India Black and the Rajah’s Ruby
(Madam of Espionage Mysteries .5)
Berkley (December 31, 2012)
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India Black goes undercover in this short story that is a prequel to the rest of stories.
India is working for Mother Moore and she has become to favorite to many gents. When one of her favorites asks for her assistance she just can’t turn him down. She accompanies him on a week long trip to the country where he will meet with a wealthy American. He hopes India’s special talents will get him to agree the the business deal he has in mind. She is surprised to learn the American is in possession of the Rajah’s Ruby. She is even more surprised when the ruby disappears at the same time as her favorite gent.
I love this series and really enjoyed this novella that gives us more of India’s background and how she came to be the madam of Lotus House. India Black is a unique character and Carol Carr fleshes her out for us wonderfully. Before this series I was not much of a fan of historical mysteries but this author writes in a way that takes us right there in the moment. The last installment of this series, India Black and the Widow of Windsor, made by Best of 2011 list for a very good reason. All of these stories are excellent.
If this series is new to you this is the perfect time to read it. Start with this short story and then continue with India Black and India Black and the Widow of Windsor. India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy hits stores February 5, 2013. You will not be disappointed.
Find out more about Carol K. Carr here.
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