Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Bride By Moonlight-Liz Carlyle

A Bride By Moonlight

Liz Carlyle

Avon, Feb 26 2013, $7.99

ISBN: 9780062100283

In 1847, Lisette Colburne accuses Metropolitan Police Assistant Police Commissioner Royden Napier of failing at his job because he was a stooge of Lord Lazonby. She tells him she is the youngest daughter of the late Arthur ruined and practically killed by the Lazonby heir Rance Welham (see The Bride Wore Pearls) who is exonerated in the murder of her father. Accusing him of being a coward, Lisette says she will avenge her dad’s death and the ruining of her family.

Two years later, Lisette returns to London to begin her vendetta against Rance, now Lord Lazonby. At the same time Royden, now the commissioner investigates an aristocrat’s brutal murder that leads back to Arthur Colburne, Lazonby, and subsequently Lisette. He gives the upstart female a choice between pretending to be his fiancée to help him search for the truth or face murder charges. As they team up, these two adversaries fall in love, but neither wants to act on feelings they loathe rather than embrace kshama.

The latest St. James Society Victorian romantic mystery (see One Touch of Scandal and The Bride Wore Scarlet) is a fabulous historical that deftly blends a strong murder investigation with a changing relationship between the protagonists. Fast-paced Liz Carlyle provides another powerful mystery as the two sleuths team up in a love neither feels conformable with.

Harriet Klausner

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