I’m a big fan of this series, and this sixth volume did not disappoint! Thomas really keeps the world fresh by introducing new characters and conflicts without escalating too much. I think this series could easily span a dozen books and stay interesting, which is high praise from me.
This book brings the Moriarty problem to the foreground, with the criminal himself meeting Charlotte for the first time. Their meeting is foreboding and has all of the suspense it’s earned, and the case he sets before her really puts Charlotte and her allies in a corner. One of the problems with keeping your adversary in the shadows is that the reveal can be a letdown, but this wasn’t. Moriarty earns his menace, and the tension of this story is as tight as a tripwire.
The new characters we meet in this book are compelling, and add to the rich world Thomas has created. As well as the suspense of the main mystery, I enjoyed the romantic tension between Charlotte and Lord Ingram, which has only gotten more interesting. I think the scene between him and Mrs. Watson, where she essentially lays out that only complete happiness or complete heartbreak can follow, is very well done. Ingram says something very clever, that Charlotte loves freedom, and he loves security, but neither can accommodate those desires for the other. I think it will be interesting negotiating those needs between these characters moving forward. I also enjoyed Olivia’s growth and her becoming more of a part of the team. Overall, this book is a stellar addition to the series, and as soon as I put it down I was mad it was over!
Miss Moriarty, I presume? can be purchased wherever books are sold, or borrowed from your local library. This reviewer was provided with a copy in exchange for an honest review.