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LOST IN SHADOW
JOCELYN KELLEY
ISBN# (10) 0-451-22171-0/(13) 978-0-451-22171-1
July 2007
Signet/Eclipse
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
Mass Market Paperback
$6.99
304 Pages
Paranormal Romance/Historical
Rating: 5 Cups

Jade Nethercott is devastated by the death of her father and longs to prove his assertion that ghosts exist, but her sisters want her to go to London with them. When Sir Mitchell, a former student of her father’s appears to her and asks her to solve the mystery of his murder, she sees an ideal way to combine the two.

Gideon Bannatyre finds his new title very heavy, especially since eight members of his family have died in the past four years to place him there. He suspects that they were murdered and is determined to find out why but is distracted by the beautiful and feisty Jade.

A naïve young woman and a Regency rake fall in love amidst ghosts, murder and mayhem in nineteenth century London.

This author has managed to combine my favorite genres beautifully in this book. Gideon is much more than the dissipated rake that Sir Mitchell describes. He takes his responsibilities seriously and mourns the loss of so much of his family. Jade is a bit naïve but learns very quickly. Her romance with Gideon is incredibly passionate, and the danger both of them are in adds to the suspense. The other characters are equally well described, especially the youngest sister Sian. The mystery of who murdered Sir Mitchell is intriguing, even though the late baronet is not a sympathetic character, even in death, being bossy and intrusive. The author brings Regency London to life in this story from ton parties to the smells in the streets and on the docks. Her description of the demimonde is also very well done. I found myself enjoying each and every page of this book and was very sorry to come to the last page. Ms. Kelley is now on the list of my favorite authors.

Maura
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