I think this is my favorite of this whole series including The Cynsters. Mr. Montague has been a co-star for so many stories. I have been wanting to hear his story forever. Then, I was surprised that I also got a better look at the Barnaby and Stokes families. What a bonus...three in one! I liked all of the characters as a team and individually. Recommend!
Stephanie Laurens is a great story teller, however, I would rate this more of a mystery than a romance. The cast of suspects in the death of an old lady are her children and grandchildren and after 3 murders and an attempted murder, the investigators are still baffled even after calling their wives in to help gather information on the suspected family. I enjoyed it but it wasn't the Laurens I expected.
I adore this author; I have read each and every book she has written. But this one left me so blah, I found myself speed-reading through it. The hero & heroine don't hook up until the very end of the book; more time was spent on Barnaby Adair & Inspector Stokes & their wives than the h/h. And Ms. Laurens has gone on a tangent, almost sermonizing about 'finding a balance' in your life, & how children need both parents. It felt really awkward within this story. The whole book felt disjointed; I was disappointed in this one.