THE DUKE'S INDISCRETION
Ashworth charms us with a slightly
different view of the Victorian era and a group of likable characters. Though
not complex or filled with a heated conflict, Ashworth's latest is a fun
peek at the opera and theater worlds, spiced with a bit of suspense and
plenty of passion.
That's where Colin enters into her plan. He already fancies himself in love with Lottie; if she can convince him to marry Charlotte, he can have what he wants and she will have her grand tour.
Colin agrees, but with stipulations: This will be a true marriage, and if all goes well, then and only then, will Colin provide Lottie with her tour. The smoldering passion between them grows to a crescendoing fire and places them in danger as Colin ferrets out a killer who has made Charlotte, and a priceless piece of music, his target. (Avon, May, 384 pp., $6.99)