Miss Sarah Tolerance is an Agent of Inquiry, a private investigator of sorts - the sole one of her kind in 1810 London. Her aim was to trace lost trinkets, send wastrel husbands back to their wives, and provide protection to persons with more money than sense-but she is continually drawn into the plots of others. Her newest case poses a puzzle unlike any she has faced before: who killed the Chevalier d'Aubigny? The French emigre was beaten to death in his own bed and found by his retainers the next morning, all the doors and windows sealed tight. It's a classic locked-room mystery, but Miss Tolerance knows she can find the key. As Miss Tolerance examines the situation, she realizes things are far more complicated than she originally suspected, for the Chevalier had far more enemies than he had friends. Her search for his killer takes her from the lowest brothels of the London underworld, where men go to indulge their more aggressive desires, to the Royal Family and a Duke who must hide his perversions or risk the Throne.
Madeleine E. Robins is certified as an actor combatant in rapier, quarterstaff, broadsword, and hand-to-hand fighting, and was a member of a troupe of actors who perform Shakespeare scenes with combat for high schools and Renaissance festivals. Madeleine is a New Yorker by birth, training, and inclination, but recently relocated to San Francisco, where she now lives with her husband (Emmy Award-winning sound editor Danny Caccavo), and their two daughters. She authored the "New York Times" Notable Book "The Stone War," several Regency romances, and many short stories. "Petty Treason" is her second novel to feature Miss Sarah Tolerance, Agent of Inquiry.