A BRIDE BY MOONLIGHT
Another piece in an intricate puzzle falls into place as Carlyle brings in characters from her previous St. James Society novels to play out a deftly crafted mystery. She entangles her characters in an intriguing, dark and obsessive relationship that turns into blazing passion. In this alluring and haunting tale, readers could find the darkness bleak or fascinating. It’s not quite in line with Carlyle’s familiar style, but no less enticing.
For years, Lisette Colburne has harbored hatred for Scotland Yard’s Commissioner Napier, who allowed her father’s killer to escape the hangman’s noose. Determined to see justice done, she’s returned to lock horns with Royden Napier, who replaced his father as commissioner. Royden is proud of the role he’s chosen, but the murder of a peer pulls him into an investigation that leads back to Lisette’s father’s death and the old case against Rance Welham. In his quest for the truth, Royden makes a Faustian bargain with Lisette: She will pose as his betrothed or face murder charges. Hunting down clues soon has Royden questioning his beliefs. What he can’t question is his undeniable attraction to Lisette. Though he is her enemy, Lisette is drawn to Royden, and she longs to surrender to her desires. (AVON, Mar., 380 pp., $7.99)