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Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Simpson (Awaiting the Moon) launches her Lady Anne historical mystery series with flair, though at times its daring heroine seems more Victorian than Georgian. Lady Anne Addison, a clever, capable bluestocking, arrives at Darkefell Castle after receiving a distress-filled missive from her flighty best friend, Lady Lydia Bestwick, about werewolf sightings. Walking the last few miles to the castle, Anne hears screams and discovers a dead woman along the way. Lydia's concerns extend beyond the paranormal, and soon Anne becomes embroiled in gothic goings-on that clumsily point to the overbearing marquess of Darkefell, Lydia's brother-in-law, who aggressively pursues Anne despite disliking her independent nature. A slave trade subplot works well, and romance fans will love the witty byplay if not the decidedly unromantic conclusion. (Apr.)
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"I enjoyed Lady Anne immensely and cannot wait to read more of her adventures." - Romance Reader at Heart
"[R]omance fans will love the witty byplay." - Publishers Weekly
"Donna Lea Simpson is like Victoria Holt but with twice the impact! " - Crave More Romance
"If you are looking for a historical mystery with romance, suspense, and a suggestion of paranormal, then read Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark. " - Fallen Angel Reviews
"This is a fabulous historical amateur sleuth that introduces readers to a terrific Georgian Era gender bending detective... Donna Lea Simpson's first Lady Anne eighteenth century mystery is a howling success." - Amazon.com #1 Reviewer
"This story combines the best parts of a mystery and historical romance in one story." - The Romance Studio
"Ms. Simpson pulls off the creepy, spine-tingling thrill of the gothic with great flare and keeps the reader on her toes with a very intriguing mystery. " - Once Upon a Romance
"Overall, if you enjoy Agatha Christie, Victoria Holt, and historical mysteries, this is well worth a read." - Alpha Heroes
"Simpson writes in a witty and engaging voice... if you like mystery, intrigue, werewolves, and Gothic you will love this book!" - Love Romance Passion
"Ms Simpson has set up a well-drawn Gothic horror setting here, so the atmosphere is fantastic, what with it being chilling, mysterious, and menacing all at once." - Mrs. Giggles
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Top Customer Reviews
I had to read all three books before she marries the guy..!? All three books are a good clean read, nice for a rainy day,I guess. I have read other books from this author and expected...I would like to say more but maybe I should say different... Thanks
Lady Anne arrives just in time to stumble over a freshly killed body; finds her friend Lydia quite uncommunicative; and meets the Marquess of Darkefell to be an infuriating stubborn man who makes no bones about not wanting Anne's interference in investigating this latest murder, but more importantly sticking her nose in his family's business. However, there is something about Anne that seems to appeal to him and winning her over seems to be foremost on his agenda.
*** On the plus side this historical romance appears to have everything going for it. It is historical in nature giving a lot of imagery of the Yorkshire countryside; modes of travel; hints of paranormal happenings; a gothic feel and some humorous moments. What it did not do was excite my imagination or create a strong hero, though some of the dialogs could be construed humorous. In short I found it to be a bit boring and difficult to finish because I couldn't really get into the story which at times felt a bit disjointed.
Lady Anne was very outspoken, and for someone who came such a great distance to help and support her friend didn't spend too much time with her at all - in fact, Anne came off as a busybody know-it-all and a bit snobbish.
As far as the Marquess goes, I didn't feel he was fully fleshed out and so how he came to pursue Anne wasn't quite believable. Their dialogs and interactions were not what I'd call passionate or soul searching.
I would have to say that the most interesting character was the Marquess' secretary, an ex-slave, who provided a good amount of the clues, which were not easily brought forth, that helped convince the reader of the identity of the murderer. Although I will say that the identity of the murderer was kept secret right up to the end.
Bottom Line: The title of the book had me intrigued but in my opinion, the story didn't deliver and left a big loose end regarding the romantic element.
Marilyn Rondeau, for [...]
When Lydia, a dear friend and her deceased fiance's sister, writes her and begs her to come, Lady Anne immediately responds. Lydia hinted at there being mysterious things going on at Darkefell Castle and the possibilities of a werewolf. Unfortunately Lydia fails to tell the rest of the household of Lady Anne's imminent arrival.
Since there is no carriage to take Lady Anne from the post house to the castle, and it is nearing dusk, she sets out on foot. As darkness descends, she hears a howl and a woman's screams. Trying to find the woman in the dark seems futile, until, as luck would have it, she stumbles over her body - but it is too late. She continues to make her way to the castle and arrives, unannounced, covered in blood with questions already arising.
The Marquess of Darkefell is a brooding handsome man who finds Lady Anne to be very bothersome. She insists on prying into his family's secrets - secrets he wishes to remain hidden. At the same time, her seemingly unflappable resolve and calm around him has him mystified. He has never met a woman who has been immune to his charms. He is also entertained by her quick wit and intelligence.
I highly recommend this book. Donna Lea Simpson's writing style is very engaging and draws you in immediately. She gives great descriptions of both countryside and characters.
She had dressed her bonnet with some of the purple tulips from her crushed bouquet, and as they nodded above her shadowed face, she looked both absurd and oddly adorable. He glanced at the path then back at her. It was true her nose was a little too long and her chin too pointed. There was a faint equine suggestion about the nose and generous mouth. Her color was good, though, and her dark hair glossy; she glowed with health and vivacity. (from Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark, p 207, uncorrected copy)
"But cultivated gardens have their place, my lord," she said, ambling toward the eddy, a swirling, shadowed pool at the base of the waterfall. She stood on a humped hillock of moss and stared, admiring the sparkle of sunlight on the drops that scattered as a rivulet hit a rock. Mist billowed from the force of the falls and bedewed her cheeks. (from Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark, p 215, uncorrected copy)
You can almost feel the tension that Lord Darkefell feels when he is around Lady Anne - and her optimism in the face of crises abounds. I really enjoyed Lady Anne and am glad that I will get to read more of her in the future. Donna Lea Simpson has two more books coming out with Lady Anne - Lady Anne and the Ghost's Revenge and Lady Anne and the Gypsy Curse.