Saturday, December 12, 2020

"A Lady Compromised"

Darcie Wilde is the award-winning author of the Rosalind Thorne Mysteries, a Regency-set historical mystery series inspired by the novels of Jane Austen.

Wilde applied the Page 69 Test to the new book in the series, A Lady Compromised, and reported the following:
This page is an interesting one for the book, and the series. It starts a new chapter, so the the casual browser is tossed right into a fresh section, and while it doesn’t necessarily illuminate the plot, it does give a solid insight as to the moral views of the main character.

My main character, Rosalind Thorne, is a problem solver and “detective” in Regency England. I use the quotes because our modern concept of the professional (or amateur) detective hadn’t really evolved yet in 1819, which is when the story’s set. But Rosalind has been asked to find out if a friend’s fiancĂ© committed a murder. This is the first time in four books we are seeing her turn down such a request down.

Her reason is explicit and personal. Rosalind grew up in a household filled with secrets, and in her career as what might be considered a fixer for high society, she has seen the damage that they do. She will not help create more secrets between two people, especially two people planning on getting married. Even if the fiancĂ© is innocent, the fact that the friend not only suspected him, but went behind his back to find answers is a secret will not be going away and might poison the whole relationship. Her friend is not ready to understand that, but Rosalind knows it all too well.
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The Page 69 Test: And Dangerous to Know.

--Marshal Zeringue