Sunday, July 26, 2009
Caroline Brooks: An Old Scandal
An Old Scandal was published in April 1985 by Signet. Caroline Brooks writes a story about Leonora Ware, who comes face to face with her husband's killer, Lord Umberto. She finds out that he is not only skilled with weapons, but with a female's heart!
Allan Kass paints a delightful picture for this book! I love the detail in the heroine's hairpiece and her elegant dress and trimmings. Our hero is handsome in evening dress and the room they stand is beautifully decorated. One of Allan's classic regency illustrations!
Dueling was illegal in Britain, but it was a time-honored way to resolve problems or to defend your honor. Usually if you killed your opponent, you went abroad for a year for the scandal to settle down.