The Darlington Letters
April 1819 Glittering chandeliers reveal dark secrets… Former spies and London society favorites Malcolm and Mélanie Suzanne Rannoch are back home, and delighted that their dear friends, Raoul O'Roarke and Laura Tarrington, are finally free to marry. But what should be an occasion for joy is soon marred by a blackmail attempt. To aid an old friend, the Rannochs must resume a life of espionage and adventure, facing an attack at the London docks and infiltrating a Mayfair ball in disguise to retrieve stolen letters. They soon realize the stolen documents they seek could upend the British government—and the secrets Malcolm and Mélanie uncover hit unexpectedly—and dangerously—close to home… Book 18 in the Rannoch Fraser series begun by Teresa Grant (pseudonym for author Tracy Grant. )

The Darlington Letters Details

TitleThe Darlington Letters
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 14th, 2018
PublisherNYLA
Rating
GenreMystery, Spy Thriller, Espionage, Historical, Historical Fiction

The Darlington Letters Review

  • Lynn Horton
    January 1, 1970
    I rarely give a two-star review. Authors work hard to create manuscripts, and I like Grant’s work. I read historical fiction between books of contemporary suspense, mystery, and thriller, so it’s not my primary genre. I’ve not reviewed the last few books in this series because I felt that they were weak, but I’m throwing in my two cents now. This plot rambles, as does the dialogue. References to characters from previous books are interruptions because there are so many characters now, from so ma I rarely give a two-star review. Authors work hard to create manuscripts, and I like Grant’s work. I read historical fiction between books of contemporary suspense, mystery, and thriller, so it’s not my primary genre. I’ve not reviewed the last few books in this series because I felt that they were weak, but I’m throwing in my two cents now. This plot rambles, as does the dialogue. References to characters from previous books are interruptions because there are so many characters now, from so many books, that I have to stop and try to remember who they are and what they did. The author doesn't provide much (if any) backstory about the relationships between these recurring characters and the primary characters, leaving that work to the reader. Also, the dialogue is very heavy. I believe that it needs a tight edit to ensure that every word is moving the story forward and to remove redundancies.Lastly, the ending is completely inconclusive. It's almost as if this book is a serial installment instead of a novel. I reached the end, and it was as if Grant just got tired of writing the story and stopped without tying together loose ends.I like Grant’s primary characters, and she does a good job of developing them. But it might be time to rethink this series, or slow down production enough to retrench, deepen the storyline, and actually conclude the story. Even a winning racehorse gets to retire one day, when it’s spent.
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  • Betty Strohecker
    January 1, 1970
    This novella is the perfect set up for the next Rannoch mystery. While preparing for his wedding to Laura, Raoul is called upon to find and retrieve some letters that are being used to blackmail his old friend Lord Weston. This sets our friendly band of spies - the Rannochs, Davenports, and Raoul - in motion to solve the problem. Lord Weston is a new character to the series, so his introduction provides some interesting background information about Raoul.I really enjoyed the action scenes with u This novella is the perfect set up for the next Rannoch mystery. While preparing for his wedding to Laura, Raoul is called upon to find and retrieve some letters that are being used to blackmail his old friend Lord Weston. This sets our friendly band of spies - the Rannochs, Davenports, and Raoul - in motion to solve the problem. Lord Weston is a new character to the series, so his introduction provides some interesting background information about Raoul.I really enjoyed the action scenes with undercover work by Malcolm and Suzanne to retrieve the letters. They were back in top spy form that makes this an exciting series. Julien kept popping in and out to add some interesting moments that promise some intrigue that will bind him to the Rannochs in the near future. He is becoming one of my favorite characters, as layers are peeled back, but always keeping his air of mystery. The wedding was a hit, giving insight into Laura's and Raoul's feelings about this major commitment in their lives, as well as bringing together a diverse group of people to celebrate. Many questions and unresolved issues were brought up about the Elsinore League, indicating it will be a major nemesis in the next novel.
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  • Barbara Literski
    January 1, 1970
    Always A SpyAnother great mystery about Malcom and Mélanie Rannoch!! The main characters are all together trying to solve another problem . The marriage of Raoul and Laura is schedule in this story. I have enjoyed reading all of the books about the Rannoch’s and their friends and family.
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  • Mskychick
    January 1, 1970
    I adore this series. To be frank, I’m grading on a curve because of my love for these characters. The last several books in the series have seemed more loosely strung than those earlier in the series.
  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    Malcolm and Mèlanie are back with the gang. There is a new case and the upcoming nuptials of Raoul O’Rourke and Laura.
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