IN THE BARRISTER'S CHAMBERS
Gabrielle debuts her new Barrister series with a fast-paced romantic mystery. Modern readers will relate to her strong-willed heroine as her dashing hero appeals to readers’ sense of romance. It’s a sprightly, if uncomplicated, tale.
When Lady Evelyn Darlington’s soon-to-be groom is implicated in a Drury Lane actress’s murder, she turns to barrister Jack Harding. Jack was one of her father’s star law students and he shares her love of the law. That is not all they share; Jack has been fascinated with Evelyn since his school days and she admires his mind — and his body. Jack reluctantly agrees to help Evelyn find evidence that will exonerate Randolph. They prowl through the best and worst of London as they track down the actress’s diary — a journal that can expose the amorous pursuits of several men in high places. Evelyn realizes it is truly Jack she loves and though Jack knows she’s above his station, she is the only woman worth fighting for. He must find a way to save Randolph without losing Evie. (ZEBRA, Sep., 352 pp., $6.99)