When Lady Celeste Beauchamp's life is cut tragically short, four intellectually gifted young women learn that Celeste has named them as heirs to her home and voluminous library. One of the women, Daphne Forsyth, who has a prodigious talent for numbers and riddles, receives something even more valuable. Celeste leaves her a coded message hinting at the location of the Cameron Cipher hidden somewhere in the library, the key to a fabulous treasure. Unfortunately for Daphne, word of the cipher's existence has leaked out and some rather nefarious characters are joining the hunt.
Celeste's nephew, Dalton Beauchamp, Duke of Maitland, is intrigued by Daphne. Her direct nature and clever mind pique his interest, and having her so near is temptation incarnate. As for Daphne, the wickedly handsome Dalton has her feeling oddly off balance as well, something her shrewd intellect is not at all used to. While the quest for the cipher heats up, so does their attraction as they follow Lady Celeste's clues to find the fabled treasure.
Collins second Studies in Scandal novel is a skillfully crafted riddle wrapped in an enigma. The plot unfolds like an adventure, blended with romance, humor, and even murder. Readers are lead on a labyrinth trail of cryptic clues all the way to the best treasure of all... the happily ever after. A fun and engaging read.