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Deliciously Wicked

Deliciously Wicked, October 2006
Ladies' Amateur Sleuth Society
by Robyn DeHart

Featuring: Gareth Mandeville; Meg Piddington
304 pages
ISBN: 0061127523
EAN: 9780061127526
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"Deliciously Wicked is deliciously sinful and lots of fun!"

Fresh Fiction Review

Deliciously Wicked
Robyn DeHart

Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted October 13, 2006

Romance Historical

Grab a cup of coffee or tea, whichever is to your liking, and curl up with this book that is just plain fun to read. Meg Piddington is delightful as the daughter of the chocolate company magnate of Piddington Confectionary. Her cohorts in sleuthing, members of the Ladies Amateur Sleuth Society, Willow, Charlotte and Amelia, are equally engaging and quirky. Their ongoing investigation is to try to find out who the Jack of Hearts is -- the daring robber of jewels. But this investigation will have to take a back seat to a more pressing matter. Someone locked Meg and Gareth Mandeville, a factory worker, in a storeroom which has led to a series of problems. First is the question of Meg's virtue which will certainly leave her ruined in society if anyone finds out she was alone with a man. Second is who stole the specially created treasure boxes designed to boost the sales of the chocolates. The third but definitely not the last of the problems is why is someone out to pin the blame of the missing boxes on Gareth.

Meg fully immerses herself into the investigation of these crimes in order to help prove to her father that even a female heir should be considered as next in line to manage the confectionary. But in order to do that she needs the assistance of none other then the accused, Gareth Mandeville. Being thrown together with Gareth leaves Meg feeling many things not the least of which is sinfully attracted. He just can't seem to keep his hands off her and even though as a lady she is rue to admit she finds she would like even more then he is offering. Gareth and Meg team up for some deliciously sinful moments.

In DELICIOUSLY WICKED, Robyn DeHart introduced us to some very lovely characters and wove a surprisingly intriguing little mystery to boot. In keeping with the historical romance genre the social strata and expectations were par for the course but she allowed the lady amateur sleuths to strut their stuff. Can't help wondering, and hoping, if we will be treated to a next installment starring Charlotte and the Jack of Hearts.

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When wildly independent Meg Piddington finds herself locked in her father's chocolate factory after hours with a most disarmingly attractive gentleman, she doesn’t realize that she is his alibi-proof that Gareth Mandeville did not commit a dastardly crime. But admitting as much would destroy her reputation, which gallant Gareth refuses to do. Besides, he believes even prison would be preferable to marriage, which is what their revelation would certainly demand!

At last, here's the perfect opportunity for Meg to doff her sleuthing hat to get to the root of the secretive stranger's troubles! Besides, the man sends oh-so-pleasant shivers coursing through her body. And though heaven may well await in Gareth's embrace, danger may dwell there also…if the determined lady embarks on a grand mission to win his love.

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