Meet the Kinsey Family.
UNMASKING LADY HELEN is book 1 in my latest Regency series.
A diverse and interesting amount of research was required for this story, which is always way too much fun. Lord Kinsey, the patriarch of the family is an eccentric, intrepid explorer, spending a good deal of time investigating ancient libraries and tombs in Egypt and returning with fascinating artefacts, and even a sarcophagus. It was necessary for me to delve into Ancient Egyptian science and technology for his discoveries.
Writing book one, UNMASKING LADY HELEN also took me into the realms of art forgery, poisons, and famous gardens, like those of Capability Brown.
There are five Kinsey children. Hector (Harry to his friends), Helen, Diana, Tobias (Toby) and the baby of the family, Alexander (Zander).
Here’s a little about Book 1 and a snippet.
Sometimes the biggest risk we take is with our hearts.
At twenty-four, Lady Helen Kinsey has her future carefully mapped out. A life of gentle quietude in the country caring for her unmarried brothers and walking with her dog. It does not include marriage, a dream she banished after her first Season. But when a handsome earl enters Kinsey House in London on a mission to find out why their footman was poisoned, she finds herself drawn into solving the mystery. And despite resistance on her part worthy of an army maneuver, she is irresistibly drawn to the earl himself.
After Whitehall receives a letter warning of a plot against the Crown, Jason, Captain Lord Peyton, is sent to investigate. Surely the famous explorer, Lord Lawrence Kinsey could not be behind it. He is engrossed in roaming ancient libraries and tombs in the East and bringing back their treasures for the museum. But after Peyton finds a fragment of a burned letter it appears that something dangerous lurks in Kinsey House, and Peyton becomes determined to keep the defenseless family safe, and one member particularly. Lady Helen has built a wall around herself and holds him at arm’s length. But arm’s length is not where Peyton wants to be.
As the mystery unfolds it becomes imperative for Peyton and Lady Helen to work together, very closely indeed.
Enjoy a snippet taken from when Lady Helen and Jason, Lord Peyton join forces late one night to investigate the murder of the Kinsey’s footman. It becomes necessary for them to squeeze into a very small space.
His hands vanished from where they’d rested on her diaphragm. “You know, you’re a very comfy armful, Lady Helen, if I might be so bold.”
“I think you’ve been quite bold enough.” She knew she sounded halfhearted. She could feel his chest shaking. He was laughing!
“I’m glad you find this amusing.”
“As do you,” he said with a chuckle.
“Perhaps a little,” she agreed, a quiver in her voice betraying her. “This has all been very silly. A terrible idea of yours.”
“I believe it was yours,” Peyton said.
“I intended to spend the night behind the sofa, you will remember.”
“As if I’d allow you to do a foolish thing like that.”
“You would have no say in it, sir.”
“No? You’re in here with me, though, aren’t you? Perhaps you prefer my company to the sofa’s?”
She huffed. “You are not making sense. It must be the lack of fresh air.” She began to wriggle forward. Once freed, she was sure she would think more clearly.
Peyton’s hands slid farther around to enclose her diaphragm, halting her progress. “You know, Lady Helen, you and I would make a good team.”
“Of detectives?” She paused, immediately caught by the suggestion.
I hope you enjoy the series.