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By Tasha Alexander

London's social season is in complete swing, and Victorian aristocracy cannot cease whispering a couple of yes gentleman who claims to be the direct descendant of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. yet he isn't the single 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 important goods that when belonged to the ill-fated queen. mild gossip turns severe whilst the landlord of 1 of the pilfered treasures is located murdered, and the mysterious thief develops a twisted obsession with woman Emily Ashton. it's 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 rushing Colin Hargreaves.

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Her pretty cheeks flushed pink when her eyes met mine. P O I S O N E D S E A S O N s A 45 “Oh, dear. ” “Of course not. If we had, I would have ranted to you about it immediately. ” “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.

Mrs. Francis, I suppose. Speaking with her made me realize that I owe all my current joy to him. ” “One of which I’m all too aware. Had I not lost my best friend, I might never have found a woman who could captivate me the way you do. ” He stood up, walked across the room, and stared out the window. I did not feel much like pursuing the subject and fidgeted uncomfortably for a moment before finally picking up my lemonade. ” “No, thank you. ” “Because it was I who found it sitting on your doorstep.

There’s no need to stop eating, Inspector,” I said. ” “I couldn’t, madam,” he said, but I would have none of it. I rang for the maid and instructed her to see to it that he had whatever he wanted, and then I left him there, embarrassed but obviously pleased with his breakfast. T he drive to Richmond was a short one. Mrs.

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