Essex’s switch from adventure romance to murder mystery will not disappoint her readers. She reintroduces characters from previous Reckless Bride novels into this intriguing and sophisticated plot, the culmination of which will put readers on the edge of their seats.

Timothy Evans, the Duke of Fenmore, has been watching Claire Jellicoe from afar — believing she is far too good for a one-time thief from the London stews. But when he sees her leave the ballroom with a notorious rake, he follows, saving her and helping her flee the scene. While hiding they discover a woman’s body. Their investigation into her death leads them down a winding and dangerous path to a powerful man. Timothy and Claire develop an unbreakable bond of love and trust that is tested by their investigation and the trial that follows. (ST. MARTIN’S, Apr., 400 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin