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DEADLY PROMISE
by Brenda Joyce

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Setting: 1902, New York

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Young girls are missing in New York City; heiress and amateur sleuth Francesca Cahill is pulled into the case when her assistant, Emily O'Hare, disappears.

Police commissioner Rick Bragg, the man Francesca loved, and his half-brother (and her fiancé) Calder Hart, are also drawn into the investigation, which leads all three into the underbelly of the city. Francesa puts herself at risk to expose the powerful men behind a white slavery ring.

Fans of the series—or addicts like myself—will be thrilled with Joyce's latest installment that has Francesca torn between two men, while also trying to manage her place in society, her political activism (working to better public education) and her family's demands. The Deadly series is addictive, absorbing, exciting and filled with marvelous historical details. Joyce outdoes herself, raising new questions and leaving us longing for more. SENSUAL (Nov., 340 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: St. Martin's

Published: November 2003

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