In this second installment of Cheryl Bolen’s Regent Mysteries, Captain Jack Dryden receives another urgent summons to come to the aid of the Prince Regent–on Jack’s wedding day. The call comes after the ceremony, but Jack and Lady Daphne find their wedding night postponed as he reports for duty.
With Jack caught up in the search for a missing list of British traitors, Daphne agrees to help her sister Cornelia, the Duchess of Lankersham, retrieve the passionate letters she unwisely wrote to a now-dead officer, which have fallen into the hands of a blackmailer.
As circumstances conspire to delay that longed-for wedding night, Daphne and Jack discover that their investigations are connected, and that their arch-enemy, the French spy d’Arblier, is involved.
Jack and Daphne’s discreet inquiries are hampered by family misunderstandings, French spies who would prefer to see them both dead, and an eager but incompetent cook.
Will Jack find the missing papers before d’Arblier finds him? Will Daphne find a competent housekeeper before they starve? And will Daphne and Jack ever have their wedding night?
Turn on your Kindle, Nook or tablet to read A Most Discreet Inquiry for the answers, and enjoy another adventure with the most charming of Regency detectives.
I once spent a summer in a hammock in New Orleans reading Agatha Christie novels, and I’ve probably read every novel Christie wrote. Jack and Daphne remind me of Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, transplanted backward a century or so to the Regency period. Christie wrote five novels about the Beresfords; I hope we’ll see more of the Drydens, too.