Synopses & Reviews
The first production of The New Globe Players was marked by murder. Now Suzanne Thorntons company dares to mount the most cursed of plays
When charming Scotsman Diarmid Ramsay asks to play the titular role in Macbeth, he sets off a flurry of excitement among The New Globe Players. Despite protests from the company director that performing the Scottish play” will lead only to disaster, Suzanne decides that the show must go onwith herself acting the part of Lady Macbeth, opposite the handsome stranger.
Rehearsals beginbut then rumors about Ramsay arise, implicating him in the death of a sailor found behind the Goat and Boar. Is the man a murderer, possibly involved in a plot against the newly restored king? Suzanne refuses to believe it, until another murder connected to Ramsay occurs.
It seems the curse of Macbeth may have been unleashed, leaving Suzanne no choice but to use her wits and her wiles to determine if Ramsay is a gifted actoror a murderous villain.
"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
Praise for Anne Rutherford and The Opening Night Murder
“Anne Rutherford brings the world of Restoration England to vivid life.”—Victoria Thompson, national bestselling author of Murder in Chelsea
“The world of Restoration London and its theaters leaps off the page in this impressive novel.”—Carol K. Carr, national bestselling author of India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy
“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
Praise for the novels of Anna Lee Huber:
“Lady Darby is an engaging new sleuth to follow.”—Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author
“A riveting debut.”—Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author
“An unusual and romantic heroine.”—Judith Rock, author of The Whispering of Bones
“A fast-paced, atmospheric, and chilling debut featuring a clever heroine with a shocking past and a talent for detection.” —Carol K. Carr, national bestselling author of India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy
“Hubers protagonist is complex and likable and the well-plotted mystery is filled with fascinating secondary characters…Youll be engaged right to the end.”—RT Book Reviews
“Hubers debut…reads like a cross between a gothic novel and a mystery with a decidedly unusual heroine.”—Kirkus Reviews
Black is back-Her Majesty's favorite spy is off to Scotland in this new adventure to ensure the Queen doesn't end up getting killed.
When Queen Victoria attends a séance, the spirit of her departed husband, Prince Albert, insists she spend Christmas at their Scottish home in Balmoral. Prime Minister Disraeli suspects the Scottish nationalists plan to assassinate the Queen-and sends the ever resourceful India and the handsome British spy, French, to the Scottish highlands.
French will take the high road, looking for a traitor among the guests-and India will take the low road, disguised as a servant in case an assassin is hiding among the household staff. India is certain that someone at Balmoral is determined to make this Her Majesty's last Christmas...
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...
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
Following the death of her dear friend, Lady Kiera Darby is in need of a safe haven. Returning to her childhood home, Kiera hopes her beloved brother Trevor and the merriment of the Hogmanay Ball will distract her. But when a caretaker is murdered and a grave is disturbed at nearby Dryburgh Abbey, Kiera is once more thrust into the cold grasp of death.
While Kiera knows that aiding in another inquiry will only further tarnish her reputation, her knowledge of anatomy could make the difference in solving the case. But agreeing to investigate means Kiera must deal with the complicated emotions aroused in her by inquiry agent Sebastian Gage.
When Gage arrives, he reveals that the incident at the Abbey was not the firstsome fiend is digging up old bones and holding them for ransom. Now Kiera and Gage must catch the grave robber and put the case to rest
before another victim winds up six feet under.
About the Author
is a pseudonym for Julianne Lee. Lee has been writing historical fiction in several genres, under various pseudonyms, for over a decade. She was the author of the Catherine of Aragon novel, The Spanish Bride
, in Berkley's Wives of Henry the Eighth series (under the house name Laurien Gardner) and as J. Ardian Lee wrote an historical fantasy series for Ace.