended (mild violence)
Length: Full-length novel (114,000 words, about 450 standard printed pages)
Edition: Revised, re-edited, and re-covered in 2015
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 visiting LucindaBrantAuthor 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) In progress
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

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

REVIEWS
"Descriptions are so vivid I felt as if I were there, experiencing the sights and sounds of Georgian London. Lucinda Brant gets five stars from me, and I can't wait to read the other books in the Alec Halsey series” — Anne Boling, Readers’ Favorite

“Lucinda Brant has a beautiful writing style and a careful grasp on the social mores, political environment and tangled affairs of the aristocracy of Georgian England. Her characterizations are layered and complex. The mystery is intricately woven into an absorbing plot. Lucinda Brant is a gifted writer and Deadly Affair is highly and enthusiastically recommended for lovers of historical mysteries! " — Jill MacKenzie, InD'Tale magazine

Published: Sprigleaf on Jul 6, 2012
ISBN: 9780980801347
List price: $5.99
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Lucinda Brant creates complex and interesting characters to love and hate as the story progresses. Her characters are heroic and flawed and developing, as is the reader's understanding of them, throughout the novel. The reader is thrust into the heart of London gentry in 1763. There is barely time to begin mingling among the guests at a social/political dinner, when one of the guests convulsively dies. From that point on, disasters, revelations, flashbacks, and conflicts gallop to the denouement.Brant weaves an intricate pattern of evil subterfuge. Like a magician's sleight of hand, she keeps the reader focused on the action moving the story forward, while littering the pages with subtle clues about the multiple mysteries that she is unfolding. Brandt's grasp and authentic use of Regency costume, house furnishings, social life, and customs by means of brief tossed off phrases allow the reader to assume a comfortable familiarity with the period. Deadly Affair is everything a reader hopes for in a genre-bending historical/mystery/romance. This is the second novel featuring the heroic Alec Halsey, who is now Marquess of Delvin, and there is a third on the way. I confess I read it twice before submitting the review because I loved the characters and story and because I had missed most of the clues the first time.read more
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I have to tell you I was hooked from the start and barely put it down before I finished it. I loved the twists and turns. Just when I thought I had it figured out Brant through in a new key piece of evidence that made me question my skills of deduction. The ending of course was not even what I expected but fit perfectly with the trail of bread crumbs that Brant leaves the reader. It was one of the most well written mysteries I have read in a long time, and seeing as how this is one of my favorite genres (history AND mystery) that says a lot.Brant also has an amazing knack for making you want brutal and painful deaths for the villains of her tales. I was especially fond of MonBit in the Salt Bride and didn't think there could be a worse villain, but Brant outdid herself with Lady Frances Rutherglen. WOW is all I can say about that woman, she made MonBit almost look saintly!! Her fate at the end is unknown and that I hope, means that whatever punishment she is entitled to in the next book will be drawn out and most painful.I can't rave enough about the amazing works of Lucinda Brant and recommend her to anyone who enjoys a good, excellently written story with characters that you can relate and connect with. She is detailed in her time periods and as this is an era that I have only just begun learning about in school it's just as informative as any lecture I've sat in on. Truly a gifted writer and one everyone should read!read more
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This was my first time reading a Lucinda Brant book and I’m so happy I did!! It is a beautifully written Georgian Historical Mystery. It is the 2nd book in the Alec Hasley mystery series, but I ran across it first. Although I will absolutely be going back and reading the 1st in the series, this book can totally be read as a stand-alone. There’s just enough back-story to help you understand what’s going on, but not so much you get bogged down by it. There are a lot of characters to sort through, each with their own wonderful personality and possible reasons for murder…but don’t worry I won’t give that away! You’ll want to find out for yourself, trust me!Alec is a great character and everything you want in your hero! He is in love with Selina who has just told him they can’t get married but since there has been a murder, his father attacked and a woman hidden away in the country and everyone seems to be involved in one way or another, Alec has no time to find out why she’s changed her mind! His father Plantagenet and their valet Tam are wonderful characters also and I look forward to reading more about them.I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out!!read more
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Lucinda Brant creates complex and interesting characters to love and hate as the story progresses. Her characters are heroic and flawed and developing, as is the reader's understanding of them, throughout the novel. The reader is thrust into the heart of London gentry in 1763. There is barely time to begin mingling among the guests at a social/political dinner, when one of the guests convulsively dies. From that point on, disasters, revelations, flashbacks, and conflicts gallop to the denouement.Brant weaves an intricate pattern of evil subterfuge. Like a magician's sleight of hand, she keeps the reader focused on the action moving the story forward, while littering the pages with subtle clues about the multiple mysteries that she is unfolding. Brandt's grasp and authentic use of Regency costume, house furnishings, social life, and customs by means of brief tossed off phrases allow the reader to assume a comfortable familiarity with the period. Deadly Affair is everything a reader hopes for in a genre-bending historical/mystery/romance. This is the second novel featuring the heroic Alec Halsey, who is now Marquess of Delvin, and there is a third on the way. I confess I read it twice before submitting the review because I loved the characters and story and because I had missed most of the clues the first time.
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I have to tell you I was hooked from the start and barely put it down before I finished it. I loved the twists and turns. Just when I thought I had it figured out Brant through in a new key piece of evidence that made me question my skills of deduction. The ending of course was not even what I expected but fit perfectly with the trail of bread crumbs that Brant leaves the reader. It was one of the most well written mysteries I have read in a long time, and seeing as how this is one of my favorite genres (history AND mystery) that says a lot.Brant also has an amazing knack for making you want brutal and painful deaths for the villains of her tales. I was especially fond of MonBit in the Salt Bride and didn't think there could be a worse villain, but Brant outdid herself with Lady Frances Rutherglen. WOW is all I can say about that woman, she made MonBit almost look saintly!! Her fate at the end is unknown and that I hope, means that whatever punishment she is entitled to in the next book will be drawn out and most painful.I can't rave enough about the amazing works of Lucinda Brant and recommend her to anyone who enjoys a good, excellently written story with characters that you can relate and connect with. She is detailed in her time periods and as this is an era that I have only just begun learning about in school it's just as informative as any lecture I've sat in on. Truly a gifted writer and one everyone should read!
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This was my first time reading a Lucinda Brant book and I’m so happy I did!! It is a beautifully written Georgian Historical Mystery. It is the 2nd book in the Alec Hasley mystery series, but I ran across it first. Although I will absolutely be going back and reading the 1st in the series, this book can totally be read as a stand-alone. There’s just enough back-story to help you understand what’s going on, but not so much you get bogged down by it. There are a lot of characters to sort through, each with their own wonderful personality and possible reasons for murder…but don’t worry I won’t give that away! You’ll want to find out for yourself, trust me!Alec is a great character and everything you want in your hero! He is in love with Selina who has just told him they can’t get married but since there has been a murder, his father attacked and a woman hidden away in the country and everyone seems to be involved in one way or another, Alec has no time to find out why she’s changed her mind! His father Plantagenet and their valet Tam are wonderful characters also and I look forward to reading more about them.I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out!!
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