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A Rogue's Company: A Sparks & Bainbridge Mystery (Paperback)
*A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week!*
In Allison Montclair's A Rogue's Company, business becomes personal for the Right Sort Marriage Bureau when a new client, a brutal murder, two kidnappings, and the recently returned from Africa Lord Bainbridge threatens everything that one of the principals holds dear.
In London, 1946, the Right Sort Marriage Bureau is getting on its feet and expanding. Miss Iris Sparks and Mrs. Gwendolyn Bainbridge are making a go of it. That is until Lord Bainbridge—the widowed Gwen's father-in-law and legal guardian—returns from a business trip to Africa and threatens to undo everything important to her, even sending her six-year-old son away to a boarding school.
But there's more going on than that. A new client shows up at the agency, one whom Sparks and Bainbridge begin to suspect really has a secret agenda, somehow involving the Bainbridge family. A murder and a subsequent kidnapping sends Sparks to seek help from a dangerous quarter—and now their very survival is at stake.
About the Author
ALLISON MONTCLAIR grew up devouring hand-me-down Agatha Christie paperbacks and James Bond movies. As a result of this deplorable upbringing, Montclair became addicted to tales of crime, intrigue, and espionage. She now spends her spare time poking through the corners, nooks, and crannies of history, searching for the odd mysterious bits and transforming them into novels of her own. She is the author of the Sparks & Bainbridge historical mystery series, which begins with The Right Sort of Man.
"Absorbing and affecting... a series that grows better and richer with each book." --Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star
"Excellent." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A saucy and witty romp...with an ear for characters’ unique lingo and language and an eye for period detail, Montclair’s Rogue is spot on." --Historical Novel Society
"...ably captures the relief of the postwar era in the fast-paced and funny A Rogue's Company, as those who survived the Blitz and the battles try to put their lives back together...Readers of Ashley Weaver or Rhys Bowen are sure to adore the adventures of Sparks & Bainbridge." --Shelf Awareness
"From the drawing room to the back alley, murder is no match for this unlikely pair of marriage brokers." --Kirkus Reviews