Review of Don't Cross The Countess by Lindsay Downs

Don't Cross The Countess

The Countess of Modbury is sure that her huband was murdered and it was not an accident as portrayed. She suspects it has something to do with The Battle of Waterloo and what he may have uncovered about it. With the assistance of a man admired by her late husband, and one of his  trusted employees, Keith,  she starts to unravel the long kept secret to the traitors of the Crown. The Countess travels to London and must diguise herself as someone has made several attempts on her life. She makes a startling discovery about the man who is helping her and is torn whether to trust him further. During the investigation she must keep a low profile until she can prove her case but she unflinchingly moves forward with her investigation ignoring the warnings of her family and friends. Unexpectedly, The Countess finds herself caught up in a sensuous love affair which also endangers the life of the man she is attracted to.

The story was well written and kept the reader's attention but was a little predictable, making it easy to guess the outcome. I thought the conversation, descriptions of clothing and living conditions brought you into the time period intended which is something I enjoy. There were intimate moments between the couple but I felt the overall conversation between them seemed less than familiar. The story had a good plot with lots of twists and turns. I would give it 3 stars.

Jean Buelow

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