If you’ve been around Mommynificent for very long at all, you probably know that I consider Chautona Havig one of my favorite authors. I’m always amazed at her versatility as an author and how she can seemingly effortlessly switch from one genre to another.
I recently had the opportunity to review a complimentary ARC of the second book in her period mystery series Meddlin’ Madeline. Such a Tease is an excellent addition to this series, building on the characters and themes introduced in the first book Sweet on You, which I highly recommend you read before this one. You can see my review of Sweet on You here or you can pick it up for just 99 cents at Amazon!
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About Meddlin’ Madeline Such a Tease
Title: Such a Tease
Author: Chautona Havig
Series: Meddlin’ Madeline Mysteries, Book 2 (of a projected 6)
Publication Date: March 21, 2017
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Print Length: 299 pages
Summary from the author:
Madeline, with a little assistance, discovers her old adversary is gaining a following in Rockland! Can she expose him for the fraud she’s sure he is?
In book two of the Meddlin’ Madeline series, Madeline Brown has a new endeavor to occupy her time. But is it to keep her out of the way or a reward for her work in Sweet on You? With the help of her young friends, Madeline discovers her old adversary is gaining a following in Rockland! What’s a girl to do?
However, her new position also gives her opportunities to observe, and what she sees sets more than one new investigation in motion. What does her old suitor, Delbert Jackson, know? Why is Mr. Merton giving important papers to that scoundrel, Vernon Smythe, and whatever happened to poor Abigail Cooper?
Add to these intriguing questions Henry Hardwick’s continued attentions, Edith’s newfound devotion to the temperance movement and Madeline’s determination to find her a more reliable suitor, and strange behavior from her Aunt Louisa and things heat up as summer fades from Rockland.
Unfortunately, her dear friend, Russell, busy with an important project at work, finds himself unable to help keep her out of trouble and away from danger. Is Madeline going too far? Will her meddling get her in serious trouble this time, will it destroy her reputation irreparably, or will she rid Rockland of a scoundrel once and for all?
I found this book to be thoroughly engaging and even more entertaining than the first book in the series (which I really enjoyed.) I had a very hard time putting this book down and was up late several nights in a row reading it.
My favorite thing about this book was how accurate it was regarding the time period. I was able to completely lose myself in this era with these characters with no glaring historical errors jolting me back to the present. I loved how so many of the characters from the first book grew in character and complexity in this one.
I did have a few believability issues with how some of the characters acted, particularly with regards to so many people trusting Mr. Smythe despite all that ensued in the first book, but I have believability issues with real life people trusting those who’ve proven themselves untrustworthy as well so there you go.
My only other complaint is the epilogue. I found it was far too long, and rather than simply wrapping things up, it introduced a new situation with a lot of complexity and then gave it a quick resolution that I found entirely unsatisfactory. I think that, even though it feels resolved, this situation must come up more in the next book so I assume the author was using it as a bridge to the next installment, but if I had it to do again and knew what I know now, I’d wait to read the epilogue until book 3 comes out because I’m the kind of reader who wants things all wrapped up and happy at the end of a book. But if you like having the proverbial pot stirred to whet your appetite for the next book, you might love the epilogue.
All in all, I’m really enjoying what the author is doing with the characters in this series. I love watching Madeline grow, complete with lots of starts and stops, successes and failures. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!