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The epic sage of the Duke of Averbury daugthers’ continues in The Sliver Skull. Olivia, the young socialite daughter of Duke of Averbury is looking for a husband. After the escapades of her sisters in The Golden Spider, Olivia is no longer engaged to Lord Carlton Snyder.
This Olivia is very determined to work in service to the Queen. She is an experienced programmer and wants to use her skills as an agent. After rebuffing all the suitors presented by her parents, she travels to Italy with her mother to find a husband. She has one small task do complete in the service of the Queen.
As an overachiever, her small task turns into an adventure; propelling from dirigible, impersonating a medical assistant, pretending to be married, and falling in love with a traitor. The attraction and then love for Lord Ian Stanton plunges her head long in a world of espionage.
There is the excitement of clockwork gadgets, the impropriety of male and female interactions, jealousy, family obligations and devotion, and the passion of love. Unlike the first book, The Golden Spider, much of the clockwork gadgets relate to enhancing the physical attributes of human bones. You will find it to be a tad more medical than the first book.
Do not let that dissuade you because the passion is still hot, there is a fierce independent woman who makes a man’s blood run hot and a suspenseful situation that has the couple fighting for their life.
Enjoy this entertaining story. I hope there are others. Duke Averbury does have another daughter and a son left. Anne Renwick could continue the story of the characters in books 1 and 2.