These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.
Prepared to accept that Edward's death was due to a long-standing physical infirmity, Julia is outraged when Brisbane visits and suggests that Sir Edward has been murdered. It is a reaction she comes to regret when she discovers the damning paper for herself, and realizes the truth.
Determined to bring her husband's murderer to justice, Julia engages the enigmatic Brisbane to help her investigate Edward's demise. Dismissing his warnings that the investigation will be difficult, if not impossible, Julia presses forward, following a trail of clues that lead her to even more unpleasant truths, and ever closer to a killer who waits expectantly for her arrival.
©2007 Deanna Raybourn; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
"Fans of British historical thrillers will welcome Raybourn's perfectly executed debut." (Publishers Weekly)
I hate romance novels. I downloaded one awhile back before I realized that "romance" is just a euphemism for soft porn. Regardless of its category, this was a fun book to listen to. The characters are original, the story is suspenseful and has subtle humor. Call it light self mockery. Anyway, I am hooked on this writer and will buy her next book either in audio form or conventional form. I wanted to download the second in the series but they switched narrators and according to the reviews it was a mistake. I hope the next book will return to the original narrator.
Although intelligent and well-written, the plot unfolds far too slowly. There are entire chapters of chit-chat where nothing of consequence happens.
I also found the obviously fake British accent of the narrator extremely distracting and irritating.
I've listened to 4 chapters and I just can't tolerate the narrators bad accent. Maybe if the story was good..... but it's not good enough. I wish I had my money (& time) back.
I loved this book, It was filled with suspense and excitment. Although I was able to puzzle out much of the mystery this did not matter because the characters were so captivating that I still enjoyed the story tremendously. The narrator was absolutely fabulous. If you enjoy mysteries and romance you will be captivated.
I have listened to this book at least ten times. I love the way it is read to where you can't til it is read by one person. and I will be looking for more books by Deanna Raybourn being read by Ellan Archer
OK, I'm a man; I expect the plot to progress, and information shared. This book spends a lot of time setting the mood, much details, and did not "get on with it". This is not a good book for most men. We expect more bang for the buck. The reader was excellent throughout.
I loved this book. It was a great story with some very interesting people. I changed my mind about who was "it" so many times... it keep my interest and then some!
This story kept my full attention - I had trouble getting out of my car at times! Intrigue on many levels - I look forward to the next book by this talented author.
Just read the previous reviews before you buy. Most people love it, some people hate it. Ditto for the narrator. Not at all my idea of a romance, which is fine, but I agree with someone else about the creepy male lead. Plot moves slowly and I found myself skipping around to see if I wanted to finish it. Julia is a strong personality and interesting in many ways but I never warmed to her enough to care what happens to her. So it comes down to unraveling the mystery. The ending just depressed me and I was glad to be done with it.
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