Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Midnight Pleasures With A Scoundrel-Lorraine Heath

Midnight Pleasures With A Scoundrel
Lorraine Heath
Avon, Nov 2009, $6.99
ISBN: 9780061734007

In 1852 Inspector James Swindler is happy that his friends from Fagin's gang of youths have moved on with their lives. He still struggles to do likewise. His current assignment is to trail Eleanor Watkins who has come to London to most likely commit murder.

Still grieving the death of her sister Elisabeth who came to London for the season last year with the naive joy of the innocent until Lord Rockberry destroyed her; Eleanor has plans to kill the culprit. James rescues her from three aristocrats in the pleasure gardens of Cremorne with hopes to persuade her not to travel the path she has chosen for herself. As they fall in love, neither expected the mounting danger from a diabolical schemer.

The latest Scoundrels of St. James series (see IN BED WITH THE DEVIL, BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND DESIRE and SURRENDER TO THE DEVIL), continues the great saga of what happened as adults to Fagan’s gang of youngsters from Oliver Twist. The story line is fast-paced from the moment that James intercedes at Cremorne and never slows down although she hides something critical from him and he struggles to overcome the public hanging of his father when he was a child. With a nasty villain and an enjoyable mystery, fans will relish Lorraine Heath’s strong Victorian romantic suspense with a clever twist.

Harriet Klausner

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