A Dangerous Deceit, by Marjorie Eccles, is a wonderful Golden Era-style mystery. Ms. Eccles is best known as the author of the Gil Mayo series, which takes place in a modern English village. A Dangerous Deceit, on the other hand, takes place in the years after World War I, and does a great job in capturing that era. Although she is still reeling from the death of her father, Margaret Rees-Talbot looks forward to her marriage to Symon Scroope, who is both a Vicar and a member of the British aristocracy. Before they can get married, however, they will need to lay to rest the ghosts of the past.
Part of what I really enjoyed about this book was that not only does it talk about the aftermath of World War I, but also brings in events from the second Boer War. History does not happen in small isolated portions and Ms. Eccles does a nice job of adding intrigue from the past in a realistic way. The real stars of this book are DI Reardon and his sergeant, although they seem to get little notice in the advance promotional material. I sincerely hope this is the first book in a series about them. This is a really solid, enjoyable entry in the new trend of post WWI mysteries. Fans of Maisie Dobbs will certainly enjoy this! ~Jennifer Lowe, Young Adult Librarian