"'Your port, Lady Ashton, is worthy of its reputation.'
'I wasn't aware that it had a reputation.'
'Oh, yes. Your scandalous habit of taking it after dinner is a favorite topic of conversation at my club. The members are divided on how a gentleman should react when a lady refuses to retire to the drawing room. Many insist that it would be better to forsake the beverage entirely than to encourage the corruption of a viscount's widow. However, when faced with your most excellent cellar, it's difficult for a fellow to stand by his principles.'" (p 16)
I found this sequel enjoyable but not as good as the previous one. These books are not quite mysteries - they are more in the nature of romantic Victorian thrillers. I like them pretty well. My chief disappointment with this book has to do with the lack of an appendix, such as I seem to recall the first one having, explaining what in the book was true and false from a historical point of view. My chief enjoyment was the way that the main character grew throughout the book. Three stars.