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ISBN# 0-06-087295-0
November 2006
Avon Books
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
Mass Market Paperback
384 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Kate Simon escaped her brother and a forced marriage. She is making her way to her aunt in London and to her solicitor to claim her inheritance. She is forced to dress in boy’s clothes and masquerade as a tailor’s apprentice to get to her destination, but a snow storm, a murder and a handsome earl all conspire to keep her at The Dragon’s Tale.

Christian Black, Earl of Canley, is on a mission to save his friend’s reputation. An unscrupulous newsman has stolen Anthony’s journal and threatens to expose certain indiscretions. Christian is determined to steal it back, but becomes distracted by a very attractive young lady disguised as a boy.

A murder at a roadside inn during a snowstorm brings a roguish earl and a runaway miss together in ways that they never expected. Each helps the other to their destination and to love.

This book combines two of my favorite genres, historical romance and mystery, and does it very well. A blizzard adds to the “locked room” sensation of the murder of an unlikable young man. The author deftly uses the situation to allow the reader to get to know Kate and Christian. Kate is brave and determined, in spite of all that has happened to her. Christian has also survived a less than happy childhood and is struggling to find himself. His father is a horrible person. The other travelers at the inn are a colorful bunch from the crazy inventor to the lascivious Olivia and her companion. The romance between Kate and Christian is wonderfully written and I will definitely be looking for more books by this author.

Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance
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