Die I Will Not: A Regency Mystery
Poisoned Pen, Nov 4 2014, $24.95
In 1813, Penelope Wolfe visits London Daily Intelligencer journalist Dryden Leach to get him to reveal, if he knows who, the identity of pseudonym Collatinus whose letters attack the wastrel Prince and threaten to reveal who was involved in the N.D. murder twenty years ago. Two decades ago, Penelope’s father Eustace Sandford wrote treasonous papers using the name Collatinus; when someone murdered his lover Nell Durant, he fled England to avoid arrest for treason and homicide. She knows her dad is not the current author.
Moments before she can plead her case with the reporter, a woman stabs Leach to death. Knowing her husband Jeremy would ridicule her, a desperate Penelope asks barrister Edward Buckler, whom she met when she was Lady Ashe’s companion, and Bow Street Runner John Chase to prove her innocence in the present day murder and restore her family’s tarnished reputation.
The third Regency mystery (see Rose In The Wheel and Blood for Blood) is a terrific complicated whodunit in which clues to the recent Leach and cold case Durant homicides seemingly lead to political untouchables. The investigation is fun to follow, but it is the tour(s) of Regency London by the diverse amiable lead trio that armchair readers will want to join.