CUT TO THE QUICK, by Kate Ross
When a body is discovered, Kestrel's valet Dipper, a former pickpocket, is accused and he must save Dipper by his own investigation: the local magistrate is the Fontclair family head. Tautly plotted, marvelous dialogue, wonderfully human emotions without the histrionics often found in Regencies. This series of four books (sadly, the fabulously talented author died at a young age) will make delicious reading. It's a 5.
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