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  • Death of a Courtesan Riley Rochester Investigates Book 2

    Death of a Courtesan: Riley Rochester Investigates Book 2

    London 1870 Detective Inspector Rochester—Lord Riley Rochester—of Scotland Yard’s Detective Department and his sergeant, Jack Salter, are called to a high-end brothel to investigate the murder of one of its inhabitants. Her throat has been cut from ear to ear after the customers had left for the night and the doors had been locked, and no one admits to hearing a thing.

    As Riley and Jack delve into the beautiful young victim’s background and the reasons for her fall into prostitution, an increasing number of suspects with compelling reasons for wanting her dead emerge. Riley is astounded to discover that his nemesis, Chief Inspector Danforth, is one of the brothel’s regular visitors. He was there on the night of the murder, spent an hour alone with the victim and must be viewed as a suspect. Riley could be forgiven for revelling in Danforth’s downfall after all the insults he has suffered at the chief inspector’s hands, but his concern is for the reputation of the Detective Department as a whole and so he does all he can to shield Danforth from public derision.

    Unsurprised by the depths of depravity some men willingly sink to in order to find gratification, Riley is unprepared for the damage that could be done to the reputation of his own family if he doesn’t get to the truth. But at what cost to his personal ambitions…

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  • Death of a Debutante Riley Rochester Investigates Book 1

    Death of a Debutante: Riley Rochester Investigates Book 1

    In 1870s London, Scotland Yard’s famous Detective Department is still in its infancy. Surrounded on all sides by critics and detractors, it has yet to earn its reputation. Lord Riley Rochester, younger son of a marquess, works as one of its first detective inspectors—but his uniformed colleagues view him with suspicion and his immediate superior resents all he stands for. With his career choice frowned upon by his own social class, Riley has his work cut out proving himself. Attacked on all sides, Riley’s only respite comes in the form of attractive widow, Amelia Cosgrove, and his effervescent niece, Sophia.

    When a debutante is murdered in the home of Lord Ashton, a man who considers his position and reputation as a fragile framework for his ambitions, Riley’s vengeful superior hands him the investigation, hoping to see him fail. As Riley and his sergeant, Jack Salter, delve into the circumstances surrounding Emily Ferguson’s death, it quickly becomes apparent that his own class expect him to exonerate its members from all blame. But the murder was committed at a society event, and Riley’s conscience won’t allow him to ignore the evidence that points to one of the guests—or hosts—being the killer.

    With Salter proving himself increasingly indispensable and Amelia unofficially helping with some of the more sensitive issues, Riley quickly discovers that the case is anything but straightforward. Everyone appears to have something to hide and no one seems to be telling him the whole truth. Fending off a mother determined to see Riley married and abandoning his career, and with Sophia clamouring for his attention, Riley is run ragged. Tempers fray as a heatwave holds London in its sweltering grasp and when a second death occurs, Riley fears he may be incapable of preventing a terrible miscarriage of justice.

    As the tension escalates, Riley comes under increasing pressure to solve both murders. Will he and Jack manage to uncover the true identity of the killer without endangering those whom Riley holds most dear…

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  • Loyal to the Duke Ducal Encounters Series 4 Vol 5

    Loyal to the Duke: Ducal Encounters Series 4 Book 5

    When Noah Coleridge accepts the position of lord lieutenant, a figure of authority responsible for law and order in Basingstoke and beyond, he is unprepared for the level of unrest that exists in the region. Unsure whom to trust, he turns to Zachary Sheridan, the Duke of Winchester, for advice.

    Zach is celebrating the birth of his fifth child and looking forward to spending time with his extended family over the Easter period. Aware of the rumblings of discontent in Basingstoke that could easily spill over into Winchester, he helps Noah to negotiate the tangle of dissatisfaction left behind by the disgraced Lord Basingstoke.

    Farrah Leighton, a friend of Lady Katrina Sheridan, is invited to spend Easter at Winchester Park. Still smarting after being jilted by the man she’d intended to marry, she has little time for affairs of the heart and no interest in matrimony. She admires the suave and sophisticated Noah Coleridge but will never trust any gentleman’s assurances ever again.

    When Farrah’s former intended appears unexpectedly in Winchester, Farrah is dragged into Noah’s problems, with devastating consequences. Noah, torn between duty and his growing interest in Farrah, finds himself the victim of a cruel deception. Caught up in a deadly trap, he must find a way to escape if he is to have any chance of saving Farrah from a forced abduction and restore order to the district…

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  • Beyond the Duke’s Domain: Ducal Encounters Series 4 Book 4

    Within the safe environment of the Duke of Winchester’s opulent estate, Ariana is finally reunited with her brother Raphael, a situation that Amos, the duke’s brother, worked relentlessly to bring about.

    Ariana and Raph barely have time to become reacquainted before learning that the man responsible for forcibly bringing Ariana and her sister to England is still plying his trade. Amos and Raph agree that he must be stopped, but without exposing Ariana to danger.

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  • On the Duke's Authority Ducal Encounters Series 4 Book 3

    On the Duke’s Authority: Ducal Encounters Series 4 Book 3

    Zac, the Duke of Winchester, and his brothers rescue Lady Leona Marlowe from the unwelcome attentions of the man pursuing her and take her to the safety of Winchester Park. Frankie, Zac’s duchess, knew Leona years previously but the young girl she recalls is now an attractive widow being persecuted by her late-husband’s relations.

    Doran Conroy accepts Lord Vincent’s invitation to visit Winchester in the hope of interesting Zac in his Irish timber trade. A trade that is being hampered by a legal battle over boundaries. When Doran encounters Leona, already installed at the Park, and discovers that she is the owner of the disputed right of way, his suspicions rage full-scale warfare with his instinctive attraction towards the beguiling widow. Stranded at the Park in the grips of a bitter winter, Doran can’t decide if Leona is ambitiously vindictive or herself a victim of fraud.

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  • Masquerading with the Duke Ducal Encounters Series 4 Book 2

    Masquerading with the Duke: Ducal Encounters Series 4 Book 2

    Summer 1826

    Tired of having his loyalties constantly questioned as a consequence of his father’s nefarious activities during the war with Napoleon, Jared Braden resigns from the diplomatic service and returns to England during one of the longest heatwaves in living memory. He purchases a rundown estate close to the home of Redrow, the cunning individual he suspects of being the real traitor working against British interests.

    Martina Sanchez-Gomez, one of two Spanish refugees rescued from an uncertain future by Lord Amos Sheridan, leaves her position in the Redrow household without explanation. She joins her sister at Winchester Park, the opulent home of Zachary Sheridan, the Duke of Winchester, where she is thrown together with Jared in a most unexpected manner. Martina feels an immediate connection to the duke’s handsome new neighbour. When she discovers that they both have reasons to dislike Redrow, Martina explains to Jared why she left the man’s employ.

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  • As the Duke's Agent: Ducal Encounters Series 4 Book 1

    As the Duke’s Agent: Ducal Encounters Series 4 Book 1

    Still bearing the scars of a brutal yet mercifully short marriage, Laura Hedley, left independently wealthy, accepts an invitation from her friend Frankie, the Duchess of Winchester, to stay at Winchester Park while she considers settling in the district. But trouble follows close on her heels in the form of her disgruntled stepson who thinks that Laura has stolen his rightful inheritance.

    Lord Simeon Pallister is convinced that his brother Albert’s murder was arranged by the adulterous wife whom Albert was threatening to divorce. Simeon seeks the duke’s help to track down the perpetrators. Lord Amos, the duke’s brother, sees an opportunity to exorcise his personal demons by helping Simeon to find justice, unaware that it will involve taking partial responsibility for Laura’s problems too.

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  • Protecting the Duke's Interests Ducal Encounters Series 3 Book 6

    Protecting the Duke’s Interests: Ducal Encounters Series 3 Book 6

    With her brother away on his wedding journey, Ruby Bancroft comes to stay at Winchester Park as a guest of the duke and duchess, where sparks fly as she renews her friendship with Harry Darwin.

    Meanwhile there are forces at work against the duke, seeking to right perceived wrongs. An
    unscrupulous person looks to exploit Ruby in her brother’s absence with a plot that will bankrupt Harry and destroy the duke’s reputation forever. He sets about entangling her and Harry in a web of intrigue involving gambling dens and orphaned girls smuggled into Winchester from various
    European countries for disreputable purposes. But the mysterious figure who controls matters
    reckon without the ingenuity of two of his captives. Will those captives be able to escape a fate
    worse than death, and will the timely reappearance of a beloved family member be enough to save
    the day…

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  • Supporting the Duke Ducal Encounters Series 3 Book 5

    Supporting the Duke: Ducal Encounters Series 3 Book 5

    After the death of his father, Elijah Bancroft returns from India to take up residence at Highclere, situated on the boundary with Winchester Park, the home of Zachary Sheridan, Duke of Winchester. Bancroft brings with him his younger sister—and a family secret big enough to trouble the government of the day. He seeks the duke’s help to establish himself and right some old wrongs.

    Meanwhile agitators stir up unrest in the district. Joseph Phelton, an idealist and poet suffering from an unrequited love for the duchess’s niece Jessica, drunkenly accepts a commission that could destroy Zach’s happiness in a single cruel blow. Elijah’s eyes are drawn to Jessica too, and he vows to protect her as he struggles to clear his family name and restore his reputation.

    Is Elijah stretching himself to thin? And can the duke and his brothers prevent a plot that could strike at the heart of the Sheridan family…

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  • By Order of the Duke Ducal Encounters Series 3 Book 4

    By Order of the Duke: Ducal Encounters Series 3 Book 4

    When Georgia Hadleigh falls from her horse in a blizzard she is rescued by Ezra Rutherford, a neighbour who has just returned from Jamaica to take charge of his late father’s English estate. The Hadleighs and the Rutherfords have been embroiled in a bitter feud which has lasted for so long that nobody can recall the reason for it. In an act of spite and retaliation, Georgia’s father has cut off the vital water supply that leads to the Rutherford estate.

    Aware of a mutual attraction, Georgia and Ezra are determined to put an end to the unpleasantness. Meanwhile Zachary Sheridan, the Duke of Winchester, has asked Ezra to help with a problem that is vital to the well-being of the nation—a problem that appears to involve Georgia’s father.

    With Georgia all but promised in marriage, and with the search for a fugitive from justice centring on one of Hadleigh’s remote cottages, can Georgia and Ezra end the feud, restore Ezra’s water supply and chase the fugitive to ground? And while they’re doing all this, will they give in to the all-consuming passion that has grown between them—a passion that defies their combined attempts to ignore it…

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  • Impugning the Duke's Honour Ducal Encounters Series 3 Book 3

    Impugning the Duke’s Honour: Ducal Encounters Series 3 Book 3

    Odilia Sutherland is delighted to receive an invitation to visit the Duke and Duchess of Winchester at their magnificent country estate. Meanwhile, the duke has arranged for Irish artist Carrick Brennan to stay with the family while he paints a portrait of the duchess and her children.

    When Odilia and Carrick meet, the chemistry is immediate and obvious. But he is the son of an Irish pig farmer and she is a member of the aristocracy who is all but promised in marriage to the odious Earl of Basingstoke, an old enemy of the duke’s family. It seems that Basingstoke will stop at nothing to win Odilia’s hand, and he is also working on a devious plan to dishonour the duke by impugning his reputation and destroying his standing in the local community.

    With strong forces ranged against them, can the duke’s family resist the cunning Basingstoke, or will they be forced to face a humiliating future as he snatches the reins of power from the duke and ruins Odilia’s life forever…

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  • Dedicated to the Duke Ducal Encounters Series 3 Book 2

    Dedicated to the Duke: Ducal Encounters Series 3 Book 2

    Miranda Delaney—Mia—is to spend the summer with her cousin Frankie, the Duchess of Winchester, at the Park, the duke’s palatial country estate. But the pleasure she would otherwise have taken at leaving London and freeing herself from her mother’s cloying supervision is married by the knowledge that she will be expected to select a husband from amongst the ranks of Frankie’s influential friends in order to raise her own family’s prospects.

    Meanwhile Adler, the duke’s long-serving right-hand man, has family problems of his own. When he takes a leave of absence from his position for the first time ever, the duke becomes concerned after difficulties begin to arise on the estate. Could Adler responsible for creating them?

    Mia is out of her depth mixing in such exulted company, and is drawn to Adler, with whom she can share her resentments and fears. She could so easily lose her heart to him, but when he brings a mystery woman to the estate she is forced to accept that his affections are engaged elsewhere. But all is not as it seems, and when Mia finds herself in a life-threatening situation, she discovers a well of courage she had been unaware she possessed. Adler rushes to her rescue, but will he be in time? And what can he do about his intended when he finds himself falling in love with Mia…

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