Lie by Moonlight by Amanda Quick (2005)
Description: Hired to tutor four orphaned girls at remote, ramshackle Aldwick Castle, Miss Concordia Glade is pleased to find her pupils both eager and bright. Indeed, they are bright enough to have noticed some oddities about their situation Provided for by an unseen benefactor, they are surrounded at all times by hard-eyed guards in the guise of gardeners - and their previous tutor, she learns, disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
Stepping into this uncertain atmosphere, Concordia sees at once what must be done. The plan is daring in scope and execution, but with the help of her four students, the great escape stands a good chance of success. Of course, even the best-laid plans can go awry... and even the most independent, strong-minded lady must occasionally accept an offer of help.
During an investigation into a woman's death, private inquiry agent Ambrose Wells finds himself on the castle grounds - and in the middle of chaos. The building is in flames,. People are dead. And a woman and four girls are feeling on horseback. A confirmed loner, Ambrose nevertheless finds himself taking Concordia and her students under his wing. His past has made them eminently suitable to protect them from the person behind the events at Aldwick Castle: a notorious London crime lord who will stop ant nothing to destroy those who know his secrets.
Review: An engaging story about a quick-witted governess and a man of mystery. There is also a fairly decent mystery to go along with the romance. I found it really an interesting read filled with much humor.
Score: 3.5 out of 5