I just finished this one only a few seconds ago. It was even better than the first! I love how I can try to solve the mystery along side her, and I can guess who the 'bad guy' might be, but the story behind it is always so much more complex. The author does throw in a lot of history, which is really interesting, especially in the case of this novel that deals with smuggling goods from France, and French Royalists. And, it fills that craving for Jane Austen that I wasn't getting from all the other attempts at recreating the authoress' life, or that of her characters. Now I'm on to the next one!!