Dunnett, Dorothy. Caprice and Rondo. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998.
Reason read: to continue the series started in August in honor of Dunnett’s birth month.
It is now the winter of 1474 and Nicholas de Fluery is still married to Gelis. While they are still somewhat estranged they still partner to raise their son, Jordan. Their biggest problem is Nicholas keeps wracking up the enemies, making it difficult to protect his wife and son. He’s off in Poland questioning his next moves while Gelis is digging up the dirt on Nicholas’s past. Does this new information hurt or help her marriage?
In this particular installment of the House of Nicollo series, puzzles are the underlying theme.
I have to admit, I am getting a little sick of Nicholas. He has switched allegiances so many times even his friends do not trust him. His relationship with women is getting tiresome as well. The good news is that someone within his circle betrays him badly enough that it leads to the reconciliation with Gelis. By the end of Caprice and Rondo they have joined forces to support one another.
Author fact: Dunnett was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Library of Scotland.
Book trivia: this is the penultimate book in the series and sets up the final act of identity for Nicholas as he believes he is a surviving twin.
Nancy said: Pearl said nothing specific about Caprice and Rondo.
BookLust Twist: from More Book Lust in the chapter called “Digging Up the Past Though Fiction” (p 79).