A Victorian murder mystery! This is the first book that I have read by this author and it completely captivated me. I felt immersed in the time period and loved following the intriguing investigation into a man who seemed like a grieving widower simply searching for a new love to heal his broken heart.
Right from the beginning, it was clear that Detective Michael Baker felt that Mr. Radcliffe may have been involved in his wife’s demise. It was interesting to watch as he, with the help of Amelie Hampton, began an undercover operation to find anything that could indicate that Mr. Radcliffe was guilty.
Amelie began the story as a smart career woman, yet she was definitely still very innocent in the way she viewed men. She saw only the outward appearance and the veneer that Mr. Radcliffe wore. It was satisfying to see her eyes begin to open to things that did not add up.
There was a light and gentle romance that grew throughout the pages between Michael and Amelie. It was just the right amount of romance for the story to provide a solid connection between the two and heighten the emotion and danger they found themselves in. I enjoyed this novel from start to finish.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Set in Victorian London from the Queen of Mystery Romance
Amelie Hampton is a hopeless romantic, which makes her the perfect columnist to answer lonely heart letters in The Marriage Gazette. When Amelie plays matchmaker with two anonymous lonely hearts, she also decides to secretly observe the couple’s blind date. To her surprise, the man who appears for the rendezvous is Harold Radcliffe—a grieving widower and a member of Amelie’s book club.
Police detective Michael Baker has been struggling ever since his best friend and brother-in-law died in the line of fire. Because he knows the dangers of his job, he has vowed never to marry and subject a wife and family to the uncertainty of his profession. But when he meets Miss Hampton, he is captured by her innocence, beauty, and her quick mind.
When a woman’s body is pulled from the river, Michael suspects the woman’s husband—Harold Radcliffe—of foul play. Amelie refuses to believe that Harold is capable of such violence but agrees to help, imagining it will be like one of her favorite mystery novels. Her social connections and clever observations prove an asset to the case, and Amelie is determined to prove Mr. Radcliffe’s innocence. But the more time Amelie and Michael spend together, the more they trust each other, and the more they realize they are a good team, maybe the perfect match.
They also realize that Mr. Radcliffe is hiding more than one secret, and when his attention turns toward Amelie, Michael knows he must put an end to this case before the woman he loves comes to harm.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
NANCY CAMPBELL ALLEN is the award-winning author of eighteen published novels and several novellas, which encompass a variety of genres, ranging from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. Her most recent books, which include Regency, Victorian, and steampunk romance, are published under Shadow Mountain’s Proper Romance brand, and the What Happens in Venice novella series is part of the Timeless Romance Anthology collection published by Mirror Press. She has presented at numerous conferences and events since her initial publication in 1999.
Nancy loves to read, write, travel, and research, and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She nurtures a current obsession for true crime podcasts and is a news junkie. She and her husband have three children, and she lives in Ogden, Utah, with her family, one very large Siberian Husky named Thor, and an obnoxious but endearing YorkiePoo named Freya.