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A Dangerous Madness

A Dangerous Madness, April 2014
by Michelle Diener

Gallery Books
Featuring: Phoebe Hillier
325 pages
ISBN: 0987417614
EAN: 9780987417619
Kindle: B00KF4BFB4
Trade Size / e-Book
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"Another Wonderful Historical Mystery from Diener"

Fresh Fiction Review

A Dangerous Madness
Michelle Diener

Reviewed by Samantha R
Posted May 31, 2014

Romance Historical

Phoebe Hillier never really wanted to marry her betrothed, but that does't stop her from being mad when he calls off the engagement, claiming he has money troubles and must leave the country. When the prime minister of historical England is assassinated the next day, Phoebe suspects there was more going on that what her ex-finance told her. The Duke of Wittaker, James, is also out to discover what really happened with the prime minister, and when he and Phoebe cross paths, they know they have a better chance of solving the mystery together...that is, if they don't fall in love first.

Michelle Diener does an excellent job writing historical fiction with superb mysteries and witty romances, and A DANGEROUS MADNESS does not disappoint. Though there are some familiar faces from one of her other books, A BANQUET OF LIES, this story focuses on James and Phoebe, two people who are both sick of putting up society's pretenses. I love how they complement each other so well and work together to figure out what really happened in the prime minister's assassination.

Though the mystery and suspense in the novel is page-turning, I do wish there had been more romance between James and Phoebe. As individuals, they are strong characters that are so intelligent, and I love how their brains spark as the clues add up. For mystery lovers, I don't think it will be an issue, but I just love this couple so much that I would have liked to have seen a little more focus on them than the mystery.

Overall, A DANGEROUS MADNESS is a fabulous novel for any historical fiction fans to pick up. Diener has a strong and noticeable voice as an author, and I never get tired of sitting down and reading her works.

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The Duke of Wittaker has been living a lie...

He’s been spying on the dissolute, discontented noblemen of the ton, pretending to share their views. Now he’s ready to step out of the shadows and start living a real life...but when the prime minister of England is assassinated, he's asked to go back to being the rake-hell duke everyone believes he still is to find out more.

Miss Phoebe Hillier has been living a lie, too...

All her life she's played by society's rules, hiding her fierce intelligence and love of life behind a docile and decorous mask. All it's gotten her is jilted by her betrothed, a man she thought a fool, though a harmless one. But when she discovers her former fiancé was involved in the plot against the prime minister, and that he's been murdered, she realizes he wasn't so harmless after all.

And now the killers have set their sights on her...

The only man who can help her is the Duke of Wittaker--a man she knows she shouldn't trust. And she soon realizes he's hiding behind a mask as careful as her own. As the clock ticks down to the assassin's trial, the pair scramble to uncover the real conspiracy behind the prime minister's death. And as the pressure and the danger mounts, Phoebe and Wittaker shed their disguises, layer by layer, to discover something more precious than either imagined–something that could last forever. Unless the conspirators desperate to hide their tracks get to them first.

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