The incomparable Judith Lansdowne returns with another scintillating tale of love and courtship in Regency England.

Garrett Forester, Earl of Wiltshire, has an unusual hobbyhe collects murderers! Miss Honor Virtue, invited by his mother to be their guest for the London season, can only wonder at the nature of a man so obsessed. Is it really safe for her assorted siblings to associate with such a strange individual?

Hot on the trail of another killer, the earl nevertheless takes immediate notice of the spirited young lady. But the Justice family is not the only addition to the household. In quick succession come a street imp he rescues from a brutal master and a lovely circus performer who is more than she appears to be.

What follows is a simply delicious blend of sparkling wit, clever plotting, a deftly developed mystery and above all, a magical, joyous romance that will make you sigh in utter delight. (Jan., 256 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer