Imperial Scandal (Rannoch/Fraser Publication Order #5)

Imperial Scandal (Rannoch/Fraser Publication Order #5)

Amid the treachery of war and the whirl of revelry, no one is what they seem. . . Nights filled with lavish balls. . .lush, bucolic afternoons. . .. Removed to glamorous Brussels in the wake of Napoleon's escape from Elba, Intelligence Agent Malcolm Rannoch and his wife, Suzanne, warily partake in the country's pleasures. But with the Congress of Vienna in chaos and the Duk Amid the treachery of war and the whirl of revelry, no one is what they seem. . . Nights filled with lavish balls....

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Title:Imperial Scandal (Rannoch/Fraser Publication Order #5)
Author:Tracy Grant
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0758254245
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:482 pages pages

Imperial Scandal (Rannoch/Fraser Publication Order #5) Reviews

  • Krista
    Apr 02, 2013

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating. ...

    I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Vienna Waltz. The plot twists made me dizzy, & I loved the account of the Battle of Waterloo. The hardest part was keeping track of who was with whom, and what side they were on. Great book, hope there is a third! ...

    Interesting twist, but I'm getting a little tired of the ham-fisted, "if he only knew" "she was still keeping secrets." ...

    3.5/5.0 Very honest but cynical view of regency era relationships couched in a mystery. For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online, April 2012 issue. ...

    The political and romantic machinations were enough to make your head spin but still a very entertaining read. ...

    Aweome book and series. Love the setting, indepth plot and characters. Highly recommend ...

    Extremely byzantine plot. A lot of description of the battle of Waterloo that is neither very relevant to the principal characters, nor detailed enough for battle aficionados. A lot of repetitive angst about the herione's secret. All in all, not a good representative of this series. ...

    See my review under different version of this book. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... ...

    I enjoyed it very much. There was a major plot twist in the middle that shocked me. I'll be interested to see the fallout of that in future books! ...

    On the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, a shocking murder takes place, and Malcolm Rannoch is ordered to investigate, by none other than the Duke of Wellington. Gathered in Brussels awaiting Napoleon's next move, British and Dutch-Belgian forces are still engaged in balls and other socie...

    I am amazed each Teresa Grant book I read! This author is a story teller. This writer tells intricate, subtly nuanced mysteries. This writer creates character with pzazz and with poignant back-stories whose brilliance and aplomb are simply amazing. I mean, some writers will TELL you ho...

    This book begins at a ball in Brussels just prior to a battle with Napoleon in Waterloo. As society is dancing, Malcolm leaves to meet with a contact at an empty house. The meeting is interrupted by Harry Davenport who tells Malcolm his cover is in jeopardy. Gunfire erupts, and at the ...

    The book was just as fascinating as the previous one in the series. The first I read was Beneath a Silent Moon which really captivated me. Since then I have tried to follow chronological order going back to His Spanish Bride and move my way forward into the Malcolm/Suzanne story. I lik...

    The Rannoch's are back with a bit of mystery & romance in this fifth installment to the series. I liked this one as quite a lot. And unlike the last book, I did not have the culprit figured out this time, so it was even more fun to follow through to the reveal. As historical myster...

    Lots of characters. Lots of plot twists. But this tale of espionage set against the background of Waterloo is also well-written. I?d never read Teresa Grant before but I?ll definitely look for more. I liked it because it paints the chaos of Brussels so well, as panic fills the stre...

    Intensity and suspense pull this mystery forward. The Allied Forces are dancing before the battle of Waterloo begins. Wellington and the Prussians and the Belgians are dancing before the battle. A young woman is murdered; murdered in a place she should never have been. Suzanne and Malc...

    I liked parts of it, but found it overall jumbled and too many characters and funny little twists. I didn't seem to have much sympathy for Suzanne and Malcolm this time, as they seemed to be just a means of forwarding the plot rather than compelling characters in their own right. Drat....

    This historical novel weaves real and fictional characters around the Battle of Waterloo. Grant tries to rise above the typical romance novel. She creates a mystery of murder and espionage that engages the reader in plot twists. I liked most of the character types, except for Suzanne. ...

    Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch investigate a mysterious death in the days leading up to Waterloo. Fast-paced and exciting; in the last chapters of the book, the author definitely brought the battle, with all its conflict and confusion, to hectic life. The heightened emotion as Suzanne dis...

  • Kay Webb
    Mar 31, 2012

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

  • Angela
    Sep 19, 2012

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

  • Misfit
    Jul 07, 2014

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

  • TJ
    Nov 22, 2011

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating. ...

    I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Vienna Waltz. The plot twists made me dizzy, & I loved the account of the Battle of Waterloo. The hardest part was keeping track of who was with whom, and what side they were on. Great book, hope there is a third! ...

    Interesting twist, but I'm getting a little tired of the ham-fisted, "if he only knew" "she was still keeping secrets." ...

    3.5/5.0 Very honest but cynical view of regency era relationships couched in a mystery. For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online, April 2012 issue. ...

  • Brenna
    Apr 08, 2012

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

  • Lynn Calvin
    Mar 30, 2012

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

  • Alice
    Jun 21, 2014

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating. ...

    I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Vienna Waltz. The plot twists made me dizzy, & I loved the account of the Battle of Waterloo. The hardest part was keeping track of who was with whom, and what side they were on. Great book, hope there is a third! ...

    Interesting twist, but I'm getting a little tired of the ham-fisted, "if he only knew" "she was still keeping secrets." ...

    3.5/5.0 Very honest but cynical view of regency era relationships couched in a mystery. For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online, April 2012 issue. ...

    The political and romantic machinations were enough to make your head spin but still a very entertaining read. ...

    Aweome book and series. Love the setting, indepth plot and characters. Highly recommend ...

  • Niffer
    Sep 17, 2015

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating. ...

    I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Vienna Waltz. The plot twists made me dizzy, & I loved the account of the Battle of Waterloo. The hardest part was keeping track of who was with whom, and what side they were on. Great book, hope there is a third! ...

    Interesting twist, but I'm getting a little tired of the ham-fisted, "if he only knew" "she was still keeping secrets." ...

    3.5/5.0 Very honest but cynical view of regency era relationships couched in a mystery. For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online, April 2012 issue. ...

    The political and romantic machinations were enough to make your head spin but still a very entertaining read. ...

    Aweome book and series. Love the setting, indepth plot and characters. Highly recommend ...

    Extremely byzantine plot. A lot of description of the battle of Waterloo that is neither very relevant to the principal characters, nor detailed enough for battle aficionados. A lot of repetitive angst about the herione's secret. All in all, not a good representative of this series. ...

    See my review under different version of this book. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... ...

    I enjoyed it very much. There was a major plot twist in the middle that shocked me. I'll be interested to see the fallout of that in future books! ...

    On the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, a shocking murder takes place, and Malcolm Rannoch is ordered to investigate, by none other than the Duke of Wellington. Gathered in Brussels awaiting Napoleon's next move, British and Dutch-Belgian forces are still engaged in balls and other socie...

    I am amazed each Teresa Grant book I read! This author is a story teller. This writer tells intricate, subtly nuanced mysteries. This writer creates character with pzazz and with poignant back-stories whose brilliance and aplomb are simply amazing. I mean, some writers will TELL you ho...

    This book begins at a ball in Brussels just prior to a battle with Napoleon in Waterloo. As society is dancing, Malcolm leaves to meet with a contact at an empty house. The meeting is interrupted by Harry Davenport who tells Malcolm his cover is in jeopardy. Gunfire erupts, and at the ...

    The book was just as fascinating as the previous one in the series. The first I read was Beneath a Silent Moon which really captivated me. Since then I have tried to follow chronological order going back to His Spanish Bride and move my way forward into the Malcolm/Suzanne story. I lik...

    The Rannoch's are back with a bit of mystery & romance in this fifth installment to the series. I liked this one as quite a lot. And unlike the last book, I did not have the culprit figured out this time, so it was even more fun to follow through to the reveal. As historical myster...

    Lots of characters. Lots of plot twists. But this tale of espionage set against the background of Waterloo is also well-written. I?d never read Teresa Grant before but I?ll definitely look for more. I liked it because it paints the chaos of Brussels so well, as panic fills the stre...

    Intensity and suspense pull this mystery forward. The Allied Forces are dancing before the battle of Waterloo begins. Wellington and the Prussians and the Belgians are dancing before the battle. A young woman is murdered; murdered in a place she should never have been. Suzanne and Malc...

    I liked parts of it, but found it overall jumbled and too many characters and funny little twists. I didn't seem to have much sympathy for Suzanne and Malcolm this time, as they seemed to be just a means of forwarding the plot rather than compelling characters in their own right. Drat....

    This historical novel weaves real and fictional characters around the Battle of Waterloo. Grant tries to rise above the typical romance novel. She creates a mystery of murder and espionage that engages the reader in plot twists. I liked most of the character types, except for Suzanne. ...

    Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch investigate a mysterious death in the days leading up to Waterloo. Fast-paced and exciting; in the last chapters of the book, the author definitely brought the battle, with all its conflict and confusion, to hectic life. The heightened emotion as Suzanne dis...

    Although I love historical fiction, I had to struggle to finish this one. The parts about the actual battle was interesting, but the narrative else where is hard to sit through and the writing style is labored. I think there are far better writers in this genre, who can grip the reade...

    I was not as enthused about this one as I have been about the others. I felt like it was almost getting farcical as more and more secret affairs came out. The ending was also really weak--I didn't find the ultimate explanation of the mystery to really work with the rest of the story. ...

  • Foggygirl
    Mar 23, 2014

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating. ...

    I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Vienna Waltz. The plot twists made me dizzy, & I loved the account of the Battle of Waterloo. The hardest part was keeping track of who was with whom, and what side they were on. Great book, hope there is a third! ...

    Interesting twist, but I'm getting a little tired of the ham-fisted, "if he only knew" "she was still keeping secrets." ...

    3.5/5.0 Very honest but cynical view of regency era relationships couched in a mystery. For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online, April 2012 issue. ...

    The political and romantic machinations were enough to make your head spin but still a very entertaining read. ...

  • Li
    Aug 04, 2013

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

  • Val Sanford
    Aug 19, 2015

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating. ...

    I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Vienna Waltz. The plot twists made me dizzy, & I loved the account of the Battle of Waterloo. The hardest part was keeping track of who was with whom, and what side they were on. Great book, hope there is a third! ...

    Interesting twist, but I'm getting a little tired of the ham-fisted, "if he only knew" "she was still keeping secrets." ...

    3.5/5.0 Very honest but cynical view of regency era relationships couched in a mystery. For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online, April 2012 issue. ...

    The political and romantic machinations were enough to make your head spin but still a very entertaining read. ...

    Aweome book and series. Love the setting, indepth plot and characters. Highly recommend ...

    Extremely byzantine plot. A lot of description of the battle of Waterloo that is neither very relevant to the principal characters, nor detailed enough for battle aficionados. A lot of repetitive angst about the herione's secret. All in all, not a good representative of this series. ...

    See my review under different version of this book. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... ...

    I enjoyed it very much. There was a major plot twist in the middle that shocked me. I'll be interested to see the fallout of that in future books! ...

    On the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, a shocking murder takes place, and Malcolm Rannoch is ordered to investigate, by none other than the Duke of Wellington. Gathered in Brussels awaiting Napoleon's next move, British and Dutch-Belgian forces are still engaged in balls and other socie...

    I am amazed each Teresa Grant book I read! This author is a story teller. This writer tells intricate, subtly nuanced mysteries. This writer creates character with pzazz and with poignant back-stories whose brilliance and aplomb are simply amazing. I mean, some writers will TELL you ho...

    This book begins at a ball in Brussels just prior to a battle with Napoleon in Waterloo. As society is dancing, Malcolm leaves to meet with a contact at an empty house. The meeting is interrupted by Harry Davenport who tells Malcolm his cover is in jeopardy. Gunfire erupts, and at the ...

    The book was just as fascinating as the previous one in the series. The first I read was Beneath a Silent Moon which really captivated me. Since then I have tried to follow chronological order going back to His Spanish Bride and move my way forward into the Malcolm/Suzanne story. I lik...

    The Rannoch's are back with a bit of mystery & romance in this fifth installment to the series. I liked this one as quite a lot. And unlike the last book, I did not have the culprit figured out this time, so it was even more fun to follow through to the reveal. As historical myster...

    Lots of characters. Lots of plot twists. But this tale of espionage set against the background of Waterloo is also well-written. I?d never read Teresa Grant before but I?ll definitely look for more. I liked it because it paints the chaos of Brussels so well, as panic fills the stre...

    Intensity and suspense pull this mystery forward. The Allied Forces are dancing before the battle of Waterloo begins. Wellington and the Prussians and the Belgians are dancing before the battle. A young woman is murdered; murdered in a place she should never have been. Suzanne and Malc...

  • Bridget
    Apr 12, 2012

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating. ...

    I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Vienna Waltz. The plot twists made me dizzy, & I loved the account of the Battle of Waterloo. The hardest part was keeping track of who was with whom, and what side they were on. Great book, hope there is a third! ...

  • Edina Rutland
    Jun 04, 2014

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating. ...

    I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Vienna Waltz. The plot twists made me dizzy, & I loved the account of the Battle of Waterloo. The hardest part was keeping track of who was with whom, and what side they were on. Great book, hope there is a third! ...

    Interesting twist, but I'm getting a little tired of the ham-fisted, "if he only knew" "she was still keeping secrets." ...

    3.5/5.0 Very honest but cynical view of regency era relationships couched in a mystery. For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online, April 2012 issue. ...

    The political and romantic machinations were enough to make your head spin but still a very entertaining read. ...

    Aweome book and series. Love the setting, indepth plot and characters. Highly recommend ...

    Extremely byzantine plot. A lot of description of the battle of Waterloo that is neither very relevant to the principal characters, nor detailed enough for battle aficionados. A lot of repetitive angst about the herione's secret. All in all, not a good representative of this series. ...

    See my review under different version of this book. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... ...

    I enjoyed it very much. There was a major plot twist in the middle that shocked me. I'll be interested to see the fallout of that in future books! ...

    On the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, a shocking murder takes place, and Malcolm Rannoch is ordered to investigate, by none other than the Duke of Wellington. Gathered in Brussels awaiting Napoleon's next move, British and Dutch-Belgian forces are still engaged in balls and other socie...

    I am amazed each Teresa Grant book I read! This author is a story teller. This writer tells intricate, subtly nuanced mysteries. This writer creates character with pzazz and with poignant back-stories whose brilliance and aplomb are simply amazing. I mean, some writers will TELL you ho...

    This book begins at a ball in Brussels just prior to a battle with Napoleon in Waterloo. As society is dancing, Malcolm leaves to meet with a contact at an empty house. The meeting is interrupted by Harry Davenport who tells Malcolm his cover is in jeopardy. Gunfire erupts, and at the ...

    The book was just as fascinating as the previous one in the series. The first I read was Beneath a Silent Moon which really captivated me. Since then I have tried to follow chronological order going back to His Spanish Bride and move my way forward into the Malcolm/Suzanne story. I lik...

  • Anissa
    Feb 14, 2012

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating. ...

    I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Vienna Waltz. The plot twists made me dizzy, & I loved the account of the Battle of Waterloo. The hardest part was keeping track of who was with whom, and what side they were on. Great book, hope there is a third! ...

    Interesting twist, but I'm getting a little tired of the ham-fisted, "if he only knew" "she was still keeping secrets." ...

    3.5/5.0 Very honest but cynical view of regency era relationships couched in a mystery. For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online, April 2012 issue. ...

    The political and romantic machinations were enough to make your head spin but still a very entertaining read. ...

    Aweome book and series. Love the setting, indepth plot and characters. Highly recommend ...

    Extremely byzantine plot. A lot of description of the battle of Waterloo that is neither very relevant to the principal characters, nor detailed enough for battle aficionados. A lot of repetitive angst about the herione's secret. All in all, not a good representative of this series. ...

    See my review under different version of this book. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... ...

    I enjoyed it very much. There was a major plot twist in the middle that shocked me. I'll be interested to see the fallout of that in future books! ...

    On the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, a shocking murder takes place, and Malcolm Rannoch is ordered to investigate, by none other than the Duke of Wellington. Gathered in Brussels awaiting Napoleon's next move, British and Dutch-Belgian forces are still engaged in balls and other socie...

    I am amazed each Teresa Grant book I read! This author is a story teller. This writer tells intricate, subtly nuanced mysteries. This writer creates character with pzazz and with poignant back-stories whose brilliance and aplomb are simply amazing. I mean, some writers will TELL you ho...

    This book begins at a ball in Brussels just prior to a battle with Napoleon in Waterloo. As society is dancing, Malcolm leaves to meet with a contact at an empty house. The meeting is interrupted by Harry Davenport who tells Malcolm his cover is in jeopardy. Gunfire erupts, and at the ...

    The book was just as fascinating as the previous one in the series. The first I read was Beneath a Silent Moon which really captivated me. Since then I have tried to follow chronological order going back to His Spanish Bride and move my way forward into the Malcolm/Suzanne story. I lik...

    The Rannoch's are back with a bit of mystery & romance in this fifth installment to the series. I liked this one as quite a lot. And unlike the last book, I did not have the culprit figured out this time, so it was even more fun to follow through to the reveal. As historical myster...

  • David Ebsworth
    Feb 06, 2015

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating. ...

    I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Vienna Waltz. The plot twists made me dizzy, & I loved the account of the Battle of Waterloo. The hardest part was keeping track of who was with whom, and what side they were on. Great book, hope there is a third! ...

    Interesting twist, but I'm getting a little tired of the ham-fisted, "if he only knew" "she was still keeping secrets." ...

    3.5/5.0 Very honest but cynical view of regency era relationships couched in a mystery. For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online, April 2012 issue. ...

    The political and romantic machinations were enough to make your head spin but still a very entertaining read. ...

    Aweome book and series. Love the setting, indepth plot and characters. Highly recommend ...

    Extremely byzantine plot. A lot of description of the battle of Waterloo that is neither very relevant to the principal characters, nor detailed enough for battle aficionados. A lot of repetitive angst about the herione's secret. All in all, not a good representative of this series. ...

    See my review under different version of this book. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... ...

    I enjoyed it very much. There was a major plot twist in the middle that shocked me. I'll be interested to see the fallout of that in future books! ...

    On the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, a shocking murder takes place, and Malcolm Rannoch is ordered to investigate, by none other than the Duke of Wellington. Gathered in Brussels awaiting Napoleon's next move, British and Dutch-Belgian forces are still engaged in balls and other socie...

    I am amazed each Teresa Grant book I read! This author is a story teller. This writer tells intricate, subtly nuanced mysteries. This writer creates character with pzazz and with poignant back-stories whose brilliance and aplomb are simply amazing. I mean, some writers will TELL you ho...

    This book begins at a ball in Brussels just prior to a battle with Napoleon in Waterloo. As society is dancing, Malcolm leaves to meet with a contact at an empty house. The meeting is interrupted by Harry Davenport who tells Malcolm his cover is in jeopardy. Gunfire erupts, and at the ...

    The book was just as fascinating as the previous one in the series. The first I read was Beneath a Silent Moon which really captivated me. Since then I have tried to follow chronological order going back to His Spanish Bride and move my way forward into the Malcolm/Suzanne story. I lik...

    The Rannoch's are back with a bit of mystery & romance in this fifth installment to the series. I liked this one as quite a lot. And unlike the last book, I did not have the culprit figured out this time, so it was even more fun to follow through to the reveal. As historical myster...

    Lots of characters. Lots of plot twists. But this tale of espionage set against the background of Waterloo is also well-written. I?d never read Teresa Grant before but I?ll definitely look for more. I liked it because it paints the chaos of Brussels so well, as panic fills the stre...

  • Sarah
    Jan 18, 2013

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating. ...

    I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Vienna Waltz. The plot twists made me dizzy, & I loved the account of the Battle of Waterloo. The hardest part was keeping track of who was with whom, and what side they were on. Great book, hope there is a third! ...

    Interesting twist, but I'm getting a little tired of the ham-fisted, "if he only knew" "she was still keeping secrets." ...

  • Sue
    Sep 05, 2012

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating. ...

    I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Vienna Waltz. The plot twists made me dizzy, & I loved the account of the Battle of Waterloo. The hardest part was keeping track of who was with whom, and what side they were on. Great book, hope there is a third! ...

    Interesting twist, but I'm getting a little tired of the ham-fisted, "if he only knew" "she was still keeping secrets." ...

    3.5/5.0 Very honest but cynical view of regency era relationships couched in a mystery. For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online, April 2012 issue. ...

    The political and romantic machinations were enough to make your head spin but still a very entertaining read. ...

    Aweome book and series. Love the setting, indepth plot and characters. Highly recommend ...

    Extremely byzantine plot. A lot of description of the battle of Waterloo that is neither very relevant to the principal characters, nor detailed enough for battle aficionados. A lot of repetitive angst about the herione's secret. All in all, not a good representative of this series. ...

    See my review under different version of this book. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... ...

    I enjoyed it very much. There was a major plot twist in the middle that shocked me. I'll be interested to see the fallout of that in future books! ...

    On the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, a shocking murder takes place, and Malcolm Rannoch is ordered to investigate, by none other than the Duke of Wellington. Gathered in Brussels awaiting Napoleon's next move, British and Dutch-Belgian forces are still engaged in balls and other socie...

    I am amazed each Teresa Grant book I read! This author is a story teller. This writer tells intricate, subtly nuanced mysteries. This writer creates character with pzazz and with poignant back-stories whose brilliance and aplomb are simply amazing. I mean, some writers will TELL you ho...

    This book begins at a ball in Brussels just prior to a battle with Napoleon in Waterloo. As society is dancing, Malcolm leaves to meet with a contact at an empty house. The meeting is interrupted by Harry Davenport who tells Malcolm his cover is in jeopardy. Gunfire erupts, and at the ...

    The book was just as fascinating as the previous one in the series. The first I read was Beneath a Silent Moon which really captivated me. Since then I have tried to follow chronological order going back to His Spanish Bride and move my way forward into the Malcolm/Suzanne story. I lik...

    The Rannoch's are back with a bit of mystery & romance in this fifth installment to the series. I liked this one as quite a lot. And unlike the last book, I did not have the culprit figured out this time, so it was even more fun to follow through to the reveal. As historical myster...

    Lots of characters. Lots of plot twists. But this tale of espionage set against the background of Waterloo is also well-written. I?d never read Teresa Grant before but I?ll definitely look for more. I liked it because it paints the chaos of Brussels so well, as panic fills the stre...

    Intensity and suspense pull this mystery forward. The Allied Forces are dancing before the battle of Waterloo begins. Wellington and the Prussians and the Belgians are dancing before the battle. A young woman is murdered; murdered in a place she should never have been. Suzanne and Malc...

    I liked parts of it, but found it overall jumbled and too many characters and funny little twists. I didn't seem to have much sympathy for Suzanne and Malcolm this time, as they seemed to be just a means of forwarding the plot rather than compelling characters in their own right. Drat....

  • Julie
    Apr 21, 2012

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating. ...

  • Glen
    Jun 11, 2018

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating. ...

    I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Vienna Waltz. The plot twists made me dizzy, & I loved the account of the Battle of Waterloo. The hardest part was keeping track of who was with whom, and what side they were on. Great book, hope there is a third! ...

    Interesting twist, but I'm getting a little tired of the ham-fisted, "if he only knew" "she was still keeping secrets." ...

    3.5/5.0 Very honest but cynical view of regency era relationships couched in a mystery. For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online, April 2012 issue. ...

    The political and romantic machinations were enough to make your head spin but still a very entertaining read. ...

    Aweome book and series. Love the setting, indepth plot and characters. Highly recommend ...

    Extremely byzantine plot. A lot of description of the battle of Waterloo that is neither very relevant to the principal characters, nor detailed enough for battle aficionados. A lot of repetitive angst about the herione's secret. All in all, not a good representative of this series. ...

  • Sylvia Abrams
    Apr 07, 2014

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating. ...

    I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Vienna Waltz. The plot twists made me dizzy, & I loved the account of the Battle of Waterloo. The hardest part was keeping track of who was with whom, and what side they were on. Great book, hope there is a third! ...

    Interesting twist, but I'm getting a little tired of the ham-fisted, "if he only knew" "she was still keeping secrets." ...

    3.5/5.0 Very honest but cynical view of regency era relationships couched in a mystery. For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online, April 2012 issue. ...

    The political and romantic machinations were enough to make your head spin but still a very entertaining read. ...

    Aweome book and series. Love the setting, indepth plot and characters. Highly recommend ...

    Extremely byzantine plot. A lot of description of the battle of Waterloo that is neither very relevant to the principal characters, nor detailed enough for battle aficionados. A lot of repetitive angst about the herione's secret. All in all, not a good representative of this series. ...

    See my review under different version of this book. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... ...

    I enjoyed it very much. There was a major plot twist in the middle that shocked me. I'll be interested to see the fallout of that in future books! ...

    On the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, a shocking murder takes place, and Malcolm Rannoch is ordered to investigate, by none other than the Duke of Wellington. Gathered in Brussels awaiting Napoleon's next move, British and Dutch-Belgian forces are still engaged in balls and other socie...

    I am amazed each Teresa Grant book I read! This author is a story teller. This writer tells intricate, subtly nuanced mysteries. This writer creates character with pzazz and with poignant back-stories whose brilliance and aplomb are simply amazing. I mean, some writers will TELL you ho...

    This book begins at a ball in Brussels just prior to a battle with Napoleon in Waterloo. As society is dancing, Malcolm leaves to meet with a contact at an empty house. The meeting is interrupted by Harry Davenport who tells Malcolm his cover is in jeopardy. Gunfire erupts, and at the ...

    The book was just as fascinating as the previous one in the series. The first I read was Beneath a Silent Moon which really captivated me. Since then I have tried to follow chronological order going back to His Spanish Bride and move my way forward into the Malcolm/Suzanne story. I lik...

    The Rannoch's are back with a bit of mystery & romance in this fifth installment to the series. I liked this one as quite a lot. And unlike the last book, I did not have the culprit figured out this time, so it was even more fun to follow through to the reveal. As historical myster...

    Lots of characters. Lots of plot twists. But this tale of espionage set against the background of Waterloo is also well-written. I?d never read Teresa Grant before but I?ll definitely look for more. I liked it because it paints the chaos of Brussels so well, as panic fills the stre...

    Intensity and suspense pull this mystery forward. The Allied Forces are dancing before the battle of Waterloo begins. Wellington and the Prussians and the Belgians are dancing before the battle. A young woman is murdered; murdered in a place she should never have been. Suzanne and Malc...

    I liked parts of it, but found it overall jumbled and too many characters and funny little twists. I didn't seem to have much sympathy for Suzanne and Malcolm this time, as they seemed to be just a means of forwarding the plot rather than compelling characters in their own right. Drat....

    This historical novel weaves real and fictional characters around the Battle of Waterloo. Grant tries to rise above the typical romance novel. She creates a mystery of murder and espionage that engages the reader in plot twists. I liked most of the character types, except for Suzanne. ...

  • Lynn Spencer
    Jul 23, 2017

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

  • Leena
    Feb 15, 2016

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating. ...

    I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Vienna Waltz. The plot twists made me dizzy, & I loved the account of the Battle of Waterloo. The hardest part was keeping track of who was with whom, and what side they were on. Great book, hope there is a third! ...

    Interesting twist, but I'm getting a little tired of the ham-fisted, "if he only knew" "she was still keeping secrets." ...

    3.5/5.0 Very honest but cynical view of regency era relationships couched in a mystery. For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online, April 2012 issue. ...

    The political and romantic machinations were enough to make your head spin but still a very entertaining read. ...

    Aweome book and series. Love the setting, indepth plot and characters. Highly recommend ...

    Extremely byzantine plot. A lot of description of the battle of Waterloo that is neither very relevant to the principal characters, nor detailed enough for battle aficionados. A lot of repetitive angst about the herione's secret. All in all, not a good representative of this series. ...

    See my review under different version of this book. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... ...

    I enjoyed it very much. There was a major plot twist in the middle that shocked me. I'll be interested to see the fallout of that in future books! ...

    On the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, a shocking murder takes place, and Malcolm Rannoch is ordered to investigate, by none other than the Duke of Wellington. Gathered in Brussels awaiting Napoleon's next move, British and Dutch-Belgian forces are still engaged in balls and other socie...

    I am amazed each Teresa Grant book I read! This author is a story teller. This writer tells intricate, subtly nuanced mysteries. This writer creates character with pzazz and with poignant back-stories whose brilliance and aplomb are simply amazing. I mean, some writers will TELL you ho...

    This book begins at a ball in Brussels just prior to a battle with Napoleon in Waterloo. As society is dancing, Malcolm leaves to meet with a contact at an empty house. The meeting is interrupted by Harry Davenport who tells Malcolm his cover is in jeopardy. Gunfire erupts, and at the ...

    The book was just as fascinating as the previous one in the series. The first I read was Beneath a Silent Moon which really captivated me. Since then I have tried to follow chronological order going back to His Spanish Bride and move my way forward into the Malcolm/Suzanne story. I lik...

    The Rannoch's are back with a bit of mystery & romance in this fifth installment to the series. I liked this one as quite a lot. And unlike the last book, I did not have the culprit figured out this time, so it was even more fun to follow through to the reveal. As historical myster...

    Lots of characters. Lots of plot twists. But this tale of espionage set against the background of Waterloo is also well-written. I?d never read Teresa Grant before but I?ll definitely look for more. I liked it because it paints the chaos of Brussels so well, as panic fills the stre...

    Intensity and suspense pull this mystery forward. The Allied Forces are dancing before the battle of Waterloo begins. Wellington and the Prussians and the Belgians are dancing before the battle. A young woman is murdered; murdered in a place she should never have been. Suzanne and Malc...

    I liked parts of it, but found it overall jumbled and too many characters and funny little twists. I didn't seem to have much sympathy for Suzanne and Malcolm this time, as they seemed to be just a means of forwarding the plot rather than compelling characters in their own right. Drat....

    This historical novel weaves real and fictional characters around the Battle of Waterloo. Grant tries to rise above the typical romance novel. She creates a mystery of murder and espionage that engages the reader in plot twists. I liked most of the character types, except for Suzanne. ...

    Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch investigate a mysterious death in the days leading up to Waterloo. Fast-paced and exciting; in the last chapters of the book, the author definitely brought the battle, with all its conflict and confusion, to hectic life. The heightened emotion as Suzanne dis...

    Although I love historical fiction, I had to struggle to finish this one. The parts about the actual battle was interesting, but the narrative else where is hard to sit through and the writing style is labored. I think there are far better writers in this genre, who can grip the reade...

  • Paul Burnette
    Jul 17, 2014

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating. ...

    I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Vienna Waltz. The plot twists made me dizzy, & I loved the account of the Battle of Waterloo. The hardest part was keeping track of who was with whom, and what side they were on. Great book, hope there is a third! ...

    Interesting twist, but I'm getting a little tired of the ham-fisted, "if he only knew" "she was still keeping secrets." ...

    3.5/5.0 Very honest but cynical view of regency era relationships couched in a mystery. For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online, April 2012 issue. ...

    The political and romantic machinations were enough to make your head spin but still a very entertaining read. ...

    Aweome book and series. Love the setting, indepth plot and characters. Highly recommend ...

    Extremely byzantine plot. A lot of description of the battle of Waterloo that is neither very relevant to the principal characters, nor detailed enough for battle aficionados. A lot of repetitive angst about the herione's secret. All in all, not a good representative of this series. ...

    See my review under different version of this book. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... ...

    I enjoyed it very much. There was a major plot twist in the middle that shocked me. I'll be interested to see the fallout of that in future books! ...

    On the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, a shocking murder takes place, and Malcolm Rannoch is ordered to investigate, by none other than the Duke of Wellington. Gathered in Brussels awaiting Napoleon's next move, British and Dutch-Belgian forces are still engaged in balls and other socie...

    I am amazed each Teresa Grant book I read! This author is a story teller. This writer tells intricate, subtly nuanced mysteries. This writer creates character with pzazz and with poignant back-stories whose brilliance and aplomb are simply amazing. I mean, some writers will TELL you ho...

  • Mary B. Grove
    Jul 11, 2014

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

  • Danielle Gonzalez
    Nov 19, 2016

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating. ...

    I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Vienna Waltz. The plot twists made me dizzy, & I loved the account of the Battle of Waterloo. The hardest part was keeping track of who was with whom, and what side they were on. Great book, hope there is a third! ...

    Interesting twist, but I'm getting a little tired of the ham-fisted, "if he only knew" "she was still keeping secrets." ...

    3.5/5.0 Very honest but cynical view of regency era relationships couched in a mystery. For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online, April 2012 issue. ...

    The political and romantic machinations were enough to make your head spin but still a very entertaining read. ...

    Aweome book and series. Love the setting, indepth plot and characters. Highly recommend ...

    Extremely byzantine plot. A lot of description of the battle of Waterloo that is neither very relevant to the principal characters, nor detailed enough for battle aficionados. A lot of repetitive angst about the herione's secret. All in all, not a good representative of this series. ...

    See my review under different version of this book. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... ...

    I enjoyed it very much. There was a major plot twist in the middle that shocked me. I'll be interested to see the fallout of that in future books! ...

    On the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, a shocking murder takes place, and Malcolm Rannoch is ordered to investigate, by none other than the Duke of Wellington. Gathered in Brussels awaiting Napoleon's next move, British and Dutch-Belgian forces are still engaged in balls and other socie...

    I am amazed each Teresa Grant book I read! This author is a story teller. This writer tells intricate, subtly nuanced mysteries. This writer creates character with pzazz and with poignant back-stories whose brilliance and aplomb are simply amazing. I mean, some writers will TELL you ho...

    This book begins at a ball in Brussels just prior to a battle with Napoleon in Waterloo. As society is dancing, Malcolm leaves to meet with a contact at an empty house. The meeting is interrupted by Harry Davenport who tells Malcolm his cover is in jeopardy. Gunfire erupts, and at the ...

  • Betty Strohecker
    Apr 06, 2015

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating. ...

    I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Vienna Waltz. The plot twists made me dizzy, & I loved the account of the Battle of Waterloo. The hardest part was keeping track of who was with whom, and what side they were on. Great book, hope there is a third! ...

    Interesting twist, but I'm getting a little tired of the ham-fisted, "if he only knew" "she was still keeping secrets." ...

    3.5/5.0 Very honest but cynical view of regency era relationships couched in a mystery. For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online, April 2012 issue. ...

    The political and romantic machinations were enough to make your head spin but still a very entertaining read. ...

    Aweome book and series. Love the setting, indepth plot and characters. Highly recommend ...

    Extremely byzantine plot. A lot of description of the battle of Waterloo that is neither very relevant to the principal characters, nor detailed enough for battle aficionados. A lot of repetitive angst about the herione's secret. All in all, not a good representative of this series. ...

    See my review under different version of this book. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... ...

    I enjoyed it very much. There was a major plot twist in the middle that shocked me. I'll be interested to see the fallout of that in future books! ...

    On the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, a shocking murder takes place, and Malcolm Rannoch is ordered to investigate, by none other than the Duke of Wellington. Gathered in Brussels awaiting Napoleon's next move, British and Dutch-Belgian forces are still engaged in balls and other socie...

  • Jack Vasen
    May 07, 2018

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating. ...

    I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Vienna Waltz. The plot twists made me dizzy, & I loved the account of the Battle of Waterloo. The hardest part was keeping track of who was with whom, and what side they were on. Great book, hope there is a third! ...

    Interesting twist, but I'm getting a little tired of the ham-fisted, "if he only knew" "she was still keeping secrets." ...

    3.5/5.0 Very honest but cynical view of regency era relationships couched in a mystery. For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online, April 2012 issue. ...

    The political and romantic machinations were enough to make your head spin but still a very entertaining read. ...

    Aweome book and series. Love the setting, indepth plot and characters. Highly recommend ...

    Extremely byzantine plot. A lot of description of the battle of Waterloo that is neither very relevant to the principal characters, nor detailed enough for battle aficionados. A lot of repetitive angst about the herione's secret. All in all, not a good representative of this series. ...

    See my review under different version of this book. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... ...

  • Patti
    Sep 19, 2017

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic g...

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, &...

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating. ...

    I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Vienna Waltz. The plot twists made me dizzy, & I loved the account of the Battle of Waterloo. The hardest part was keeping track of who was with whom, and what side they were on. Great book, hope there is a third! ...

    Interesting twist, but I'm getting a little tired of the ham-fisted, "if he only knew" "she was still keeping secrets." ...

    3.5/5.0 Very honest but cynical view of regency era relationships couched in a mystery. For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online, April 2012 issue. ...

    The political and romantic machinations were enough to make your head spin but still a very entertaining read. ...

    Aweome book and series. Love the setting, indepth plot and characters. Highly recommend ...

    Extremely byzantine plot. A lot of description of the battle of Waterloo that is neither very relevant to the principal characters, nor detailed enough for battle aficionados. A lot of repetitive angst about the herione's secret. All in all, not a good representative of this series. ...

    See my review under different version of this book. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... ...

    I enjoyed it very much. There was a major plot twist in the middle that shocked me. I'll be interested to see the fallout of that in future books! ...

  • Noodles78
    Sep 01, 2012

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story...

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle. This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tension...

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story. ...

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012 I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There ...

    Intricately plotted and quite well-written All of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situat...

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to ...