A Nefarious Engagement (Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries #4) by Lynn Messina

A Nefarious Engagement (Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries #4)

Having long abandoned any hope of making a match, twenty-six-year-old Beatrice Hyde-Clare finds herself a little overwhelmed by her engagement to the Duke of Kesgrave. Cloying society matrons clamor for her attention while her aunt reels off an endless list of servants she will have to oversee. Even the most intrepid female would quake at the prospect of managing eight footmen! Fortunately, Bea knows the perfect distraction—an intriguing myste...


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TitleA Nefarious Engagement (Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries #4)
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Release DateApr 9th, 2019
PublisherPotatoworks Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Regency, Cozy Mystery
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Reviews A Nefarious Engagement (Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries #4)

  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    Take note authors who write alpha-male romance heroes. Those guys suck. Make them like the Duke of Kesgrave. He is all things #goals. Unfortunately, that cannot be said for the rest of this book. Some moments were hilarious. But this story is designed to be more personal, more emotional, and as a result it becomes more angsty. Bea is researching the possible murder of her parents and she isn't going to let logic interrupt her emotions. It is exha...
  • Rebekah Giese Witherspoon
    1970-01-01
    “No, my love, if we miss our opportunity to break into [his] residence tonight, the consequences will be grave, for I’m convinced you would never let me forget it was my fault. Then you won’t invite me to help the next time you break into a gentleman’s apartments and I will be forced to sneak up on you whilst you are hiding in a dark corner, and your shout of alarm will alert the butler, which will cause a great ruckus involving Runners a...
  • TrixieB
    1970-01-01
    Those who say this final book is a disappointment because there isn't enough Duke, have misunderstood a few things.1: He is not the star of this book. It's okay for men to not be the centre of everything.2: Much as I love him, the Duke is only one part of Bea's journey. This book gives us other parts. Important parts.3: The Duke models what non-toxic masculinity looks like. That's a good thing.This final installment is a gem. We luckily get more ...
  • Katie
    1970-01-01
    Duration: 7 hrs 56 mins.A Nefarious Engagement: A Regency Cozy, Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries, Book 4 by Lynn Messina is the fourth book in a charming series which follows a determined bluestocking and her fastidious Duke as they find their way out of whatever tangle Bea has managed to get herself into. This time Beatrice's mysteries are far closer to home than any she has been forced to confront before.Audible summary: Having long abandoned any ...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    To those who are a bit impatient like me to have the heroine of this series finally stop being so insecure, it takes a while in this book, but it does finally happen. I adored the duke in this one. The mystery was obvious to me, but the solving of it wasn't too ridiculous. I can overlook the (view spoiler)[cross dressing, sneaking out of the house (hide spoiler)] and other mild silliness. However, I'm glad that the heroine is finally moving away ...
  • Joan Ahmed
    1970-01-01
    An unlikely slueth in Recency EnglandThis is a charming quirky series that I hope continues for a long, long time. A repressed spinster who lives on the charity of her parsimonious relatives comes out of her shell and reveals that though she may seem boring she is anything but. She is actually brilliant and feisty and talented at rooting out murders. She also wins the heart of a handsome duke. The series is very funny!
  • QNPoohBear
    1970-01-01
    3.5-3.75 stars? 3 stars for the plot and a whole star for the Duke!Picking up right where the previous book left off, Beatrice Hyde-Clare is pleased to have finally won the acceptance of her proposal to the Duke of Kesgrave. However, her aunt and uncle are less than pleased. Now they must invite the Dowager Duchess to tea! How can Aunt Vera invite a Duchess to tea without refurbishing the dining room and what about their wardrobe? They'll all nee...
  • Jessica
    1970-01-01
    Meh. The momentum that started at the end of book 3 just fizzled here. What should be the most interesting mystery (What happened to her parents?) I found boring. I ended up reading the ending after about two chapters because all of Bea's sturm und drang got annoying quite fast. (I went back and read the whole book in order.) Without Kesgrave as the emotion and intellectual foil for almost all of the novel, Bea's constant "Am I becoming a dormous...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    Despite everyone's expectations to the contrary, 'plain' spinster Beatrice Hyde-Clare has secured herself an engagement with the hadsome and illustrious Duke of Kesgrave, Damien Matlock. Daunted by the changes this will bring to her life in regards to her status and responsibilities, she is more than welcomes a destraction.Her distraction comes in the form of a shocking revelation. Not all is as she once understood it when it comes to the tragic ...
  • Lari
    1970-01-01
    I don't know if this series has been deserving my consistent ratings, but I am really enjoying watching both the Duke and Beatrice grow as people. The last book ended with their engagement and as I said, it felt abrupt to me, like they hadn't fully considered the consequences of that decision. There's a lot more of the societal impact in this one, but we also see the next step in their relationship, how it strengthened beyond the whole ideals of ...
  • Koalathebear Koalathebear
    1970-01-01
    I tried to slow myself down but I devoured this book as soon as Amazon sent it through. It was like Christmas in April and I was not disappointed.I love how Messina writes the Bea-Damien dynamic. It's so warm, compelling and heart warming. They have fast become my favourite fictional pairing and I can't get them out of my head This book is charming, romantic, funny - and has pathos. I am so glad I discovered this series and this author and book 5...
  • Jani M
    1970-01-01
    The further I get into this series the more I like itIn my review of the first book in this series, I indicated that I felt like there should be more character and setting development... I still feel that way, but really have come to like the main characters and their relationship... Good chemistry and funny. I thought I knew where the plot in this book was going and that it was going to get all dramatic as Bea self sabotaged her relationship, bu...
  • Cait
    1970-01-01
    The Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries book are all fun, and this one has some twists I definitely appreciated even in a book where I wasn't looking for anything complicated. But for real, I need Lynn Messina to stop explaining and re-explaining everything. It's only been 30 pages, Lynn...I get it. Pretty charming characters though. ;)
  • Rebecca
    1970-01-01
    I loved the first three books of the series, but this one was a little disappointing. I didn't enjoy the mystery, and Bea seemed to have stalled character development wise. I missed the banter and antics of the duke and Bea while "on the case" as well. I'm still invested in these characters and feel optimistic book 5 reaffirm my adoration for the series.
  • Jenny Koch
    1970-01-01
    An intriguing mystery and fantastic romance sideline. I adore the female lead and while I wish she could have shown more trust in her fiance from earlier on, I could still understand and accept her reasoning. I like that the author didn't just end the couple's arc with a marriage proposal as if everything would be a fairytale herein after but really delved into the troubles that a spinster poor relation would encounter when marrying so far above ...
  • Jennifer Pryke
    1970-01-01
    Almost a fiveWere it not for the massive amount of time spent recapping the previous books in the series this would be an easy five atars.
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and any opinion expressed herein are my own.This is the fourth book of the Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries. It is a standalone book with no cliffhanger ending and you can read it without having read any of the prior books in the series. There are references to events which occurred in prior books but the author kindly provided quick summaries to bring you up-to-date (or remind you ...
  • Lidia
    1970-01-01
    This is my review of the audiobook as posted on Audible: The fourth part in the series forces Beatrice Hyde-Clare to look into her own family's past to discover what really happened to her parents... And that makes the story even more intriguing and emotionally involving:)As in all the previous books, the plot is fast, there are unexpected turns of events, and there's humour. There's a bit too little of the Duke of Kesgrave this time:) but it is ...
  • Lucy Crowe
    1970-01-01
    Longtime spinster Beatrice Hyde-Clare is engaged! To a Duke! She is also completely overwhelmed by the demands of society "friends", her aunt's dark predictions (will Beatrice truly be overseeing eight footmen?) and her own misgivings. Also . . . well, Bea is off on another investigation. Which is absolutely what she does best. In spite of the fact that Duchesses are rarely renowned sleuths. This time, Beatrice is solving a mystery close to her h...
  • Paula Dyches
    1970-01-01
    This is such a clever blend of Jane Austen and Stephanie Plum style writing. This series really is much better if you read them in order, I guess they could stand alone, but then you'd miss the fun in the first three books. I don't want to give anything away in this series so I will be keeping this a little vague. If you are into Regency-era romances and like a good cozy mystery then you'll love the combination of the two in this series. It made ...
  • Krystyna
    1970-01-01
    Just a bit too melodramatic for meA good read but just went a bit to far over into the melodramatic scene. Plus what actually happened too all the stocks and shares that had been her father's. Did she get back the bracelet? Why has no-one stepped in to make sure she has a proper trousseau? After the previous books I just expected a bit more and was sadly let down.Her engagement to the Duke is causing wagging tongues, plus everyone is expecting hi...
  • Glorianne
    1970-01-01
    This one was a bit more heartwrenching than the last, because the murder being solved was that of her parents. And Bea was very emotional, understandably, but that led to her being rather blind to things that the Bea of the previous three books would have noticed. But my main reason for giving it a lower rating is that so much of the book (view spoiler)[ was spent with Bea stupidly not confiding in Kesgrave. Personally, I hate deception between ...
  • Jenny
    1970-01-01
    I have devoured this series in a matter of days. It's rare that the fourth novel in the series is somehow the best but here we are! Such fun! The array of supporting characters through the entire series so far has been very entertaining. Such heart! It is IMPOSSIBLE not to love the hero and heroine and their endless wit and amusement. Bea is so very likeable even when subjected to unkindness at nearly every turn... and her romance with the duke i...
  • D. Starr
    1970-01-01
    A Mystery from the Past No sexNo violenceNo objectionable languageShould be read after finishing the previous 3 books in the series.Mousey little Beatrice is now engaged, much to everyone's dismay, to the devastatingly handsome Duke of Kesgrave. Adding humor to the story, little did Bea know her aunt would be all a-twitter about her own new social requirements. Meanwhile, it would seem that Bea is supposed to sit around and be content with being ...
  • Linda Pedersen
    1970-01-01
    I like the book. It was an easy and fun read. Still, there are a few things that I had problems with that pulled it down to a three star instead of a four:1. The book is rampant in the bad trope that after the two main characters have gotten together they are kept away from each other through most of the books. It was truly annoying that they did not get together before the last few chapters. 2. Our main character is supposed to be so clever, but...
  • F.E. Greene
    1970-01-01
    I am already completely in love with this series, and An Infamous Betrayal did not disappoint! Messina has blended mystery, romance, and Regency life into another lovely book. While I adore all of Messina's Regency novels, this particular series highlights the author's gift for weaving humor into her characters' dialogue and thoughts. Ultimately, this is about Bea's journey toward believing in herself and not what others tell her to think. There ...
  • Abigail
    1970-01-01
    This book severely lacks the Duke's presence and it suffers for it. The whole point of this unlikely duo is their interactions. The mystery in this book felt quite formulaic, but this could just be me getting to familiar with the author's style of writing.I'm glad it picked up immediately after the end of the third book, but then it had Bea mostly on her own trying to solve a mystery. This is not as much fun as when her and the Duke are both invo...
  • Isabelle Adler
    1970-01-01
    4.5 starsAnother terrific installment!I enjoyed the writing and the mystery plot tremendously, and thought it was an important step in the heroine's arc going forward, her learning to trust Kesgrave despite her self-doubts. I can't wait for the next one (where, I suspect, someone will drop dead at the wedding just so Bea would have the best honeymoon lol).I thought the recap of the previous books in the series was a bit excessive, hence the less ...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    I love this series, so much, and I adore how her confrontations inevitably end up being in public. I particularly like how their relationship plays out. My one major drawback is that we don't see the wedding in this book! I mean ONE more Chapter! I assume the next book will start with the wedding and follow with a mystery on their honeymoon, but still, really? We cant read it in this one??? Truly, i can't get enough of Beatrice and her protective...
  • Heatherinblack
    1970-01-01
    it could have ended badlyagain! i am seeing a pattern. this mystery was very well done and the book did not have any ill effects of the previous book’s obvious developments. does that make sense? i am trying not to say to much if you haven’t read the previous book yet. will the next mystery be of lesser quality? we will see. though of course i am totally going to read them all.