By Tasha Alexander

London's social season is in complete swing, and Victorian aristocracy cannot cease whispering a couple of definite gentleman who claims to be the direct descendant of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. yet he is not the single subject of wagging tongues. Drawing rooms, boudoirs, and ballrooms are abuzz with the newest information of an audacious cat burglar who has been systematically stealing precious goods that after belonged to the ill-fated queen. gentle gossip turns severe whilst the landlord of 1 of the pilfered treasures is located murdered, and the mysterious thief develops a twisted obsession with girl Emily Ashton. it's going to take all of Emily's wit and perseverance to unmask her stalker and ferret out the assassin, whereas confronted with a brewing scandal that threatens either her recognition and her romance together with her past due husband's ally, the speeding Colin Hargreaves.

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My butler did not hesitate, closed the door so he could dress, and was ready to leave the house in fewer than three minutes. My appearance in the servants’ hall had caused quite a commotion. Lizzie poked her head out her door and shrieked when she saw me; soon the entire household was awake. I followed Davis downstairs where I sat on the staircase, clutching my knees to my chest, my back pressed hard against the railing as I accepted, but did not drink, the glass of brandy my maid had handed me.

You and I are similar creatures. Each with perfect opportunity before us yet unwilling to take it. Perhaps we should join forces. ” I quickly described her situation. ” Jeremy laughed loudly. “This is priceless. What a lark. Tell her I’ll do it,” he said, continuing to laugh. ” P O I S O N E D S E A S O N s A 25 “And, Emily”—he grew serious—“if you ever . . if Hargreaves doesn’t . . if you do need someone . . ” “Really, Jeremy, that has to be one of the most romantic proposals in all of English history.

Ivy looked as if she would crumple. “Don’t be upset, dear. ” I was unable to continue, as Davis opened the door and announced Jeremy. “I’m to meet Margaret here,” he said, dropping into a chair after greeting the two of us with perfect politeness. ” “You seem to be enjoying yourself,” I said. ” “Capital girl, Margaret. ” He rested his chin on the s 46 T A S H A A L E X A N D E R gold handle of his walking stick. ” Ivy frowned but did not comment. The door opened and Davis reappeared, this time bringing Colin with him.

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