This is a very promising start to a five-book series. I picked it up in between my other reads because I wanted something quick and relatively sweet and straightforward. I got what I was looking for.
We meet Sophie, who has ideas beyond what her society allows. She is artistic and uses that art to write for a newspaper. She is well known to be the author of the column despite writing it under a pseudonym. She wants to cover more critical details which are usually brushed under the rug. The callousness of the ‘ton’ is shown in very stark shades towards the end.
We are introduced to the case quite early on, there is an investigation into an unknown body and Sophie pushes her way in. She does her investigation thoroughly and practically. I suspected the person(s) who might have done the deed, but I assumed the wrong reason. Although I could see where it was going, it was still fun to see this play itself out. Notably the newly formed Blue Orchid Society and all its members. Each comes with their own unique abilities, and this does set the path for future books. I would love to see how each find their own happily ever afters, and if my guess is right, I know exactly who is meant for at least one other member.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience and my previous affinity to ‘Regency romances’