Violet and the Bow Street Runner
A Baleful Godmother Novel
A nosy duke’s daughter and a sharp-eyed Bow Street Runner join forces to solve a rather peculiar crime.
Violet Garland may be a duke’s daughter, but she has a strong streak of daredevil. What she wants most in life is adventure—and when she spots a Bow Street Runner among the ton, she knows she’s finally found it. She’ll help the investigator track down his villain, whether he wishes her to or not!
Bow Street Principal Officer Perry Wintersmith does not want any assistance, especially from a female as persistent and annoying as Lady Violet Garland. Although Lady Violet does possess a most uncommon talent and she is exceptionally good at following people…
Perhaps he ought to accept her offer of help? Together they might be able to unravel a rather perplexing mystery—and Perry may just avoid falling off any roofs.
Take one adventure-seeking duke’s daughter, one solitary Bow Street Runner, a strange series of thefts, a dash of magic, a sprinkling of naughty drawings, and what do you have? A romp of a Regency romance that will sweep you through London’s alleyways and over its rooftops, with detours into cupboards, attics, bandboxes, and ballrooms.
Length: Full-length novel of 99,000 words
Sensuality level: A Regency romance with steamy love scenes
“It’s just gone half six in the morning and I’ve read through the night. It was impossible to put down my kindle.”
~ Goodreads reviewer
“You could feel the chemistry between Perry and Violet coming right off the page, and when you add an excellent mystery on top of that, you won’t be able to put the book down.”
~ Goodreads reviewer
Q & A with the author
How would you describe this series?
It's Regency England with passion, danger, adventure, humor, romance—and a dash of magic. The stories are emotional, but not sweet. There’s sex, and my heroes do swear at times!
Hang on. Did you say magic?
I did. But don't worry—the books are first and foremost historical romances. Only a few characters have magic, and it’s a deep, dark secret, and no one else knows.
But … do magic and Regency England go together?
Definitely! Many years ago I read Sorcery and Cecelia (or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot) by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, and totally loved it and ever since then I’ve thought that Regency England and magic go very well together.
How would you describe your writing?
Several reviewers have likened my writing to Georgette Heyer, which is the hugest compliment ever. I adore Georgette Heyer! She’s why I write historical romance, and I reread her books over and over. (If you’ve not read The Grand Sophy, please do so!) I’ve also had readers compare my writing to Courtney Milan and Mary Balogh, which are also massive compliments.
What order should I read the series in?
Each book, whether a novel or novella, can be read as a standalone.
Best of the best
I have enjoyed all the Baleful Godmother books, and would give them all 5 stars. This one is extra special and I wish I could give it many more stars. The mystery is fun and the relationship between the H and h is just lovely.
Another amazing story from Emily Larkin that follows another Garland sister, Violet. The book was so engaging from start to end that I finished it in a single day (almost a single sitting but I had to stop for lunch). The characters are well developed, the plot intriguing, and the romance beautiful, passionate, and gorgeously written as always. I would highly recommend giving this a read!
I received an ARC of this book and voluntarily chose to review it. All opinions are my own. Happy reading!