One of the things I have enjoyed about reading the Church of England series is learning more about the actual Church of England. A Dean of a Cathedral is essentially the pastor of the Cathedral. In Scandalous Risks, Neville (Stephen) Aysgarth has risen from his role of Arch Deacon (assistant to the Bishop that oversees a geographical area of Churches) to the Dean of the Cathedral.
As Dean of one of the most prominent (fictional) Cathedrals in England Neville has risen to become one of the most powerful clergy in the Church of England. Unfortunately for him, the Bishop of Starbridge is now Charles Ashworth, Neville’s conservative rival.
But Scandalous Risks is not simply a continuation of Ultimate Prizes (#3). It is narrated by Venetia Flaxton. Young Venetia is 26, wandering around trying to find purpose in life. Her best friend, Primrose (daughter of Neville) draws her to Starbridge and Venetia finds a number of friends, a job working for the Bishop and eventually an affair with the Dean (Neville).