When not bumping about Georgian London in her sedan chair or exchanging gossip with perfumed and patched courtiers in the gilded drawing rooms of Versailles, Lucinda writes bestselling Georgian Historical Romance and Crimance (crime with lashings of romance). All her books are set in the 18th Century, spanning 1740 to early 1780s England, with occasional crossings to the France of Louis XV. She pulls up the reins at the French Revolution where she lost a previous life at the guillotine for an unpardonably hedonistic lifestyle as a layabout aristo!
Career diplomat Alec Halsey has been elevated to a marquessate he doesn't want and Polite Society believes he doesn't deserve; his lover has decided she won't marry him after all and the suspicion he murdered his brother still lingers in London drawing rooms. So returning to London after seven months' seclusion may have been a mistake.
Alec's foreboding deepens when a nobody vicar drops dead at a party-political dinner; he witnesses the very public humiliation of an up and coming portrait painter, and his rabble-rousing uncle Plantagenet is bashed and left for dead in a laneway. When the vicar's true identity is revealed, Alec suspects the man was poisoned. But who would want a seemingly harmless man of God murdered, and why?