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by Stephanie Laurens

Genre: Historical Romance
Sensuality: HOT
Setting: Victorian England

2008 Historical Romantic Mystery / Gothic Nominee

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The Cynsters' tales of love, intrigue and adventure continue. This time it's Barnaby Adair and Penelope Ashford, Portia Cynster's sister, who are pulled into a mystery. In an Amanda Quick-style suspense/romance, not one but two couples hunt for lost boys. Laurens never loses touch with her characters' deep emotions or the haunting mystery. She leads readers through a maze until they reach the chilling climax.

Concerned about the disappearance of a large number of orphaned boys, Penelope seeks Barnaby's help. When she arrives on his doorstep late one night and relates her story, Barnaby realizes that the implications of the case could lead back to members of the aristocracy. He needs the aid of Scotland Yard inspector Basil Stokes, who he's worked with previously. In turn, Basil enlists the aid of milliner Griselda Martin, who knows the workings of the East End.
The two couples embark on a hunt for the boys and on a road to passion that leads from one end of the city to another with surprising consequences. (Morrow, Feb, 388 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Morrow

Published: February 2008

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