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Genre: Historical Romance, America
It’s wonderful to have Joyce’s intrepid sleuth Francesca Cahill back in another fast-paced mystery. Deadly fans, who know the series is as much soap opera as a marvelous mystery/romance, will be more than satisfied to uncover another chapter in the Cahill/Hart/Bragg saga. Joyce never disappoints, being sure to add every element of a chilling mystery seamless into a strong love story set against a colorful backdrop.
It is Francesca’s wedding day. Many crimes have been solved, misunderstandings resolved and trials triumphed before Francesca is free to marry Calder Hart. But someone doesn’t want the wedding to take place. Just hours before the ceremony, Francesca is lured away to view the scandalous portrait Hart commissioned. Francesca is locked in the gallery and when she escapes everyone believes she has jilted Hart. Angry and hurt, Hart breaks it off, thrusting Francesca back into the arms of his half-brother Police Commissioner Rick Bragg. With Rick’s marriage in tatters and Francesca’s engagement over she wonders if Rick is the man for her. Following one lead after another Rick and Francesca not only hunt down a killer, but Francesca learns to follow her heart and fight for the man she loves. (HQN, Mar., 378 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: March 2011