Such a Tease (Meddlin’ Madeline Book 2) by Chautona Havig

Publisher’s Summary

Madeline, with a little assistance, discovers her old adversary is gaining a following in Rockland! Can she expose him for the fraud she’s sure he is?

In book two of the Meddlin’ Madeline series, Madeline Brown has a new endeavor to occupy her time. But is it to keep her out of the way or a reward for her work in Sweet on You? With the help of her young friends, Madeline discovers her old adversary is gaining a following in Rockland! What’s a girl to do?

However, her new position also gives her opportunities to observe, and what she sees sets more than one new investigation in motion. What does her old suitor, Delbert Jackson, know? Why is Mr. Merton giving important papers to that scoundrel, Vernon Smythe, and whatever happened to poor Abigail Cooper?

Add to these intriguing questions Henry Hardwick’s continued attentions, Edith’s newfound devotion to the temperance movement and Madeline’s determination to find her a more reliable suitor, and strange behavior from her Aunt Louisa and things heat up as summer fades from Rockland.

Unfortunately, her dear friend, Russell, busy with an important project at work, finds himself unable to help keep her out of trouble and away from danger. Is Madeline going too far? Will her meddling get her in serious trouble this time, will it destroy her reputation irreparably, or will she rid Rockland of a scoundrel once and for all?

My Review

Madeline is now stretching her wings in book two of the Meddlin’ Madeline series. She has taken a job as a bank teller, a job some feel, as a woman, she has no business doing. Others are thankful it will keep her out of trouble. Well, they just don’t know Madeline very well!

Such A Tease picks up not long after Sweet on You (see review here).  Even though you could read it without reading the first book, I feel you will get more out of book two if you read book one first. In Sweet on You, the cast of characters and the investigative skills of Madeline appear.

I love Madeline; she’s spunky, sassy, outspoken and virtually fearless. She sees something unusual or disconcerting, and she “teases” it like a dog with a bone, until she figures it out. She also has a deep abiding faith, surprising herself sometimes with how much she believes.

Chautona Havig has a keen imagination and a wicked sense of humor spilling into her stories, making them a delight to read. Her attention to detail and obvious research into the era she’s writing about lend a richness to her books that makes you eager for the next installment.

I received this book from Celebrate Lit. However, I was under no obligation to write a review.

Such a Tease was part of this blog tour, but due to illness, I had not read it, and I was unable to do a review in the time for the tour.


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