A fairly good entry in the series, despite the rather preposterous names and situations that Ms. Perry starts off with. This time, the story moves from London to an English country estate, to Venice, to a small kingdom in Germany and back to London for the trial. Countess Zorah Rostova finds herself sued for libel by a widowed princess, and turns to Sir Oliver Rathbone to defend her. William Monk is tasked to find out the truth, has an affair, finds out a few more little bits about his past. Hester Latterly in the meantime is helping a young man cope with a crippling illness. This does go over the top in spots, but it is still a pretty good read. Four stars overall.
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