Review: Cheryl Bolen’s A Most Discreet Inquiry

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.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cheryl Bolen
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 14:19:34

    Thanks, Kay. I’m blessed to have you for a PAL. As soon as I finish the Christmas novella I’m working on, I’ll try to come up with a proposal for another Jack and Daphne adventure. (And I happen to adore Tommy & Tuppence. Named my antiques business after them. He refers to her as “Old Thing” so my antiques business is called Tuppence & Other Old Things.)

    BTW, absolutely love your new art banner on your site.

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  2. Kay Hudson
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 16:13:07

    Did you know there are two DVD sets of the series the BBC made of Tommy & Tuppence stories? Partners in Crime #1 and #2–Amazon has them, buried toward the bottom of the Agatha Christie DVDs

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  3. Cheryl Bolen
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 15:17:31

    I think we have them. Production quality is not that great, but they’re still fun. I do love Francesca Annis.

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