A Play of Treachery (Joliffe the Player, Book 5) by Margaret Frazer

By Margaret Frazer

On the behest of his robust shopper, Joliffe trips to France to behave as a servant to the widowed duchess Jacquetta of Bedford—while really education in spycraft. but if a member of the duchess's family is murdered, Joliffe learns simply how risky secrets and techniques can be...

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She was convinced this would have made all the difference in Harolds new attitude toward her. The God, much to her chagrin, was regarding the Milksop with faintly raised eyebrows and a disbelieving expression, as if he could not quite decide what to make of the young man in the purple suit. Nicola could not blame him. She had never been certain what to make of Harold herself. " Harold asked, holding out a hand that was almost as pale and slender as her own. A lady, Madame Vieuxvincent had instructed her pupils, always accepted the inevitable with graciousness.

And she was almost as fine a milliner as any in the city, having rendered many an out-of-fashion bonnet stylish in the extreme with an artful addition of a silk rose here, or an artificial cherry there. Eyeing her letter, Nicola wondered if she ought to add something about the God. It seemed as if it might be a good idea, since it was entirely possible that Sebastian Bartholomew was going to play an important role in all of their lives, if things kept up the way they had been. Having grown up almost completely sheltered from them, Nicola knew very little, it was true, about young men, but it did seem to her that Honoria's brother had been most attentive since she'd come to stay.

Interestingly, it was as Nicola was carefully extolling all of the God's virtues in her letter to her loved ones back at Beckwell Abbey that Lord Farelly's butler entered the morning room to announce that two other personages for whom Nicola had pet names had come calling, and were waiting to see her in the drawing room—her cousin Lord Renshaw (the Grouser) and his son Harold (the Milksop). Nicola made a face and laid down her pen. Lord Renshaw and his heir were just about the last people she wanted to see.

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