Zettel, Sarah Dangerous Deceptions (Palace of Spies, #2), 371 pgs. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. $17.99 Content: Language: PG-13 (8 swears, 3 almost “F”); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13.
Peggy is a maid of honor in the courts of the Prince and Princess of Wales, but she is more than meets the eye because she is a spy keeping an eye on the unrest with the Jacobians who are trying to unseat the king. After the first book, Peggy has gained some experience and is enjoying her position, but the past comes back to haunt her in the form of her betrothed Sebastian. Sebastian has treated Peggy poorly in the past, and Peggy’s heart belongs to Matthew, but will Sebastian’s family be able to blackmail Peggy into marriage, or will Peggy uncover the plot on her and her family.
Peggy is a fun heroine to follow. She uses her intellect to figure out ways to outsmart the political plots throughout the book. There isn’t a lot of depth to the character development, but the story moves along quickly and you can’t help but cheer for Peggy. The mature content is the threat of Peggy being sold to a whorehouse and the language is the use of the F---, which is too similar to saying the real word.
MS, HS-ADVISABLE. Reviewer, C. Peterson.