When the Poor Relation Hotel runs out of money, Eliza Budley plans to steal the fortune of the Marquess of Peterhouse—who is reported to be ailing. But she finds the Marquess is far from sickly—and makes a most unexpected proposal.
With the Poor Relation Hotel in London losing money, Eliza Budley visits the rich, reputedly ailing Marquess of Peterhouse disguised as a relative in order to swipe his jewels, but the handsome, healthy Marquess forces her to reveal herself.
M. C. Beaton
M. C. Beaton is the pen name of bestselling novelist Marion Chesney. She is a prolific writer of historical romances and small village mysteries. Born in Scotland, the author began her writing career as a fiction buyer for a Glasgow bookstore and has worked as a theater critic, newspaper reporter, and editor.
The author has written under various names, most notably as M. C. Beaton for her Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin series. She also has written under the names Sarah Chester, Helen Crampton, Ann Fairfax, Marion Gibbons, Jennie Tremaine, and Charlotte Ward.
The author lived in the United States, but now splits her time between the Cotswolds, England and Paris, France.