Thursday, December 16, 2021

The Debutante's Code by Erica Vetsch (Review and Giveaway!)

This was a fun, lighthearted mystery book by one of my favorite authors. If you like Regency mysteries, be sure to enter the giveaway!

Book Details:

Title: The Debutante's Code by Erica Vetsch
Category: Adult Fiction, 320 pages
Genre: Historical Mystery, Historical Romance
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Release date: December 7, 2021
Content rating: PG

Book Description:

Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes in this new Regency mystery series

Newly returned from finishing school, Lady Juliette Thorndike is ready to debut in London society. Due to her years away, she hasn't spent much time with her parents and sees them only as the flighty, dilettante couple the other nobles love. But when they disappear, she discovers she never really knew them at all. They've been living double lives as government spies--and they're only the latest in a long history of espionage that is the family's legacy.

Now Lady Juliette is determined to continue their work. Mentored by her uncle, she plunges into the dangerous world of spies. From the glittering ballrooms of London to the fox hunts, regattas, and soirees of country high society, she must chase down hidden clues, solve the mysterious code her parents left behind, and stay out of danger. All the while, she has to keep her endeavors a secret from her best friend and her suitors--not to mention the nosy, irritatingly handsome Bow Street runner, who suspects her of a daring theft.

Can Lady Juliette outwit her enemies and complete her parents' last mission?

Best-selling author Erica Vetsch is back with a rollicking, exciting new series destined to be a hit with Regency readers who enjoy a touch of mystery in their love stories. Fans of Julie Klassen, Sarah Ladd, and Anne Perry will love the wit, action, and romance.

Click here to read an excerpt.

My Review
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

After reading the three books of the Serendipity and Secrets series and loving them, I was excited to learn of Vetsch's new Regency Mystery series. And I was not disappointed! This was a fun, lighthearted mystery book.

Lady Juliette Thorndike returns from finishing school in Switzerland after seven years. Her life changes drastically when she discovers her parents missing because of their work as government spies. Suddenly, she is navigating her debut into society all while trying to solve the code that will save her parents. Juliette is thrust into the world of espionage, art theft, and budding romantic feelings for Daniel Swann, a Bow Street runner who seems to always be a step behind her. But Lady Juliette is high society while Daniel is not, so is there even a future for them?

There were several mysteries in this novel, and this kept the story interesting throughout. Never a dull moment, it was action-filled and a great start to this new series. I liked both Juliette and Daniel's characters as they used their quick wits to solve parts of the mystery that affected their lives. I have to admit the theme of espionage and Christian morality did not always mix well. Spies commit actions that are clearly against moral standards even if they are done in the name of the Crown! 

But apart from this, this was a great book to escape into. There is a more serious theme that runs through the novel, that of parental abandonment, which may be explored to a greater degree in the second installment, Millstone of Doubt, along with some minor unresolved plot threads. I also look forward to seeing how the author will develop the relationship between our heroine and the young policeman she is attracted to.

If you like Regency mysteries, art, espionage, clean stories, and well-written novels, this one will keep you well entertained.

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About the Author:

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.

Vetsch is the author of many novellas and novels, including the popular Serendipity & Secrets Regency series and the new Thorndike & Swann Regency Mystery series

Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.

Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor), Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).

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