Noble mixes humor, poignancy, murder and mayhem in a quick-paced charmer. Readers will identify with the heroine, who reinvents herself to survive society’s jibes, and they’ll cheer on the hero, who’s trying to make her feel real passion. This is light, yet has enough emotional depth to hold readers’ attention. With the added mystery, there’s plenty of action to keep pages turning.

After being jilted, Sarah Forrester becomes the ton’s laughingstock, but she turns everything around by transforming herself into the sought-after “Golden Lady.” But it’s a pretense she uses to protect herself from further emotional harm. When family friend Lieutenant Jackson Fletcher arrives in London he vows to uncover the fun-loving, genuine Sarah. Unable to break through her resolve, he invents a charade. He secretly becomes her hero, The Blue Raven. His innocent scheme draws him into a murder investigation; he must discover if Sarah’s suitor is a killer. Jack continues the masquerade even though he knows that if Sarah discovers his identity he will lose her. But desire grows between them even as the killer zeroes in on them. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Apr., 380 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin