Review: Dangerous Charade by Elizabeth Means

Dangerous Charade by Elizabeth Means
Release Date: September 23, 2011
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Pages: 290
Source: ebook provided by the publisher

To escape an arranged marriage Gabrielle Broussard flees her home and becomes an undercover investigator with an elite, all-female investigative agency. Her first assignment, as governess at Westford castle to investigate the suspicious death of the Countess of Westford, quickly becomes complicated when she finds herself attracted to her number one suspect.

Lord Julian Blackwell is a survivor. After his father’s bankruptcy, he becomes a self-made man in Victorian England’s booming industrial era. Trapped into a loveless marriage, he has survived the shock of his wife’s sudden death. But now he must survive rumors and outright accusations. Hiring a private agency to investigate and prove his innocence seems like a good idea…until desire threatens to compromise both the case and the life of the investigator.


Review: Dangerous Charade is a thoroughly enjoyable historical romance with an element of mystery expertly woven in the page-turning plot.

The characters of Dangerous Charade are written to be both likable and potential suspects of the crime that Gabrielle is investigating. This makes the characters extremely intriguing to read about, as this constantly leaves readers with the impression that seemingly nice characters could actually have much more sinister motives for their actions while still making readers become fond of these almost suspicious characters. It is because of this balance in portraying both main and secondary characters that Dangerous Charade is such a compelling read.

The best component of Dangerous Charade would doubtlessly be the budding romance between the resourceful Gabrielle and occasionally bad tempered Julian, who Gabrielle is covertly investigating for any involvement in his wife’s death. The chemistry between these two characters is simply outstanding and only makes Dangerous Charade even more addictive.

The novel’s plot could only be described as being original and well thought-out. The interesting plot line of Gabrielle being an investigator working for the Turnball Agency felt like a fresh and original addition to a time period that has been thoroughly explored in numerous historical romances.

Dangerous Charade should be one of the first choices of any historical mystery romance fans, as it is an almost flawless read with fascinating characters, excellent chemistry and an original plot.


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