An intrepid female reporter matches wits with a serious, sexy detective in an award-winning author's fun and flirty historical rom-com, perfect for readers of Evie Dunmore, Julia Quinn, and Tessa Dare!
England, 1865: Newspaper columnist Lady Katherine Bascomb finds herself the subject of speculation when her latest article leads to an arrest in the murders plaguing London. The English believe women ought not to write about such vulgar things as crime, and a particularly attractive detective inspector is incensed that she's interfered with his investigation. To escape her sudden notoriety, Katherine heads to the country-only to witness a murder upon her arrival.
Detective Inspector Andrew Eversham is appalled when Lady Katherine entangles herself in one of his cases-again. Her sensationalist reporting already nearly got him kicked off the police force, and he'll be damned if he permits her to meddle a second time. Yet, her questions are awfully insightful, and he can't deny his attraction to both her beauty and brains. As the clues point to a dangerous criminal, the two soon realize their best option is working together. But with their focus on the killer lurking in the shadows, neither is prepared for the other risk the case poses-to their hearts.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
It’s the 19th century, and most men don’t have what it takes to win Lady Katherine Bascomb’s heart—but most men couldn’t catch a serial killer either. Katherine is a well-known newspaper columnist on a mission to help protect other women from London’s violent criminals. Her reporting even helps to convict a notorious murderer, much to the frustration of the very intense, extremely dashing Detective Inspector Andrew Eversham. Katherine is just the kind of determined, headstrong heroine we love in a historical romance. Narrator Mary Jane Wells has the chutzpah (and accent skills!) to do Katherine justice, along with the rest of the large and varied cast of characters. Andrew might think Katherine is a mere meddler at first, but once she witnesses a high-profile killing and the fiery pair are stuck together, he can’t deny that her intentions are pure—and that her mind is brilliant. Author Manda Collins never lets the romance overshadow the book’s nail-biting mystery, and that’s the beauty of the series. You can have your tea cakes and eat them too.