Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday
Flashback Friday

Rainy Day Friends

Rainy Day Friends
Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis

Friday, June 22, 2018

FLASHBACK FRIDAY- Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James- Feature and Review


In 1919, Kitty Weekes, pretty, resourceful, and on the run, falsifies her background to obtain a nursing position at Portis House, a remote hospital for soldiers left shell-shocked by the horrors of the Great War. Hiding the shame of their mental instability in what was once a magnificent private estate, the patients suffer from nervous attacks and tormenting dreams. But something more is going on at Portis House—its plaster is crumbling, its plumbing makes eerie noises, and strange breaths of cold waft through the empty rooms. It’s known that the former occupants left abruptly, but where did they go? And why do the patients all seem to share the same nightmare, one so horrific that they dare not speak of it?

Kitty finds a dangerous ally in Jack Yates, an inmate who may be a war hero, a madman… or maybe both. But even as Kitty and Jack create a secret, intimate alliance to uncover the truth, disturbing revelations suggest the presence of powerful spectral forces. And when a medical catastrophe leaves them even more isolated, they must battle the menace on their own, caught in the heart of a mystery that could destroy them both.



 Silence For the DeadSilence For the Dead by Simone St. James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James is a 2014 NAL publication.

Haunting in more ways than one-

An old mansion converted into a medical facility for ‘shell-shocked’ soldiers is the perfect, atmospheric backdrop for a spooky ghost story. But, this book is more than just a chilling paranormal tale- it is a mystery, a story of friendship, and a sweet, poignant love story.

Porits House is the perfect place for a young woman on the run to hide out, and Kitty Weekes desperately needs a place to lay low. She falsifies her resume to find work as a nurse, but right away ‘Madam’ calls her out on it. But, her boss is very desperate for nurses, so much so, her own job is on the line. So, she allows Kitty to stay, despite her lack of training.

But, Kitty will soon discover she has her work cut out for her, not only with the men she is to care for, but with the house itself. Thankfully, she finds an unlikely ally in Jack Yates, a war hero, whose identity is being kept secret from the other patients, and most of the staff. As Kitty and Jack get to know one another, they begin unraveling a puzzling mystery involving the former owners of Portis House,and a strange evil force effecting the patients. While danger lurks around every corner, Jack and Kitty discover they are kindred spirits in many ways.

Naturally, as a huge fan of Gothic mysteries and romances, this book appealed to me on every level. I love historical settings, old crumbling mansions, and dangerous romantic elements. But, nothing is spookier than an old asylum, or hospital, and boy did this book have atmosphere!! The paranormal aspects are quite effective and despite the uplifting conclusion, it still leaves the reader feeling very unsettled, like a good ghost story should.

This is a very well- constructed mystery, with a terrific cast of characters, with a wonderfully sweet love story rounding things out. I only recently discovered Simone St. James, but she has left a big impression on me! I can’t wait to read more of her books!!!





Simone St. James is the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which won two prestigious RITA® awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada. She writes gothic historical ghost stories set in 1920s England, books that are known for their mystery, gripping suspense, and romance.

Simone wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school. She worked behind the scenes in the television business for twenty years before leaving to write full-time. She lives just outside Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis- Feature and Review


Following the USA Today bestselling author of Lost and Found Sisters comes Jill Shalvis' moving story of heart, loss, betrayal, and friendship

Six months after Lanie Jacobs’ husband’s death, it’s hard to imagine anything could deepen her sense of pain and loss. But then Lanie discovers she isn’t the only one grieving his sudden passing. A serial adulterer, he left behind several other women who, like Lanie, each believe she was his legally wedded wife. 

Rocked by the infidelity, Lanie is left to grapple with searing questions. How could she be so wrong about a man she thought she knew better than anyone? Will she ever be able to trust another person?  Can she even trust herself?

Desperate to make a fresh start, Lanie impulsively takes a job at the family-run Capriotti Winery. At first, she feels like an outsider among the boisterous Capriottis. With no real family of her own, she’s bewildered by how quickly they all take her under their wing and make her feel like she belongs. Especially Mark Capriotti, a gruffly handsome Air Force veteran turned deputy sheriff who manages to wind his way into Lanie’s cold, broken heart—along with the rest of the clan.

Everything is finally going well for her, but the arrival of River Brown changes all that. The fresh-faced twenty-one-year old seems as sweet as they come…until her dark secrets come to light—secrets that could destroy the new life Lanie’s only just begun to build.



 Rainy Day Friends (Wildstone, #2)Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis is a 2018 William Morrow Paperbacks publication.

Wow! The ‘feel good story’ of the year!

Have the tissues close by- this book will have you laughing and crying –often at the same time!!

“I’ve learned that life is a crapshoot, and at any moment someone can walk into it and change it forever”

When Lanie’s husband passed away, she discovered he was a polygamist. He had several other wives, in fact. Reeling from this revelation, and in desperate need for a fresh start, Lanie takes a job at the family run Capriotti Winery. Immediately the family embraces her like one of their own. But, Lanie is not exactly an outgoing ‘people person’.

Enter Mark Capriotti –

Air Force veteran Mark Capriotti left a better, more prestigious job, returning home to raise his twin daughters after his wife abandons them. His entire focus is on his girls, meaning he doesn’t have room in his life for anyone else. But, he employs a few special skills to draw Lanie out of her shell and has her feeling like a part of the family in no time.

But, While Mark has no trouble being very friendly and making nice with Lanie, he draws the line when it comes to sharing his heart….

“She needed to learn to keep her distance better around them. Especially Mark, because the man was one of those quiet troublemakers, she could tell- the kind that sneaked in under a woman’s guard and made himself at home. And then decimated her heart and soul….

However, Mark has nothing on Lanie. Compared to her predicament, anxiety, and frozen heart, he’s a warm -hearted teddy bear.

Enter, River Brown-

River arrives at the Capriotti Winery in a broken down crap car, very pregnant, all alone, and in desperate need of a place to stay and a job. Naturally, the Capriotti’s welcome her in, taking care of her immediate need for shelter and money. But, River is harboring some explosive secrets that will upend all the personal progress Lanie has made, jeopardizing her job , her relationship with Mark, his daughters, and the entire Capriotti family.

I loved this story!! LOVED IT!! Shalvis delivers one of the best, if not THE best contemporary romance novels of the year, so far.

Each chapter begins with quotes provided to us by Lanie, all which are very funny, but also very poignant. The quotes alone are worth reading the book for.

“The human body is 90 percent water, so basically we’re all just cucumbers with anxiety”

Each of the main characters have taken some serious emotional hits in their lives. No one person has it harder than the other from an emotional standpoint, each one facing monumental challenges due to the curve balls life threw at them, without warning.

The secondary characters are also faced with a few ready- made challenges that will tug at your heart. I do hope to hear a little more about these characters in the future- especially Mia!

“A spider just landed on my desk. Oh, and in other news, it turns out when I’m startled, I can jump five feet in the air with just the power of my butt cheeks”

But, the reader will find themselves pulling for every single character, which left me feeling very conflicted along the way, sometimes. But, this is just one of those stories that makes you think:

“This is how things should be”.

If we all somehow managed to look past our own pain, to consider what someone else is suffering through, to listen to people, help those who are going through a hard time- if we can forgive, and work towards a solution together, what amazing things we could all accomplish!!

If you need an inspirational story, this one is for you. If need a funny story- this book is for you. If you like a little steam with your romance- this book is for you. You love heartwarming tales?- this one is for you, too. In other words, this book is just an all- around great story and has a little something for everyone.

Highly recommend!!





New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit http://www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.






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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

MI5 and Me by Charlotte Bingham- Feature and Review

From the bestselling author comes a beguiling comic memoir about a young woman who discovers her father is a spy (and was the model for John le Carré's George Smiley) and goes to work as a secretary in 1950s MI5.It seems to me now that everyone who came to our house in those days was a spy... .

When Charlotte Bingham, daughter of an obscure aristocrat, was summoned to her father's office aged eighteen, she never expected to discover that this aloof, soberly-dressed parent was a spy. Even more ominous than The Facts was his suggestion that she should stop drifting around working for the sort of people her mother could never ask to dinner and get a proper job, something patriotic and worthwhile.

So Lottie finds herself outside MI5's Mayfair offices in a dreary suit, feeling naked without her false eyelashes. Miserably assigned to the formidable Dragon, Lottie wishes for pneumonia or anything to release her from the torment of typing. But as another secretary, the serene Arabella, starts illuminating the mysteries of MI5, and Lottie's home fills with actors doubling as spies, Lottie begins to feel well and truly spooked.

This hilarious memoir from the bestselling author of Coronet Among the Weeds is a window into 1950s Britain: a country where Russian agents infiltrate the highest echelons, where debutantes are typists and where Englishness is both a nationality and a code of behaviour. Discretion, honour and office politics meet secrecy, suspicion and film stars in this enchanting, extraordinary true story.




MI5 and Me: A Coronet Among the SpooksMI5 and Me: A Coronet Among the Spooks by Charlotte Bingham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

MI5 and Me: A Coronet Among the Spooks by Charlotte Bingham is a 2018 Bloomsbury publication.

Charlotte Bingham returns with another installment in her riotously funny memoirs-

Charlotte starts things off by sharing with readers how she found out her father was a secret agent with MI5. For those who may not be familiar with Charlotte’s background, her father was John Bingham, the 7th Baron of Clanmorris, and wrote detective novels. It is widely believed that John Le Carre patterned his character ‘George Smiley’ after Bingham.

After rather casually dropping his bombshell on eighteen- year- old Charlotte, he follows this up with the announcement that it is time for his daughter to get a job, and to that end, he has gotten her an interview at the MI5 offices, to work as a secretary.

This book chronicles Charlotte’s experiences working for MI5 and the world of espionage in the fifties and sixties, while the ‘war office’ keeps Britain safe from communists- perhaps taking themselves too seriously at times. The ‘lobster’ story is one for the ages and kept me on the edge of my chair.

Charlotte paints a zany characterization of her work life, and as with her previous memoirs, she has a way of pointing out absurdities and having a bit of fun with them. Her home life is every bit as enthralling as her work life. Her mother laments being on the fringes of the spy game, wishing her daughter wasn’t ‘one of them’, while actors come and go from the home, lured into a schemes to trick communist investors.

Charlotte’s writing style has changed over the years, of course. This book is much more stylish, but I must confess, I kind of miss those, ‘no really’ sentences. With something like forty novels under her belt, Charlotte's style may have matured, but the zaniness is still front and center. Satire, or memory lane? Maybe a bit of both?

Despite the subject matter, don’t expect a reverent or serious tone. This homage to the spy game, her father, and MI5, is related to the reader with plenty of wit, putting her own deliciously sly spin on things, and leaving the reader pondering on just how much insider knowledge they came away- if any.

I highly recommend this one to anyone who followed Charlotte's illustrious career as a writer, to anyone who enjoys humorous memoirs, or if you like books about cold war spies told with a fanciful flourish.

I am so happy I discovered Charlotte Bingham. She is an author that should have been on my radar years ago, but, somehow, I missed out her historical fiction. However, I intend to remedy that ASAP!! I'm also in search of the detective novels her father wrote- should be fun!!




Personal note: If you have Kindle Unlimited- check out Charlotte's first two installments in the 'Coronet" memoirs. They are short, written back when she was quite young, but they were still very funny and will give you a taste of Charlotte's background before starting this book- although it is NOT necessary to read them to enjoy this segment of Charlotte's memoirs. I just thought it was a fun thing to do and it did enhance my enjoyment of this book to some extent, having a better understanding of the author's humor, in advance.






Age 18 Charlotte Bingham wrote her globally bestselling autobiography CORONET AMONG THE WEEDS which catapulted her to fame. She consolidated her meteroic start by then becoming a world bestselling novelist, the author of over 36 novels as well as developing a successful writing partnership with her husband, Terence Brady. 

CHARLOTTE has won many prizes for her works, including the RNA award for her best seller A CHANGE OF HEART. She has a son and a daughter and two grandchildren and for the past 32 years has lived and worked in Somerset.

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Outsider by Stephen King- Feature and Review


An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.




The OutsiderThe Outsider by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Outsider by Stephen King is a 2018 Scribner publication.

Classic, quintessential King-

An eleven -year old boy is found brutally murdered and strong evidence points to Little League coach Terry Maitland. Detective Ralph Anderson is particularly outraged and makes the fateful decision to arrest Terry in public, creating a media sensation in the process. But, as the investigation begins to unfold, doubts and alternative evidence make Ralph question Terry’s guilt. As the mystery deepens the horrible truth that emerges creates a heart pounding and tense race against time, and the ultimate good versus evil showdown.

“Reality is thin ice. But most people never fall through until the very end”

Now, plenty of people have reviewed this book, and King certainly doesn’t need any help from me in promoting his novels, I just had to add my own complimentary comments about this one. This book reminded me of why, when I was a teenager, I was always the first in line to buy a new SK novel, why I absorbed them as fast as possible, then read them again and again and again. King has a way of building a complex puzzle, while creating characters readers are sure to respond to, either in a good or a bad way, and then proceeds to scare the crap out of us. The action picks up right at the beginning, building and building, first as a standard mystery and police investigation, then segues into the stuff that will keep you up at night.

King is always funny, always a bit sarcastic, and likes to poke fun here and there, sometimes good naturedly, and sometimes with a more caustic tone, while also addressing serious issues from time to time without becoming preachy. His passages featuring fellow author Harlan Coben, was especially fun and entertaining. (Although, you may want to refrain from asking Coben if he knows who the killer is from the start, or if he figures it out as he goes along- I think that question has been asked and answered, and Coben could be weary of it. 😊)

King’s basic style is still working, is still relevant, avoiding the traps of standard formulas and clichés authors of his generation, who have clogged up the NYT bestseller lists for the past forty years, are prone to. However, as Karin Slaughter points out in her otherwise glowing review for the Washington Post-

“If you can accept that a contemporary man in his late 40s recalls quoting “Our Gang” with his kid brother instead of the Fonz or even Pee-wee Herman, you’re in for a hell of a ride.” LOL!

My only regret is that I did not realize Holly’s character was connected to the Mr. Mercedes trilogy, and I’ve been meaning to read those books for a long time. But, on the plus side, I feel more motivated to get started on it sooner, rather than later.

This book is will remind readers of why Stephen King is the master… and always will be.





Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Bill Hodges Trilogy, Revival, and Doctor Sleep. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Friday, June 15, 2018

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Nora Roberts Land by Ava Miles- Feature and Review


Journalist Meredith Hale’s ex-husband claimed her Nora Roberts addiction gave her unrealistic expectations about marriage, and she believed him. All dreams of happily ever after—or Nora Roberts Land as her mother calls it—went up in smoke. But when her family asks her to temporarily help their Dare Valley, Colorado newspaper, she decides it’s time to change her life and prove her ex wrong. She’s determined to find her own small-town Nora Roberts hero, prove that true love exists, and publish a story about her quest.

War correspondent Tanner McBride has just returned stateside to work for a major newspaper, and the last thing he expects is blackmail. Yet, before he can even unpack, he’s headed to Colorado. His assignment? Make his boss’s ex-wife fall for him and then break her heart. Her article about discovering love à la Nora might air dirty laundry about her marriage to the media mogul, threatening his senate run. The mogul wants Meredith stopped, and he makes sure Tanner has no choice in the matter.

When the two meet, the sparks between them are undeniable. Meredith, who vowed never to date another journalist, begins to succumb. Could Tanner be her Nora Roberts hero? As they work together to uncover the truth behind a suspicious death, the depth of their feelings unfolds and both realize they’ve kept their secrets for far too long. But before the truth can be revealed, their investigation takes a deadly turn, one that might make Meredith’s personal Nora Roberts Land go up in flames.




Nora Roberts Land (Dare Valley, #1)Nora Roberts Land by Ava Miles
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nora Roberts Land by Ava Miles is a 2013 publication.

Meredith's husband, " Rick the Dick", told her reading that Nora Roberts novels gave her unrealistic expectations about love and marriage. When she finds herself divorced, she thinks maybe her ex- husband was right. There was no happy ever after in real life.

When her family needs some help running the Dare Valley newspaper in Colorado, Meredith gets an idea. Maybe she can prove Rick was wrong about Nora Roberts, and 'happily ever afters'. To that end, Meredith decides to do an article on the subject which makes Rick mighty nervous. Why? Well, Rick is running for a seat in the Senate and if Meredith's article comes out it could make him look bad and even expose some dark secrets that would ruin his political career. The solution? Tanner McBride.

Tanner has returned to the states after being a war correspondent.. His first assignment upon returning home? To seduce his boss's ex-wife, make her fall in love with him and then dump her, proving once and for all that true love only happens in fairy tales... or in Nora Roberts Land.

Why would a seasoned journalist like Tanner take on such an assignment? Blackmail of course. It seems Rick has some sordid information on Tanner's brother that he will make public if Tanner doesn't follow through. So, Tanner finds himself in Dare Valley, Colorado. When he meets his target, he knows his heart is in big trouble.  So, will Tanner be able to find a way out of this situation or will he have to break Meredith's heart to protect his family?

While Tanner is laying the ground work on getting to know Meredith, a suspicious death occurs which has some people thinking a coverup is underway. When Meredith and Tanner begin asking questions they wind up putting themselves in danger.

Now, if the name of the book doesn't grab you, I don't know what will. Ava Miles takes a page from the modern queen of romance authors and creates her very own masterpiece while paying homage to true love and happy ever after.

Meredith really took her divorce hard. She vowed never to become involved with a journalist again. When Tanner arrives in Dare Valley, Meredith is dating every man she can looking for a real life 'book boyfriend'.  While her sister, Jill, and her grandfather all insist Tanner is perfect for her, she still holds out... well, as long as she can anyway.

While Tanner is trying to protect his family by going along with this farce, I think deep down in his soul he knows he can't really crush Meredith like her ex husband wants him to. He just doesn't know now to extricate himself from the situation without someone getting hurt.

The secondary characters help to round out the novel and set up the scenario for the next book in the series which will feature Meredith's sister, Jill, and her best friend, Brian.

I really, really, really, enjoyed this book! Meredith went from panic attacks to taking on 'Rick the Dick' with dignity, intelligence and grace, all while proving that even if Prince Charming is just a fairytale, true love is real and not just in Nora Roberts Land.





International Bestselling Author Ava Miles joined the ranks of beloved storytellers with her powerful messages of healing, mystery, and magic. Millions of readers have discovered her fiction and nonfiction books, praised by USA TODAY and Publisher’s Weekly. Women’s World Magazine has selected a few of her novels for their book clubs while Southwest Airlines featured the #1 National Bestseller NORA ROBERTS LAND (the name used with Ms. Roberts’ blessing) in its in-flight entertainment. Ava’s books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year and Top Editor’s Picks and are translated into multiple languages.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

InD'tale Magazine Spotlight at The Book Review- Poetic Justice by H.B. Moore- Feature Spotlight


Justice comes in all types, but justice always comes.

Claire Vetra is looking for two men. The first man she’ll kill. The second man she’ll also kill—after she makes him watch as she destroys everything he’s ever built.

This is only the start of her revenge against the World Alliance Order, which held her hostage for a year and subjected her to live human testing in the name of medical science.

But when Claire begins to unravel her past, she discovers that unlocking the memories of what happened to her might destroy the remaining shreds of her sanity.


Poetic Justice is a smart, exciting, fast paced thriller.  Secret societies, medical experiments, double crosses, and mountains of intrigue will keep the reader on the edge of their seats.

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Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen historical novels and thrillers, written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women's fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Why Kill the Innocent by C. S. Harris- Feature and Review


In the newest mystery from the national bestselling author of Where the Dead Lie, a brutal murder draws Sebastian St. Cyr into the web of the royal court, where intrigue abounds and betrayal awaits.

London, 1814. As a cruel winter holds the city in its icy grip, the bloody body of a beautiful young musician is found half-buried in a snowdrift. Jane Ambrose's ties to Princess Charlotte, the only child of the Prince Regent and heir presumptive to the throne, panic the palace, which moves quickly to shut down any investigation into the death of the talented pianist. But Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and his wife Hero refuse to allow Jane's murderer to escape justice. 

Untangling the secrets of Jane's world leads Sebastian into a maze of dangerous treachery where each player has his or her own unsavory agenda and no one can be trusted. As the Thames freezes over and the people of London pour onto the ice for a Frost Fair, Sebastian and Hero find their investigation circling back to the palace and building to a chilling crescendo of deceit and death . . .



Why Kill the Innocent (Sebastian St. Cyr, #13)Why Kill the Innocent by C.S. Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Why Kill the Innocent by C.S. Harris is a 2018 Berkley publication.

A sad death, shocking revelations, and a wealth of palace intrigue!

A nasty spate of frigid cold, snow, and ice hold London in its grip. As Hero makes her way through the icy sludge, she literally stumbles across the corpse of Jane Ambrose. It becomes apparent immediately that Jane is not a victim of the nasty weather, but has been killed, then dumped out in the snow. As Sebastian and Hero attempt to uncover the truth about Jane’s death, once again Hero’s father, Jarvis, appears to be at the center of all that is nasty, mean, and cruel….

This is one of my favorite series, of any genre, that I read, because I am never let down or disappointed by it.

This story highlights the vulnerabilities of women in this historical time period, in shocking detail. Poor Jane Ambrose was literally at the mercy of every man she encountered or was involved with.

Not only that, the novel explores the practice of recruiting men to fight in wars they have no emotional or patriotic stake in, which left their wives and children all alone with no way to provide for themselves, which often led to very tragic and heartrending results. These passages are nearly unbearable to read about, but is a terrible historical truth, nonetheless.

Then there is Princess Charlotte and all the palace machinations at play, pitting her between two warring, competing, manipulative parents and all those who would hope to use her, and her proposed engagement, to their own advantage.

Once more, Harris has done a fantastic job of exploring the dark, seedy sides of London, from the perspectives of the very poor to the very powerful, examining the cause and effect of all those caught in their vicious nets. I’m loving the way Sebastian and Hero work together in tandem, the way their relationship continues to solidify, and the excellent points the author always drives home to the reader, while weaving such absorbing and riveting murder mysteries.





An Air Force brat who grew up exploring castles in Spain and fishing in the mountains of Oregon and Idaho, Candy later worked as an archaeologist and earned a PhD in European history. She now writes the Sebastian St. Cyr historical mystery series as C.S. Harris and historicals under her own name, Candice Proctor. Married to retired Army Colonel Steve Harris, she lives in New Orleans. Visit her website at www.csharris.net.