Ever since her father’s disappearance four years ago Sophie Darshaw (née D’Archaud) has been working as a seamstress in Madame Eudora’s high-class brothel. Suddenly Madame sends her to the lecherous Fitzgelder’s country estate. In his hunt for his family’s killers the Earl of Lindley has befriended Fitzgelder, hoping for a lead to the traitors responsible for the deaths. When he rescues Sophie from Fitzgelder, the whirlwind adventure begins.
To escape the house Sophie teams up with members of an acting troupe who are connected to Lindley’s investigation. The earl follows Sophie to a posting inn, where they are almost murdered, to an unexpected reunion with her unscrupulous father, and the discovery that Sophie is in possession of a locket that may be the key to Lindley’s search. Perhaps by seducing Sophie he can get the locket, but he doesn’t know that Sophie has a few tricks she learned from the girls in the brothel up her sleeve and that falling in love with her can be more dangerous than searching for a killer. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Jul., 380 pp., $7.99)