23 October 2018

A Regency Mystery-Romance for the Holidays | A Duel for Christmas by Rosanne E. Lortz


After seven long years in Devon, Lady Maud Worlington returns to London to reclaim life on her own terms, but a nefarious shadow and the prospect of financial ruin dog her steps. An impulsive and unforgettable kiss under the mistletoe creates a connection with Geoffrey, the handsome, young Duke of Tilbury. Yet as pleasant as it is to have a suitor, Maud is not sure how a boy of one-and-twenty can prove an equal partner in life and the equal of all the forces mounted against her.

The Duke of Tilbury considers himself as adept at managing matters as he is at swordplay, but his beautiful new acquaintance Lady Worlington has other ideas about how to manage her complicated life. Intrigued by their stolen kiss, Geoffrey pursues Lady Worlington’s affections, only to be foiled by the lady’s own doubts, by rivals for her hand, and by a sudden death that affects both their families. When Jacob Pevensey, the investigator from Bow Street enters the scene, the duke becomes a prime suspect in the murder case. Truths are unearthed that Geoffrey would rather keep hidden, and the twelve days of Christmas race toward a perilous end.

Publisher: Madison Street Publishing
Release Date: October 1, 2018



The third of Rosanne E. Lortz’s Pevensey Mysteries (but can easily be read as a standalone), A Duel for Christmas takes readers into Regency London for a holiday story of romance and mystery. Over the course of the twelve days of Christmas, the twists and turns unfold at a suspenseful pace, and I enjoyed it. Keeping me further engaged, the main characters are entirely likeable, capturing my imagination and drawing me into the problems and tension of their lives. An overall delightful historical mystery-romance, A Duel for Christmas is a great book to pick up this time of year—if you love history, romance, and mystery, check it out. 

Thanks to Celebrate Lit, I received a complimentary copy of A Duel for Christmas and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Rosanne E. Lortz is a writer, editor, teacher, history-lover, and mom to four boys. She loves to read, sing, draw, compose, write, and create. Education is one of her passions, particularly a classical, liberal arts education. She has taught English composition and grammar, Latin, history, music, and various other subjects for ten years at both the elementary and secondary level and is currently the Director of Academics and Admissions at Paideia Classical Christian School in Gladstone, Oregon.

Rosanne’s first book, I Serve: A Novel of the Black Prince, released in 2009. This book explores the tumultuous landscape surrounding the Hundred Years’ War and the Black Death and is a tale of arms, of death, of love, and of honor. In 2015, Rosanne began her Pevensey mysteries, novels of romantic suspense set during the British Regency (with inspiration from medieval characters and events). The first three titles are: To Wed an Heiress, The Duke’s Last Hunt, and A Duel for Christmas.


The year is 1120. The place is the English Channel. A ship puts off from the French port. The passengers have been drinking, far too heavily. A submerged rock shatters the hull of the ship. The vessel goes down into the watery depths, and with it the heir to the English throne.

This incident from Medieval history was the inspiration for my Regency novel, A Duel for Christmas. Set in the early 1800s, the novel has a dash of suspense, a few tablespoons of murder mystery, and a heaping cup of sweet romance all blended together to make the perfect holiday read.

Lady Maud Worlington has just returned to London, determined to reclaim life on her own terms, but when an impulsive and unforgettable kiss creates a connection with Geoffrey, the Duke of Tilbury, she must decide if he can prove an equal partner in life and the equal of all the forces mounted against her. A watery death, financial ruin, and a nefarious shadow from the past dog their steps as the Twelve Days of Christmas race toward a perilous end.


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  1. This sounds like a great book, I love the cover it's very regal.

  2. Thanks for the kind review!

  3. Thank you for your review on "A Duel for Christmas" by Rosanne E. Lortz and for being part of the book tour.

    I'd love the opportunity to read this book which is on my TBR list. Love the cover!
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