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A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander

By Tasha Alexander

London's social season is in complete swing, and Victorian aristocracy cannot cease whispering a couple of convinced gentleman who claims to be the direct descendant of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. yet he is not the one subject of wagging tongues. Drawing rooms, boudoirs, and ballrooms are abuzz with the most recent information of an audacious cat burglar who has been systematically stealing precious goods that after belonged to the ill-fated queen. gentle gossip turns critical while the landlord of 1 of the pilfered treasures is located murdered, and the mysterious thief develops a twisted obsession with girl Emily Ashton. it is 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 attractiveness and her romance together with her past due husband's ally, the speeding Colin Hargreaves.

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Well . . ” “That is ridiculous,” I said. “I know it is. ” “Colin is immersed in his work. Furthermore—” “Yes, but Emily, you are gaining a reputation as an eccentric who would prefer to spend her time buried in the library instead of on more . . er . . ” “Excellent. ” “You know that I fully support your studies, but I do wish you would, perhaps, temper your approach to the Season. ” “I never thought I would hear such criticism from you,” I said. Ivy looked as if she would crumple. “Don’t be upset, dear.

I smiled, all the while wondering what layers could be found beneath my guest’s polished façade. M r. Francis was true to his word and spoke to the police about the pink diamond the very next morning. Within two days, the newspapers were filled with sensationalised stories about the thefts. All of society was buzzing about it, and Charles Berry made a great show of issuing a plea to the burglar through the Times, asking that all the objects that belonged to his great-great-grandmother be returned to their rightful owners.

Mr. Hargreaves has asked that I once again increase the patrols near your house, something I will do gladly. ” “Thank you. ” Cécile asked. “If the intruder had wanted to harm her, he had ample opportunity to do so last night. It seems that his interest in Lady Ashton is of a . . er . . romantic nature. Still, I wouldn’t like to see you have another run-in with him. ” “I think we ought to go to Richmond at once,” I said, rising from the table. Inspector Manning pushed his plate away and stood up quickly, almost knocking over his coffee.

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