A review by louisv
Daring Duplicity, the Wellington Mysteries, Vol.1: Adventures of a Lesbian Victorian Detective, by Edale Lane

adventurous medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


 I received an advance review copy for free and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

“I’m nothing but the illegitimate daughter of an actress, who spends her life pretending to be other people.”

DARING DUPLICITY was a fun and quick read, with cosy mysteries and a hint of romance. I really enjoyed that the mysteries weren’t that complicated, since my braincells weren’t ready to take a full on mysteries where I had to remember every member. On the other hand, what happens when that is the case, is that the characters besides the main character felt easily flat to me, hence why I couldn’t bring to care for many of them. The motives of the crimes felt short to me due this reasoning, and the romance moved a bit too quick for my liking. 

Stetson herself is an interesting main character to follow in this case and I did like her. The backstory with her parents was a nice touch that tied well into the story. I also liked that all the short stories were connected with each other and that the issues one gave, kind of continued into the next one, making the book feel whole. The other side characters and her love interests, however, felt also a bit flat, but nevertheless, I could see why they would end up together. 

In the end, it was a fun and quick read with elements I needed at the time and fun characters that made sense in the story. I do wished we got more feelings and less telling and that when the case was done there was one quick talk and that was less, but I do understand the decisions made.