THE SPY WORE SILK
Pickens' new series begins with a gripping, seductive tale as alluring as her heroine and as exciting as any spy thriller. This is the stuff of fantasy and nonstop reading! The heroine mixes passion and sexy swordfights with rapier-sharp repartee, action and suspense.
Her first assignment as a Merlin's Maiden is to expose a traitor who favors an antiquarian bookclub. First she sets up a persona as the Black Dove, a high-priced courtesan seeking a wealthy protector. Then she invites herself to a Gilded Page country house party and auction, where she wreaks havoc with the staid guests, especially ex-army officer Lord Kirkland, her prime suspect.
Like Siena, Kirkland is hiding a secret and searching for a treacherous enemy. Their immediate attraction might prove to be a distraction neither can allow, yet as they match wits and swords, passions rise and flow -- and their enemy gets closer. (Warner Forever, Jun., 380 pp., $6.99)