Since posting about Pink XI, The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, many of you have asked me why the Duke of Belliston sounds so familiar.
You’re not imagining things. Although we haven’t met the Duke of Belliston, we have heard about him before, way, way back in Pink II, The Masque of the Black Tulip (because you never know when some minor mention in the Pink books is going to pop back up!).
Lord Vaughn’s home is situated on the square named after the Belliston family, of which Belliston House is by far the largest house in the square (which you know just annoys Lord Vaughn no end). All we know about our duke, as of Black Tulip, is that he’s reclusive and never comes to London. Miles assumes it’s because the Duke is a sporting type who spends all of his time in the country.
Miles gets it all wrong.
(If it had been Henrietta’s internal monologue in Black Tulip, she would have been better informed. Because our Henrietta doesn’t like to let anything slip past her.)
We’re about to find out why the Duke of Belliston is so reclusive. And it has nothing to do with country pursuits….