Title: A Lady in Disguise
Author: Sandra Byrd
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Cover Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
No surprise here, a perfect rating for Byrd’s newest release! A Lady in Disguise is the third book in the Daughters of Hampshire series (though each works as a stand-alone), and my favorite in the series.
I love suspense and mystery in a historical setting, and A Lady in Disguise totally wins for best mystery in this series for me.
There were just so many things to love!
A woman involved in ministry, a mystery, a plot centered around the theatre, and all in the Victorian era!
It was delightful getting to read about the theatre in some of its glory days, and once again Byrd brought to my attention an area of history I knew little about: the pantomimes (basically children in theatre) and their need for gainful employment after performing in the theatre, since being an actor or actress at that time was considered a disreputable job. How terrible to realize these children were cast for roles, then cast aside!
I love that Byrd showcased this time in history with a strong female lead who wants to do something about it, all while keeping it an entertaining read.
Add to that her mastery for subtlety in dialogue, and it made for one of my favorite romance scenes in the series! I’d love to go into detail and tell you why I love it, but you’ll just have to read it for yourself to find out! (It has to do with Gillian and Thomas at the theatre, quoting Shakespeare. Let me know if you read it so that we can talk about how great it is together!)
Truly, a lovely way to spend a rainy afternoon.
Now to be patient until her next release!
About the book:
After her father’s mysterious death, Miss Gillian Young takes a job as the new principal costume designer at the renowned Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Gillian remembers her father as a well-respected officer of the Metropolitan Police, but she uncovers clues that suggest he led a double life.
Then Gillian meets the dashing Viscount Thomas Lockwood. Although the attraction between them is instant, a friend suggests that he was involved in her father’s murder. Is Lockwood’s interest in Gillian just a front for his pursuit of her newly inherited property?
Gillian is convinced her father has left behind evidence that will prove his innocence. But as her opposition becomes increasingly dangerous, it is obvious that someone wants to stop her from discovering it. With her life on the line, Gillian takes on an ingenious disguise in the role of a lifetime to reveal her father’s true killer.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.