Thursday, December 21, 2023

THE JULIET CODE by Pepper Basham, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"It's incredibly dashing when you speak in sleuth."

Having their honeymoon interrupted for a second time might frustrate most couples, but Frederick and Grace Percy, commonly known as Lord and Lady Astley among their peers, are not "most couples" by any wild stretch of the imagination. Grace is always up for an adventure and her new husband is realizing that having a beautiful beloved by his side who knows how to swing from ropes, pick locks, fight with a parasol (Grace's version of cane fighting . . . surprisingly effective), and "boo" ghosts away is a fortunate man indeed.

How could they have predicted that their friend, Detective Jack Miracle would show up (Grace has been reading his "how to" book!!!), and cordially invite them to assist him in a case involving a series of art thefts, introducing Frederick and Grace to an outlandish millionaire with a Venice villa full of people pretending to be someone they are not.

"Sitting at the table, she (Grace) took out her notepad and pen. What do we know? 1.____ ______ is not ___ _______. 2. ___ ______ is likely not_______. 3. Almost all _____________4. Who had _______________?"

Who knew that playing a literary version of CLUE with two hopelessly romantic aristocrats could be so much fun (and dangerous!)? Let the game begin!

"All the days ordained for you were written in His book before one came to be." Would that we would all take comfort in that fact.
*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
Newlyweds Lord and Lady Astley Finally Reach Their Honeymoon Destination Only to Encounter a New Mystery in Need of Solving

Frederick and Grace Percy finally make it to Italy to enjoy a delayed honeymoon and explore the beauties of the historic city of Venice. To their surprise, their friend, Detective Jack Miracle, is also in the city, investigating a series of art heists starting at the house of eccentric millionaire, Laraby Covington. Drawn into a world of boat races, mysterious houses, and parties of the rich and unusual in Venice, Frederick and Grace learn of the existence of the Juliet paintings, (Renaissance paintings feature Shakespeare’s tragic heroine) rumored to hold a secret code to an underground vault of similarly treasured artwork assumed lost over the centuries. As Freddie and Grace are pulled deeper into the mystery and their beloved Detective Jack disappears, can they use their wits and work as a team to find the thieves and Jack before it’s too late?

The Juliet Code is a Freddie and Grace Mystery, sequel to The Mistletoe Countess and The Cairo Curse.

Barbour Publishing, November, 2023
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1 comment:

  1. Great review, I am looking forward to reading this one!


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