"The Debutante's Code" by Erica Vetsch -- Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway
About the Book
Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes in this new Regency mystery series
Newly returned from finishing school, Lady Juliette Thorndike is ready to debut in London society. Due to her years away, she hasn't spent much time with her parents, and sees them only as the flighty, dilettante couple the other nobles love.But when they disappear, she discovers she never really knew them at all. They've been living double lives as government spies--and they're only the latest in a long history of espionage that is the family's legacy.
Now Lady Juliette is determined to continue their work. Mentored by her uncle, she plunges into the dangerous world of spies. From the glittering ballrooms of London to the fox hunts, regattas, and soirees of country high society, she must chase down hidden clues, solve the mysterious code her parents left behind, and stay out of danger. All the while, she has to keep her endeavors a secret from her best friend and her suitors--not to mention the nosy, irritatingly handsome Bow Street runner, who suspects her of a daring theft.
Can Lady Juliette outwit her enemies and complete her parents' last mission?
Best-selling author Erica Vetsch is back with a rollicking, exciting new series destined to be a hit with Regency readers who enjoy a touch of mystery in their love stories. Fans of Julie Klassen, Sarah Ladd, and Anne Perry will love the wit, action, and romance.
Spycraft in the Regency period intrigues me and having read Erica Vetsch's Serendipity & Secrets series, I was eager to read this new series of hers. I was excited when I discovered that there is carryover of characters between the two serieses. I found the book to be well written and I wanted to just read it in one sitting. I enjoyed the twists and turns to the story and trying to decode who was behind everything. I had some different theories, but mostly they turned out to be wrong. I did find the fact that it was pointed out three times that the truncheon was the badge of a Bow Street officer a little redundant. Once would have been enough. There was a biblical faith thread in the story which I liked. I was a little disappointed that the romance didn't find a complete ending. I am assuming that it will continue on throughout the rest of the series. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series and other books by Erica Vetsch.
About the Author
Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling author and ACFW Carol Award winner, and has been a Romantic Times top pick for her previous books. She loves Jesus, history, romance, and watching sports. This transplanted Kansan now makes her home in Rochester, Minnesota.
The Serendipity & Secrets trilogy, her first Regency series, launched in 2020 to rave reader reviews. Her latest release, The Debutante's Code is the first of the Thorndike & Swann Regency Mysteries.