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Amid the treachery of war and the whirl of revelry, no one is what they seem…Nights filled with lavish balls…lush, bucolic afternoons…. Removed to glamorous Brussels in the wake of Napoleon’s escape from Elba, Intelligence Agent Malcolm Rannoch and his wife, Suzanne, warily partake in the country’s pleasures. But with the Congress of Vienna in chaos and the Duke of WellingAmid the treachery of war and the whirl of revelry, no one is what they seem…Nights filled with lavish balls…lush, bucolic afternoons…. Removed to glamorous Brussels in the wake of Napoleon’s escape from Elba, Intelligence Agent Malcolm Rannoch and his wife, Suzanne, warily partake in the country’s pleasures. But with the Congress of Vienna in chaos and the Duke of Wellington preparing for battle, the festivities are cut short when Malcolm is sent on a perilous mission that unravels a murderous world of espionage…No one knows what the demure and respectable Lady Julia Ashton was doing at the château where Malcolm and a fellow British spy were ambushed. But now her enigmatic life has been ended by an equally mysterious death. And as the conflict with Napoleon marches toward Waterloo, and Brussels surrenders to bedlam, Suzanne and Malcolm will be plunged into the search for the truth—revealing an intricate labyrinth of sinister secrets and betrayal within which no one can be trusted…...

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Imperial Scandal Reviews

  • Misfit
    2019-02-14 04:42

    The setting: Brussels, Belgium June 1815. Napoleon and his army are on the march, and Brussels is a hot bed of spies and double spies, along with a murder mystery to be solved by English diplomat Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. I really don't want to say much more about the story than this, because 1) you don't want to be spoiled and 2) it's way too complicated to try to explain without a tl;dr review.Imperial Scandal is the next book following events at the Congress of Vienna in Vienna Waltz, with Malcolm and Suzanne once again playing detective. In this book, the relationship between this pair who married as strangers continues to grow, and Suanne now finds herself with quite a pickle on her hands when a big twist is revealed (I did not see that coming!). Complications ahoy for future books in this series.The cast of characters is a bit complicated (there's an awful lot of brothers marrying sisters and other inter-family relationships going on, Grant does provide a list of them at the front if you've a need to refer back (kind of awkward with a digital book - should have had a second device with the list open next to me). All in all a very good mystery, plus the historical setting (Waterloo!) and a healthy dollop of romance as Malcolm and Suzanne's relationship continues to grow (the sex is very low-key and behind doors). This series is a bit difficult to track down the reading order (on GR it is listed by date of publication), but you can also find an FAQ on the author's website here. So far I'm sticking with the Kensington titles published more recently, and then will backtrack to the older titles since they appear to take place later than the Kensington Books. While His Spanish Bride is the first in chronological order, I would not recommend reading that prior to finishing this book. There be spoilers.Kindle copy obtained via library loan.

  • Lynn Spencer
    2019-02-15 03:06

    Another strong book in the Rannoch series. I love reading about Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. The ebb and flow of their marriage is at least as interesting as the mysteries they untangle.This book is set immediately before and during the Battle of Waterloo. Not surprisingly, tensions run high and Grant paints a fascinating picture of diplomatic balls juxtaposed with murder and intrigue. As the book opens, the apparently respectable Lady Julia Ashton is killed at a chateau where Malcolm and a fellow spy are ambushed. Her death raises a number of questions, not the least of which would be why was she there in the first place? Malcolm is tasked with untangling the mystery, and so begins a story that is quite the page-turner for the most part.As with her other books, Grant creates a universe where her fictional characters interact seamlessly with actual historical figures. In some ways, this can be difficult reading because she has a way of making one care for the real people as much as the invented ones on occasion. Why is this difficult, you ask? Well, you try being the one to explain that you're bawling over someone who died 200+ years ago.If you like historical romance or historical mystery, you will likely enjoy Imperial Scandal quite a bit. The solution to the mystery involved a giant pile-on of coincidences that went beyond my ability to suspend disbelief at times, but I still found this a very enjoyable read.

  • Brenna
    2019-01-27 03:01

    I really enjoyed this sequel to The Vienna Waltz although I had the same problem with this one that I did with the last. I kept getting confused with who was who and some of the back stories but I didn't let it distract me from the overall story.

  • Kay Webb
    2019-01-27 09:53

    on kindle; began 30 Mar 2012; finished in the early AM 1 Apr 2012I really enjoyed this new episode in the adventures of Malcolm/Charles and Suzanne/Melanie Rannoch/Frazer. This one is set in Brussels and its environs just before, during and just after the Battle of Waterloo. There is a murder to solve, espionage to contend with, personal relationship complications to resolve, and THE BATTLE. Grant performs a masterful balancing act of presenting scenes from different characters' perspectives on the battlefield and in the city. Malcolm and Suzanne deepen their bond, even though she is more torn than ever by her divided loyalties to the French Republican cause and to her husband. David and Simon face a challenge from their different backgrounds. New couple to the series, Harry and Cordelia Davenport begin to repair their marriage, broken by her infidelity. This is an engrossing read.

  • Mary B. Grove
    2019-02-01 10:00

    Intricately plotted and quite well-writtenAll of Grant's books are worth reading, despite the unmitigated gall of her latest publisher in forcing her to alter the main characters' names partway through the series. The characters are complex human beings in emotionally trying situations, and the focus is on the cost of speaking truth and the inherent unknowability of the people we think we know. The author is miles better than most historical mystery/romance novelists, and I recommend her work highly. On another note: I've read a number of people commenting that they believe the Charles+Melanie/Malcolm+Suzanne series should be read in publication order. The problem with that is how many spoilers you get stuck with. Grant's website gives the chronological order for the first few books: His Spanish Bride, Vienna Waltz, Imperial Scandal, Paris Affair, Beneath a _____ Moon, Secrets of a Lady/A Daughter of the Game, Mask of ___.

  • Noodles78
    2019-01-30 08:51

    So second book could have been the difficult one, number one sets the tone introduces the characters and lets you discover the time/place/feeling. What can number two bring to the feast? A whole lot of intrigue, scandal, death and more shocking plot-turners if this book is anything to go by!I even had to put he book down is confusion at one point, but don't worry, this only lasted for about 5 mins until I had to find out what happened next. I love how complex the characters are, how just because a couple are married, it doesn't have to mean that they get the 'Moonlighting' ending (google if your not sure. Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd. Amazing until they got together, then Meh.), they are twisted and full of surprises but still love each other. Brilliant.Cannot wait until book three comes out.

  • Li
    2019-01-30 08:37

    Reading this right after Vienna Waltz meant I actually remembered who was who, which in turn meant that it was a lot easier to follow the plot, which was a good old-fashioned whodunnit. I loved the historical detail and how the feel of the times was portrayed, especially the frenetic gaiety of the last days leading up to the War. The secondary romance really worked for me, but then again, I'm a sucker for angst. There's betrayal galore and a very complex web of relationships, and I love how Teresa Grant doesn't take the easy route out when it comes to Malcolm and Suzanne - how is this going to end?

  • Angela
    2019-01-30 09:44

    Loved this mystery set against Brussels & Waterloo. Great history lesson, well plotted story that kept me guessing till the end - like an Agatha Christy, but with better characters & setting. Such interesting characters, with a twisting plot, secrets revealed, surprises, & more! I really enjoy this author and had ordered all her other books now.

  • Lynn Calvin
    2019-01-25 05:38

    really love this story of characters Suzanne and malcolm. they parallel but arent quite Melanie and Charles of Daughter of the Game/ Secrets of a Lady,which I consider one of the best books I have ever read.

  • Julie
    2019-01-23 02:55

    There were so many characters in this book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the mystery, but the historical references to the Battle of Waterloo and the complicated relationship between the main characters was fascinating.

  • Bridget
    2019-01-23 06:56

    I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Vienna Waltz. The plot twists made me dizzy, & I loved the account of the Battle of Waterloo. The hardest part was keeping track of who was with whom, and what side they were on. Great book, hope there is a third!

  • Sarah
    2019-01-28 06:49

    Interesting twist, but I'm getting a little tired of the ham-fisted, "if he only knew" "she was still keeping secrets."

  • TJ
    2019-01-25 06:43

    3.5/5.0Very honest but cynical view of regency era relationships couched in a mystery.For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online, April 2012 issue.

  • Foggygirl
    2019-01-27 03:38

    The political and romantic machinations were enough to make your head spin but still a very entertaining read.

  • Alice
    2019-02-09 03:53

    Aweome book and series. Love the setting, indepth plot and characters. Highly recommend

  • Patti
    2019-02-10 09:00

    I enjoyed it very much. There was a major plot twist in the middle that shocked me. I'll be interested to see the fallout of that in future books!

  • Betty Strohecker
    2019-01-29 06:03

    On the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, a shocking murder takes place, and Malcolm Rannoch is ordered to investigate, by none other than the Duke of Wellington. Gathered in Brussels awaiting Napoleon's next move, British and Dutch-Belgian forces are still engaged in balls and other society events as tension begins to mount. When Malcolm leaves a ball for a clandestine meeting with a French double agent, their meeting is interrupted by gunfire, killing the agent, who warns his cover has been blown. Col. Harry Davenport arrives at just that moment, and he and Malcolm see lights in the vacant chateau where their meeting occurred. Inside the chateau they discover the body of Lady Julia Ashton on a balcony, still dressed in her ball gown. Harry identifies her as his sister-in-law and wife of one of Wellington's officers. Thus the investigation begins into Julia's reason for being where she was murdered and also whether the attack was really intended to be on Malcolm.Where to begin with my thoughts on this review? There is so much in this novel - murder, mystery, intrigue, approaching war. Teresa Grant continues her narrative of Malcolm and Suzanne, his wife and able co-investigator, placing them at the scene of one of history's most decisive battles. Real and fictional personnages are blended together in this exciting and suspenseful novel. We see such people as the Duke of Wellingotn and Prince of Orange, both well-known to the fictional Malcolm. As a spy and investigator, Malcolm moves among the most important and powerful figures as well as prostitutes and innkeepers. Suzanne is equally up to the challenge, even as she hides her most important secret from the husband she has come to love - a secret so devastating that it could mean the end of her marriage and the life she has carved out after being a victim in the Peninsular Wars. For followers of the series, we meet old acquaintances such as Dr. Geoffrey Blackwell, battlefield doctor and Malcolm's uncle, and his wife Aline, married in the previous book, Sir Chalres Stuart, British Ambassador, and Malcolm's longtime friend David Mallinson. Intriguing new characters from Malcolm's youth and past are major parts of the action, including the Chase brothers, Lady Julia's sister Cordelia, and Captain John Ashton. As Malcolm, Suzanne, and Harry Davenport investigate this murder and prepare for war, they face numerous challenges requiring them to delve deeply into the lives of all of these personages. I particularly love the descrptions of the historical events of the time and the feeling of being right there in a real moment of history. Grant is a masterful, engaging storyteller. The research to write this novel must have taken tremendous work. Welldone!

  • Paul Burnette
    2019-02-16 07:02

    I am amazed each Teresa Grant book I read! This author is a story teller. This writer tells intricate, subtly nuanced mysteries. This writer creates character with pzazz and with poignant back-stories whose brilliance and aplomb are simply amazing. I mean, some writers will TELL you how great their characters are, but Ms Grant SHOWS you. We see them, hear them, even smell and sometimes taste them, and we know we’d love to touch them. Then we realize THEY have touched US. Touched us at the root of our hopes, the base of our fears. We don’t wish we had been there in the days leading up to, during, and following the battle at Waterloo: Grant has PUT US THERE! Just like Cordelia at the end, I say I don’t deserve such brilliance in a novel for this reasonable price!! And I hear Suzanne’s laugh, “Deserve? . . . Dearest, haven’t you learned that no one gets what they deserve? Which is a very good thing for some of us.” Oh, what wonderful people to stand among! So thank you, Ms. Grant! This has been great! So, I’m going to go and dance with your Vienna Waltz! If Malcolm and Suzanne are as great there as here, I may just keep this up forever!

  • Danielle Gonzalez
    2019-01-26 02:44

    This book begins at a ball in Brussels just prior to a battle with Napoleon in Waterloo. As society is dancing, Malcolm leaves to meet with a contact at an empty house. The meeting is interrupted by Harry Davenport who tells Malcolm his cover is in jeopardy. Gunfire erupts, and at the end of the skirmish, Harry and Malcolm are surprised to find Lady Julia Asthton dead, a victim of the gunfire. This raises big questions about why she was there. Malcolm and Harry investigate together and uncover more than they thought. This book keeps the reader engaged as more and more characters are introduced and their relationships with each other intertwine. Suzanne is there to assist her husband with the investigation, and Harry sees his estranged wife for the first time in 4 years, who happens to also be the sister of the dead Lady Julia. I was intrigued with the characters, the suspense, and the historical references. This is a book that will keep the reader captivated to the very end.

  • Edina Rutland
    2019-01-26 03:41

    The book was just as fascinating as the previous one in the series. The first I read was Beneath a Silent Moon which really captivated me. Since then I have tried to follow chronological order going back to His Spanish Bride and move my way forward into the Malcolm/Suzanne story. I like historical novels, and Ms. Grant has an easy-to-follow and endearing style. The only thing I miss is character development. This is the fourth book I have read in this series, and I am not sure I understand or know Malcolm better now than I did after the first book. Suzanne is a better developed; her motives are more easily understood but I have not yet figured out what to make of Malcolm. However, the book and the story certainly does not disappoint those who like the series.

  • Anissa
    2019-01-23 01:50

    The Rannoch's are back with a bit of mystery & romance in this fifth installment to the series. I liked this one as quite a lot. And unlike the last book, I did not have the culprit figured out this time, so it was even more fun to follow through to the reveal. As historical mysteries go, I have to say that what I've read is very good. Also, there's a healthy dose of society glitter to sate that particular penchant I have for gowns, balls, gossip & courtish intrigue. I probably will continue with the series but I probably will not be going to the beginning of the series straight away because I have other things in my to be read pile. That's no slight to Ms. Grant & only my need to mix it up as I read.

  • David Ebsworth
    2019-02-03 09:54

    Lots of characters. Lots of plot twists. But this tale of espionage set against the background of Waterloo is also well-written. I’d never read Teresa Grant before but I’ll definitely look for more. I liked it because it paints the chaos of Brussels so well, as panic fills the streets with news of Napoleon’s march north. This is also an absorbing murder mystery which British spy Malcolm Rannoch and his wife, Suzanne, must attempt to solve. Towards the end of all this, in the final chapters, Malcolm becomes embroiled in the Battle of Waterloo itself, basically acting as a courier for Wellington – and therefore providing a handy point of view from which to detail the conflict. And Teresa Grant does that very well indeed!

  • Val Sanford
    2019-01-23 03:55

    Intensity and suspense pull this mystery forward. The Allied Forces are dancing before the battle of Waterloo begins. Wellington and the Prussians and the Belgians are dancing before the battle. A young woman is murdered; murdered in a place she should never have been. Suzanne and Malcom once again must peel back facades and half-truths and in doing so, uncover treason and cowardice. This book explores deception and betrayal in a much darker way then her first book. I wanted to race ahead and get to the end so the tension would be over, no matter the outcome. Fun.

  • Sue
    2019-02-14 08:04

    I liked parts of it, but found it overall jumbled and too many characters and funny little twists. I didn't seem to have much sympathy for Suzanne and Malcolm this time, as they seemed to be just a means of forwarding the plot rather than compelling characters in their own right. Drat. And I was sooooo looking forward to this. Of course I will read the next one, but with maybe a bit of a shrug instead with relish. Mainly I was liking Cordelia the best. Se seemed to have the most personality. Third time's a charm?? Hope so!

  • Sylvia Abrams
    2019-02-20 06:46

    This historical novel weaves real and fictional characters around the Battle of Waterloo. Grant tries to rise above the typical romance novel. She creates a mystery of murder and espionage that engages the reader in plot twists. I liked most of the character types, except for Suzanne. I thought her past was too convoluted for her to conceal successfully from Malcom, her husband and a gifted intelligence agent. Nevertheless, I would love to meet the characters in other novels. Grant has the makings of a fine writer.

  • Krista
    2019-02-18 02:07

    Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch investigate a mysterious death in the days leading up to Waterloo. Fast-paced and exciting; in the last chapters of the book, the author definitely brought the battle, with all its conflict and confusion, to hectic life. The heightened emotion as Suzanne discovers where her true loyalties lay - with her husband - made this among Grant's best.

  • Leena
    2019-02-18 03:37

    Although I love historical fiction, I had to struggle to finish this one. The parts about the actual battle was interesting, but the narrative else where is hard to sit through and the writing style is labored. I think there are far better writers in this genre, who can grip the reader from the first page.

  • Niffer
    2019-01-30 08:45

    I was not as enthused about this one as I have been about the others. I felt like it was almost getting farcical as more and more secret affairs came out. The ending was also really weak--I didn't find the ultimate explanation of the mystery to really work with the rest of the story.The scenes of the Battle of Waterloo, and Brussels during the battle, were overall well done, though.

  • Cathie
    2019-02-08 02:46

    I'm really enjoyed Tracy Grant's Imperial Scandal. Set during the time leading up to Bonapart's defeat at Waterloo. It was exciting and on the edge, never knowing what would be uncovered next. Brava!

  • Wendy Menninger
    2019-02-04 09:56

    Good mystery; with a really touching story of wartime Brussels. Frustrated at the heroine's not ending things with her spymaster, but still conducting business with him, and her disloyalty to her husband and friends.