Image of India Black (A Madam of Espionage Mystery)


Image of India Black (A Madam of Espionage Mystery)

It’s hard to believe that this is a debut novel. Carr makes Victorian London and the rivalry between prime ministers Disraeli and Gladstone come alive with wit and humor. Plus, India, the madam protagonist, is quite funny. Expect to stay up late reading this fascinating and at times hilarious novel of espionage and intrigue; you won’t want to put it down.

India Black, the madam of Lotus House brothel, is busily minding her own business when a high-ranking government employee has the bad taste to die in her establishment. Worse, a case he brought into the house with him contained government secrets, and it’s now missing. India is forcibly recruited by Her Majesty’s government to reclaim the case and its contents before the Russian ambassador smuggles it out of England. Fortunately, she has a lot of people on her side, including Vincent the reeking street urchin and a handsome, enigmatic British spy named French. (PRIME CRIME, Jan., 304 pp., $14.00)
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