Rafe Danvers has made life as difficult for himself as possible. He deserted from the army in Spain to join the guerrillas and his relationship with his half-brothers is rocky. Instead of living on his brothers' coattails, he has set himself to solving puzzles. It may be some trouble someone is having or it may be murder. Rafe will do anything he can to earn a living. Especially since he's been saddled with his predecessor's protégé. Cochrane is a bottomless pit and it takes all of Rafe's earnings to feed him. Rafe isn't pleased to be pulled away from a murder investigation to track down the author of a series of novels. He isn't at all concerned that all the debutantes of the season are refusing to marry. He needs to earn a living. But, Lady Tottley, has found the right price: in exchange for his persuading the author of the Miss Darby novels to stop publishing them, he will receive the title to a property that Lady Tottley has received.
On his arrival in Bramley Hollow, he runs into Rebecca Tate, who dares to match wits with him. Rafe finds himself drawn to Rebecca even though he can't afford to get involved. When he finds himself drawn into the investigation of a second murder and learns that they are all tied to an event in Rebecca's past, Rafe has to depend not only on himself; but on Rebecca and his brother for help in solving the puzzle of who is trying to kill everyone who was tied to an event that happened thousands of miles away from England.
Oh, no, another series that I've started near the end. Even though I came in near the end of the series, it doesn't matter. This is a wonderfully entertaining story filled with amusing and eccentric characters. The story stands alone extremely well. While I felt that some of the plot points were a little weak, the characters carried me over them easily. It's great fun to watch Rafe try to keep up with the devious mind of Rebecca. And her uncle is a joy to observe as he tries to confuse his enemies by pretending to be mad. Don't miss this one!!