Julian “Trev” Silvester, the Marquis of Trevelin, once had everything a gentleman could want–fortune, good looks, and enough charm to seduce the beautiful young ladies of the ton.But after a duel with a jealous duke leaves him disfigured, Trev is ostracized by those who once celebrated him. Though his life is irrevocably changed, Trev is still loyal to his friends. When Willy Gilbert is accused of murder and Lady Vawdrey’s diamond necklace is stolen, he jumps at the chance to help them.
As the two cases merge, however, Trev finds an unlikely ally in Miss Desdemona Woodmansey. She’s the only young lady who doesn’t seem put off by his scar and the scandal of the duel. But as their investigation into the murder reveals just how treacherous the mask of polite society can be, both Trev and Desdemona are placed in grave danger. Trev has already lived through the disgrace of a scandal, but can he survive a murderer who will do anything to protect a sinister secret?
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I’m finally getting into some more challenging books, after a long time away, and this is certainly more challenging than many of my recent reads! The Devil In Beauty is a mystery set in London in 1811. Lord Trevelin (Trev) is disfigured and in social disgrace following a duel the previous year over a married woman. We get flashbacks regarding the time immediately surrounding the duel, and how Trev became disfigured and his expulsion from polite society. At the beginning of the book, his friend Willy Gilbert (disabled after a riding accident), has been carted off to Newgate Prison on the assumption that he has killed his younger brother Johnny. Trev is tasked to find out the truth about the murder and get Willy out of prison, by the very people who have shunned him previously, and still shun him.