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Historical Romance with a Mystery Twist
on May 25, 2002
Ms. Jaffe presents a new voice in the sub genre of historical romance with her latest duo of sixteenth century mysteries. In the first, a vampire novel, Miles Loredan, Viscount Dearbourn is averse to complying with his betrothal contract to marry Lady Mariana Nonesuch. When Miles meets the beautiful sleuth, Clio Thornton, cousin of Mariana, he employs Clio as a ruse to keep her in his protection. For the Vampire of London has returned, though Miles thought he had killed him three years prior.
The love scenes are very sensual amidst the backdrop of the wealthy splendor of sixteenth century English nobility. And the mystery of the bodies left behind by the vampire adds a unique twist to the traditional historical romance.
On the flip side of this book is another sixteenth century mystery in which Lady Tuesday Arlington is considered the prime suspect in her husband's murder. Lawrence Pickering, earl of Arden, and England's primary investigator of smuggling begins to follow Tuesday's every move, as she has painted the murder scene where her husband was found. When Tuesday continues to paint more murder scenes, Lawrence starts to become involved with her romantically, though he is bemused by her knowledge of the crime scenes. Is the real murderer stalking Tuesday, possibly using her paintings to stage the backdrop for murder?
Descriptively intimate love scenes are frequent and varied throughout this read. The romantic tension is palpable and reminiscent of Judith McNaught. Add in the mysterious murderer/secret admirer, and you have a true page-turner.