Mina Hallidayís father has been
unfairly accused and convicted of stealing jewels that had
been brought into his shop. He is sent to Australia, and
Mina will do anything to win his freedom. With nowhere else
to go, she takes a job at The Pleasure Emporium as a
barmaid. She also uses her writing skills to pen letters to
possible customers, enticing them to visit the bordello.
She hopes those writing skills will
also help her catch the person who framed her father. Mina
has some suspects in mind, and sheís sending them letters.
Now all she has to do is wait for them to show up, so she
Chief Constable Salter Lambrick has a
murder to solve. Someone has done in Lord Rodrick Prescott
and one of the clues is an erotic letter found in Prescottís
pocket. When Lambrick follows that lead he finds himself at
The Pleasure Emporium, and quickly discovers Mina as its
When he discovers her real reasons for
seeking our Lord Prescott he tells her to stay out of his
investigation. But Mina is determined to find the man
responsible for her fatherís incarceration. And Salter is
determined to find a killer. Can the two of them go about
obtaining their separate goals and not cross paths, or fall
Gentlemen Behaving Badly
started out with a bang. I found Minaís character to be
likable, and more than a little naÔve. Her determination to
free her father endeared her to me, and I liked the fact
that she didnít back down from a challenge.
Salter is a lawman resolved to finding
the truth. I found him to be a great hero, at first, and
then he shot a gun at Mina while she was in the Thames, then
bound her wrists and made her walk behind his horse through
the streets of London. That killed his character for me.
Even if he wasnít aiming at her, only near her, it still put
her in danger, and his hero status flew out the window.
The resolution of the book was
enjoyable, but Iím afraid Salter never quite recovered in my
eyes. This is the second book in the Pleasure Emporium
Series. Although the book is set partially in a bordello,
the sex is light. But Minaís battle as she fights against
her self-image and works to free her father make the book
heavy on the emotional side and made me want to finish it.
Readers who enjoy a little mystery with
their romance, and who donít mind a flawed hero, will enjoy
Gentlemen Behaving Badly.