Digging Up Trouble
by Jo Ann Ferguson
Digging Up Trouble blends intrigue and romance into one excitingly sensual story. Priscilla and her family have made their uncomfortable way to Sir Neville's estate only to find it, haunted, dirty, littered with dead bodies, and falling down! Let's just say this isn't what Priscilla expected when she agreed to hold her wedding there. What is worse is that although Priscilla is not one to believe in ghosts, there seems to be a pretty real one lurking in her bedroom! Add to that her belief that someone is trying to kill her beloved Neville, and a whole lot of sexual frustration and you have one intriguing tale.
I am not a fan of mixing my Regency romance with mystery, but I must say that I have become entranced with the Hathaway and Flanders family. It gets a bit frustrating when their is no happily-ever-after at the end of the books, but the slow growing relationship between the characters has been a fun ride. I really thought this was going to be the book where they tied the knot, but alas it wasn't. The next book seems to have promise for this though…
The sexual tension between Neville and Priscilla has reached scalding temperatures. At times I expected one of them to just give in and say "The hell with propriety!" and jump the other one, but at the same time it suits me to wait. I know that when they finally get together it's gunna be good…well as good as it can be in a trad. :)
The plot in Digging Up Trouble is a wonderful foil for what makes this book so much fun, and that's the snappy dialogue. Crumbling towers, dead bodies, a Roman excavation, smugglers, and wreakers all lead to fast paced and quick thinking talk. I love these quick exchanges between all the characters. I also enjoy how respectful the characters are to one another during them.
Bottom Line: Even if you don't like a lot of intrigue mixed with your romance, or if you haven't really liked the other Priscilla/Neville mysteries be sure to pick this one up.
“Another chapter in the Ferguson's Regency intrigue…”
March 2004, 256 pages
Beneath the fields of Sir Neville's estate lie the bones of ancient Roman soldiers…and much more recent remains that are a mystery to the scholars who dig and delve upon his lands. The unpleasant discovery leads Neville and Priscilla to think twice about their plan to celebrate the happiest day of their lives with their families dearest friends in such a lonely place. Can the talk of a centuries-old curse upon the Hathaways possibly be true?
An unquiet spirit stirring up all kinds of trouble, and timid Aunt Cordelia begs Priscilla to leave with the children and never return. But Priscilla vows to remain by Neville's side, come what may. No mere ghost could be stronger than their love…though this one is beginning to sound all too real…