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Letters to a Lover (Crime & Passion #2) by Mary Lancaster. Historical Romance / Mystery. Release & ARC Review.

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Will blackmail wreck their marriage? Or save it?

Welcome to Book 2 in the bestselling Crime & passion series by USA Today Bestselling Author Mary Lancaster.

When Azalea, the beautiful Viscountess Trench, receives a note threatening to expose her adulterous love letters unless she pays up, she faces even greater anxieties than most blackmail victims. Not only is her marriage a little too frail to withstand such revelations at this moment, but she can’t actually remember the adultery, let alone writing the letters.

In fact, there seems to be a great deal she can’t remember, which puts her at considerable disadvantage when facing down a blackmailer. In desperation, she turns to her sister Grizelda, recently returned from her honeymoon, to track down the culprit before her beloved husband finds out.

But Eric, Lord Trench, has grown tired of waiting patiently for his wife to come back to him. When he finds her in a bizarre assignation, he sees red, and demands that she gives him her trust and her love. If it is not already too late.

For worse dangers than scandal stalk Azalea and they will need to work fast if they are to save their marriage – and Azalea’s very life.


Azalea,  Viscountess Trench suffered with "the baby blues" after the birth of her daughter.  That caused a rift between her and her husband.  Now she finds herself the victim of blackmail.  Did she do what the blackmailer says??  She can't remember, that is causing her to doubt her sanity. 
Eric,  Lord Trench loves his wife desperately, but they have drifted apart. He knows that something has changed and wants to fix it. 
This is a lovely historical romance that has a big mystery to solve.  Just how naughty has our heroine been in her "brain fog"??
Can our loving hero see past what might or might not have happened??? 
Really great fun,. This is the second book in this series but easily read on it's own.  I don't know if the rest of the series has the Tizlas involved,  if not I can see a possible series related to Griz and her husband's special talents being used by others.  
I loved every page and can't wait to


Mary Lancaster's first love was historical fiction. Since then she has grown to love coffee, chocolate, red wine and black and white films - simultaneously where possible. She hates housework.

As a direct consequence of the first love, she studied history at St. Andrews University, after which she worked variously as editorial assistant, researcher and librarian. Although she has always written stories for her own entertainment, she began to make serious efforts toward publication in order to distract herself from a job she disliked. She now writes full time at her seaside home in Scotland, which she shares with her husband and three children.

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