"A mathematical genius and an intrigued Duke will seek a treasure and to solve a murder."
Reviewed by Leanne Davis
Posted November 8, 2017
In the second book of Studies in
Scandal, Ms. Collins has introduced a hero whose
mathematical skills put her far above the norm. As one of
the heiresses who has inherited Beauchamp House, Lady Daphne
Forsythe has been able to escape an intolerable family
situation. Lady Daphne's genius in mathematics doesn't
extend to her social skills. She doesn't understand why
people are offended by her comments. She shares the house
with four other women, three of whom have their own skills
that set them apart. When Lady Celeste left them the house,
none of them knew what they would face. Lady Celeste left
clues for Lady Daphne leading to a Jacobin treasure. Only
with someone with her skills, will be able to interpret the
clues left behind. She is determined to find the treasure.
The Duke of Maitland was a nephew of Lady Celeste. He stays
at Beauchamp House to protect the ladies after his cousin's
bride was shot. He is also drawn to Lady Daphne. He seeks to
ease her way as she solves the clues and to protect her when
someone from her past is discovered dead in a hidden room in
Ms. Collins' series is a delight to read. Each of the women
is so different and keep the reader guessing what will
happen next. Watching Lady Daphne's attempts at getting the
Duke into her bed is an amusing past time as well as
watching her mind work. There is a great camaraderie between
the four women and the men who love them.
A hidden cipher leads to great riches—and unexpected
romance—in the second book of Manda Collins' new Studies in
Duke with Benefits continues the Studies in Scandal series
where four women are left with a mysterious inheritance.
This time a hidden cipher, a lost treasure, and an
unexpected love take residence in Beauchamp House.
All Lady Daphne Forsythe wants to do is search the library
for clues to the Jacobite Cipher: a mathematical problem
that holds the secret to great riches. Unfortunately, her
plans to search alone are continually thwarted by the
handsome Mr. Dalton Beauchamp, nephew to her benefactress
and a distraction she hadn't counted on.
Despite Daphne’s vows to keep Dalton at arm’s length, his
knowledge of numbers has Daphne doing something she never
calculated: falling in love. But Daphne and Dalton learn
that there’s more to the puzzle than meets the eye… and
someone is willing to kill to keep that secret hidden forever.
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