Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Duke Of Midnight-Elizabeth Hoyt

Duke Of Midnight

Elizabeth Hoyt

Grand Central, Oct 15 2013, $8.00

ISBN: 9781455508341

Witnessing the murder of his parents years ago changed Maximus Batten. Now in 1740 the duke patrols the streets as the Ghost of St. Giles keeping people safe and seeking the killer.

While on duty, Maximus saves Artemis Greaves from footpads though he wonders why she is in the slums. However, she is on a mission and needs the Ghost’s help. Her brother Apollo remains incarcerated in Bedlam for killing three people four years ago, which also relegated Artemis from sister of a viscount to companion to her cousin Penelope. When Artemis realizes that Maximus is the Ghost, she blackmails him into rescuing her sibling. He agrees to perform the mission because he wants her though both know he must marry a titled lady like Penelope.

The sixth Maiden Lane Georgian romantic suspense (Scandalous Desires) is an exciting Ghost of St. Giles entry (see Lord of Darkness and Thief of Shadows) made fresh by the spirited heroine who refuses to allow her brother’s tragedy and her fall from grace keep her down. Fast-paced, sub-genre fans will enjoy this enjoyable romantic historical mystery though want to know more about Apollo’s plight.

Harriet Klausner

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