Welshman and renowned Cambridge scholar Evan Newcombe is on a quest. He must search out the legendary Lady of the Mists to find out what she knows about the murder of his closest friend, Lord Justin Mansfield.
Before his murder, Justin confided in Evan that he was to sell a family heirloom, a cup that had been in their possession for centuries. The buyer was a member of the family who originally owned the magical chalice.
Lady of the Mists, Catrin Price, knows that unless the cup is returned to her family, each bride's husband will die on their wedding day, as did her groom.
Catrin pretends she is not the lady Evan seeks. She cannot reveal that she has the cursed cup in her possession without implicating herself in Justin's murder. Poor Catrin also has to contend with an over-zealous suitor whose determination to obtain Catrin's hand has motives other than love behind it.
In this tale of two people searching for love, Ms. Martin gives a modern flavor to the old-fashioned Gothic romance that is sure to captivate readers. SENSUAL (Apr., 384 pp., $5.50)