At twenty-three and a bluestocking to boot, Miss Lavender Brabant feels her chances of marriage have passed her by. But the problem isn't that she's never met a man to make her pulse race. It's that she's an admiral's daughter — and the man of her dreams is a shopkeeper's son.
Barnabas Hammond has the looks and confidence to mingle with all circles of society. And to Lavender's amazement he is both well-read and a superlative swordsman. Could it be that this unlikely suitor is more suitable than he at first appears?
A young woman disappears. A husband is suspected of murder. Stirring times for all the neighborhood. A book in the Steepwood Scandal series - a publisher's series.