Melisande / It Began in Vauxhall Gardens - scandal behind the story?
I believe Sarah has asked me about this at one point -- what real life scandal was the story based on? Anyone have a clue or guess?
"The fictionalized account of one of 19th-century England's most notorious scandals, by one of Britain's premier historical novelists. In this story, so full of excitement and mystery that it would seem incredible fiction if it were not based on real life, Jean Plaidy has created a fascinating portrait of one woman's tragic life."
"A nineteenth century story based on a true crime in which a young woman is driven to murdering a man she loathes."
I haven't read the story, but maybe it has parallels to Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem?