Just another GR refugee. Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.
A Talent for Trickery is a historical romance with a Victorian setting (1871, I believe), and unlike many with that era's setting, it thankfully doesn't have a girl in a Regency dress, c. 1815, on the cover.
It features strongly a trope I've certainly seen before, but in science fiction and fantasy, rather than historical romance: the base under siege. Perhaps the classic TV form of a "base under siege" story is many a Dr. Who serial, both Old and New Who. (From "Web of Fear" and "Horror at Fang Rock" to "Dalek," "The Time of Angels," or "Mummy on the Orient Express," for example.) In literature you'll find it everywhere from The Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter and A Game of Thrones; but I don't see it so often in historical romance.
It certainly kept my attention while I was dealing with a bad bout of insomnia last night. (I got three hours of sleep. Luckily, I was able to take a long nap today.)