Synopses & Reviews
In Victorian London, India Black has all the attributes a high-class madam needs to run a successful brothel--wit, beauty, and an ability to lie with a smile. Luckily for Her Majesty's Government, all these talents also make her a first-rate spy...
India Black, full-time madam and occasional secret agent, is feeling restless, when one of Disraeli's men calls on her to meet the prime minister--alone. Even though all her previous meetings have been organized by the rakishly handsome spy French, it's been decided this is a mission India must attempt on her own.
Revolt has spread across Europe and reached the shores of England--anarchists have begun assassinating lords and earls, one by one. Now India must infiltrate the ranks of the underground group responsible for those attacks, the sinister Dark Legion. To stop their dread plot, India will go from the murkiest slums of London to the highest levels of society, uncovering secrets that threaten her very existence...
"Carr's Victorian series just gets better."—Library Journal
"India Black, the witty and resourceful young madam of a London brothel, is a delightful protagonist. I shall follow her future career with particular interest."—Vicki Lane, author of The Day of Small Things
“Carrs Victorian series just gets better.”—Library Journal
Praise for the series
“A breathless ride through Victorian England.”—Victoria Thompson, author of Murder in Chelsea
“For those who enjoy history, romance and mysteries rolled into one.”—Romance Readers Connection
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When Sir Archibald Latham of the War Office dies from a heart attack while visiting her brothel, Madam India Black is unexpectedly thrust into a deadly game between Russian and British agents who are seeking the military secrets Latham carried.
Blackmailed into recovering the missing documents by the British spy known as French, India finds herself dodging Russian agents-and the attraction she starts to feel for the handsome conspirator.
After Sir Archibald Latham of the War Office dies from a heart attack while visiting her brothel, Madam India Black is unexpectedly thrust into a deadly game between Russian and British agents who are seeking the military secrets Latham carried.
FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!
1558. Kate Haywood, a simple musician in the employ of a princess, will find herself involved in games of crowns as she sets out to solve the murder of the queens envoy....
England is in tumult under the rule of Queen Mary and her Spanish husband. Confined to house arrest at Hatfield House, young Princess Elizabeth is the countrys greatest hope. Far from court intrigues, Elizabeth finds solace in simple things: the quiet countryside and peaceful recreation, including the melodies of her chief musician and his daughter, Kate Haywood.
But Kate will prove herself most valuable when an envoy of the queensent to flush out heretics in the princesss householdis found dead on the grounds of Hatfield. Acting as Elizabeths eyes and ears, Kate is sent out on the trail of a killer whose mission could destroy her family, friendsand the future of England.
India Blacks double life operating a high-class brothel and running high-stakes espionage for Her Majestys government can take its toll. But theres no rest for the wearyparticularly when an international conspiracy comes knocking
India Black is one of Victorian Londons most respected madamsnot a bloody postmistress. So when Colonel Francis Mayhew forwards a seemingly innocuous shipping bill to her address, shes puzzled. And when three thugs bust down her door, steal the envelope, and rough up both her and fellow agent French
well, thats enough to make India Black see red.
The veteran spies soon discover that Mayhew has been butchered in his own bedroom. An impromptu investigation leads them to Londons docks, where India makes a startling discovery she cant bear to tell the rakish Frenchshe has a history with their chief suspect, the gentleman thief who once stole her heart
About the Author
is a pseudonym for a multipublished author. Her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times
Reviewers Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion. She lives in Oklahoma.