Lady Emily and her husband Colin have decamped to London to escape their neighbors’ unrelenting holiday festivities, do some shopping, and spend some time together. It is there that they meet their new neighbors. The Leightons are a recently wed couple, but rather than a blushing bride, Mrs. Leighton appears anything but emotionally stable. Lady Emily soon learns the cause of the woman’s distress as Emily also witnesses the shabbily dressed woman who stands across the street in the dead of winter without a coat, swinging a gold object on a chain and tormenting Mrs. Leighton. Determined to help the poor woman overcome her frayed nerves, Emily and Colin find themselves at an orphanage to learn more about Mrs. Leighton’s sad childhood and what threat, if any, the strange woman might be to their unbalanced neighbor.
A fast-paced novella, this one will quickly get you into the holiday spirit with Lady Emily’s characteristic wit, charm, and sleuthing. It only wets your appetite for the next Lady Emily installation, which (if you’ve already read “The Adventuress” reviewed here) you have quite a while to wait. So sit by the fire, grab a glass of port, and enjoy this Lady Emily holiday novella.
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