A Most Peculiar Circumstance: entertaining, but not as suspenseful as it tries to be

Readers who are familiar with Jen Turano’s “A Change of Fortune,” will recognize her unique writing style in this sequel, “A Most Peculiar Circumstance.” Turano’s storylines are based largely on a framework of dialogue, with limited (or non-existent) description of setting or mood.  Interestingly, this actually works, making for quirky, verbose characters, who generally talk their way through the action, climax, and dénouement.

You need not have read the first book in the series to enjoy “A Most Peculiar Circumstance”, as there is not a continuing storyline so much as a shift of focus to the misadventures and developing romance of Arabella and Theodore – minor characters in the first book.

“A Most Peculiar Circumstance” is fun and easy reading, with an unlikely plot involving high society, free-thinking women who frequently find themselves in jail, forging easy friendships with prostitutes, while the men in their lives are generally amused with the mishaps these ladies find themselves in.  The storyline is predictable, and though it aims to be suspenseful it is not, for you never truly believe that any harm will come to anyone.  Nonetheless, the characters are likable, the plot is fast-moving, and the story is entertaining.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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