INDIA BLACK AND THE SHADOWS OF ANARCHY
The Victorian owner of a bordello has been helping the British government. Guiding India Black (and driving her crazy) is the British secret agent French. This is a wonderful series written in first person that advances from adventure to adventure, trimmed with clever language, historical details and wonderful characters. It is an incredibly fun read.
French has disappeared and India keeps picturing him with a wife and family, which drives her wild. Disraeli enlists her to get some information about anarchists who are active in London; he wants her to use a French prostitute to get information. The girl is the daughter of a leader of the Paris Commune, forced to flee Paris when her father died. Soon India is thick with anarchists who want to destroy the government of England while trying to find out what French has been doing and looking for details about her late mother. (PRIME CRIME, Feb., 320 pp., $15.00)