Lady of A Thousand Treasures: A Review.

Lady of a Thousand Treasures

by Sandra Byrd

Publication Date: October 9, 2018

Tyndale House Publishers

Hardcover, Paperback, & eBook; 480 Pages

Series: The Victorian Ladies Series, #1

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

Miss Eleanor Sheffield is a talented evaluator of antiquities, trained to know the difference between a genuine artifact and a fraud. But with her father’s passing and her uncle’s decline into dementia, the family business is at risk. In the Victorian era, unmarried Eleanor cannot run Sheffield Brothers alone.

The death of a longtime client, Baron Lydney, offers an unexpected complication when Eleanor is appointed the temporary trustee of the baron’s legendary collection. She must choose whether to donate the priceless treasures to a museum or allow them to pass to the baron’s only living son, Harry—the man who broke Eleanor’s heart.

Eleanor distrusts the baron’s motives and her own ability to be unbiased regarding Harry’s future. Harry claims to still love her and Eleanor yearns to believe him, but his mysterious comments and actions fuel her doubts. When she learns an Italian beauty accompanied him on his return to England, her lingering hope for a future with Harry dims.

With the threat of debtor’s prison closing in, Eleanor knows that donating the baron’s collection would win her favor among potential clients, saving Sheffield Brothers. But the more time she spends with Harry, the more her faith in him grows. Might Harry be worthy of his inheritance, and her heart, after all? As pressures mount and time runs out, Eleanor must decide whom she can trust—who in her life is false or true, brass or gold—and what is meant to be treasured.

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Praise for Lady of a Thousand Treasures

“Sandra Byrd’s amazing cast of characters and Victorian settings pull the reader right into the story. I became happily lost in this compelling, lovely book.” -Karen Harper, NYT bestselling author of The Royal Nanny

“Lady of a Thousand Treasures delivers mystery, romance, and suspense in a well-researched Victorian setting.” -Julie Klassen, bestselling author

“I’m always swept away by a Sandra Byrd novel, and Lady of a Thousand Treasures will be long remembered as one of Sandra’s best.” -Jane Kirkpatrick, NYT bestselling author of All She Left Behind

“Sandra Byrd is the rare writer whose evocative, prose grabs hold and doesn’t let go. The Victorian Ladies Series is off to a stunning start!” -Laura Frantz, author of The Lacemaker

“With stunning characters and impeccable research, Sandra Byrd has woven together an exquisite treasure hunt with an ending that will leave you breathless.” -Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Catching the Wind

“Sandra Byrd’s writing is an absolute piece of art! If I had to sum up this story all in one word, it would be satisfying.” -Michelle Griep, award-winning author of the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series


Sandra Byrd is one of those authors that when I hear is releasing a book, I get excited. I am seldom disappointed by her work–and by seldom, I mean, never thus far. She has written several books that presently have a home on my shelves. I am delighted to say this is one of them.

Without rehashing the plot again, I can honestly say that this is one of those books that draws you in from page one and does not let go of it until you’re done. Even then, you may find yourself going back and thinking about it, as I did. I think that is a mark of a good read, when the story sticks with you for a time after you’ve finished.

As you guys know, I love research. I love when an author has done it and clearly done it so well that it blends in seamlessly to the story making a delectable read. I’m all for it. The Victorian age is a time that requires that attention to detail because of the rules of society, the way people spoke and dressed, and lived. It enhances the experience when reading. Historical fiction and all of its sub-genres require that to make it interesting, else it reads flatly.

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the whole story and the pacing. I haven’t got a single complaint about that. I also loved all of the characters, finding them believable and vibrant. I love when they feel like old friends, if that makes sense. All in all, this makes for a sumptuous experience and I read this in a day. I could have taken my time but you get quite invested right away.

A very good read and I look forward to the next in the series!


About the Author

Bestselling author Sandra Byrd has published more than fifty books over her editing and writing career. Her traditionally published books include titles by Tyndale House Publishers, Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, WaterBrook Press, a Penguin Random House imprint, and Bethany House. She’s also an independent author.

Sandra’s series of historically sound Gothic romances launched with the best-selling Mist of Midnight, which earned a coveted Editor’s Choice award from the Historical Novel Society. The second book, Bride of a Distant Isle, has been selected by Romantic Times as a Top Pick. The third in the series, A Lady in Disguise, published in 2017 and was named by the American Library Association’s Booklist as one of the Top Ten Inspirational Fiction books of the year.

Her contemporary adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, which was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2011, and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012.

Please visit www.sandrabyrd.com to learn more or to invite Sandra to your book club via Skype. You can also connect with Sandra on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, October 9

Review at Pursuing Stacie

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Review at Faery Tales Are Real

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Review at A Bookish Affair

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Review at Donna’s Book Blog

Monday, October 15

Feature at The Lit Bitch

Review at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Tuesday, October 16

Feature at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Wednesday, October 17

Review at Among the Reads

Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Thursday, October 18

Review at A Darn Good Read

Friday, October 19

Review at Jorie Loves a Story

Monday, October 22

Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective

Tuesday, October 23

Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

Wednesday, October 24

Review at Library of Clean Reads

Thursday, October 25

Feature at Let Them Read Books

Friday, October 26

Interview at Among the Reads

Monday, October 29

Review at Maiden of the Pages

Tuesday, October 30

Review at A Chick Who Reads

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Review at Bibliophile Reviews

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Feature at Passages to the Past

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Wednesday, November 7

Review at The Book Mind

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Interview at Jorie Loves a Story


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Lies. (An ARC Review!)

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • Publish Date: September 11, 2018


A gripping new psychological thriller of secrets and revenge, perfect for fans of Harlan Coben and Tom Bale

When Joe Lynch stumbles across his wife driving into a hotel car park while she’s supposed to be at work, he’s intrigued enough to follow her in.

And when he witnesses her in an angry altercation with family friend Ben, he knows he ought to intervene.

But just as the confrontation between the two men turns violent, and Ben is knocked unconscious, Joe’s young son has an asthma attack – and Joe must flee in order to help him.

When he returns, desperate to make sure Ben is OK, Joe is horrified to find that Ben has disappeared.

And that’s when Joe receives the first message . . .

Gripping, unputdownable and packed with twists and turns from the first page to the very last, this stunning thriller will make you question whether we can ever really trust the ones we love . . .

I am not one to read books set in today’s day and age, nor do I often read mysteries. It’s a bit ironic since I have loved mystery series on television since I was a kid. (Murder, She Wrote, Columbo, Magnum P.I, Perry Mason, and Matlock. Law and Order SVU as well.) Seeing it on TV is one thing but I have a hard time picturing it in my head.

Well, let me tell you. I am a fan. This is a short review, I know. But this one of those books where if I tell you too much, you’ll probably think i”m a liar or you’ll sort it all out and I don’t want to disappoint you.

I will say that this is a mindblowing read. Whatever you think? It’ll change. If you figure it out before the book is done, then you’re a detective or Sherlock Holmes, haha. It is a truly brilliant read.

Mr. Logan has done what I thought was damn near impossible. He wrote in this present era and he kept my interest. Better than that, he kept me on my toes the entire time. I was intrigued, enthralled and quite frankly, awestruck by the time I got to the end.

I didn’t see it coming. I really and truly didn’t.

I did not expect that twist–or any of them, actually. I was quite delighted by how clever the author is. It was really a fascinating story and it leaves you thinking.

It makes you wonder if you really know people as well as you think.

TM Logan was born in Berkshire to an English father and a German mother. He studied at Queen Mary and Cardiff universities before becoming a national newspaper journalist. He currently works in communications and lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children.


Spotlight: Treacherous Is The Night.

  • Series: A Verity Kent Mystery (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Publish Date: September 25, 2018

In 1919 England, in the shadow of The Great War, many look to the spirit world for answers. But it will take an all too earthbound intrigue to draw in the discerning heroine of Anna Lee Huber’s latest mystery 
. . .

It’s not that Verity Kent doesn’t sympathize with those eager to make contact with lost loved ones. After all, she once believed herself a war widow. But now that she’s discovered Sidney is very much alive, Verity is having enough trouble connecting with her estranged husband, never mind the dead. Still, at a friend’s behest, Verity attends a seance, where she encounters the man who still looms between her and Sidney–and a medium who channels a woman Verity once worked with in the Secret Service. Refusing to believe her former fellow spy is dead, Verity is determined to uncover the source of the spiritualist’s top secret revelation.

Then the medium is murdered–and Verity’s investigation is suddenly thwarted. Even Secret Service agents she once trusted turn their backs on her. Undaunted, Verity heads to war-torn Belgium, with Sidney by her side. But as they draw ever closer to the danger, Verity wonders if she’s about to learn the true meaning of till death do us part . . .



anna_lee_huber_portrait_medium_facing_rightAnna Lee Huber is the Daphne award-winning author of the national bestselling Lady Darby Mysteries, the Verity Kent Mysteries, the Gothic Myths series, and the forthcoming anthology The Jacobite’s Watch. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in music and minored in psychology. She currently resides in Indiana with her family and is hard at work on her next novel. Visit her online at www.annaleehuber.com


Last Seen Alive: A Spotlight.



  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
  • Publish Date: June 26, 2018
  • Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

One woman is trapped in the death-grip of the past—and every one of its dark secrets—in this riveting novel of psychological suspense from the award-winning author of The Sisters and Local Girl Missing.

She can run…

As much as Libby Hall needs a vacation, she’s never considered taking one until she sees the note for a house swap. Suffering a miscarriage was a personal turning point. Saving a child from a burning school was a public one. Just as the emotional fallout of both incidents takes its toll, along comes her lifesavers—the Heywoods, a couple in need of a getaway of their own.

But she can’t hide…

Libby and her husband Jamie can’t believe their good fortune when they arrive at the Heywood’s isolated seaside estate with its panoramic views—and just in exchange for their drab two-bedroom apartment. How generous of the Heywoods! Yet how odd. Libby almost feels guilty until the home yields disquieting surprises: a fortune in hidden surveillance equipment, a stranger in the garden who watches them, and the make-shift operating room in the basement…

Because someone knows her secret…

When Jamie falls dangerously ill, all Libby wants is to return to their comfortably imperfect lives. But it’s already too late. Libby has just discovered the Heywoods’ biggest secret. And when it appears that even Jamie is hiding something from her, Libby’s paranoia gets the best of her. It should. For she has buried secrets of her own. As the past comes crawling out of the darkness, Libby fears she’s walked into an elaborate trap. But who has set it? What do they want of her? And what is she willing to risk to make it out alive…?


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“Thrillingly tense and twisty, a great read.”  (B. A. Paris, the bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors)

“Just finished Last Seen Alive . . . it’s so twisty, turning and grippy. Highly recommend it!  (Gilly Macmillan, the bestselling author of What She Knew)

“Fast-paced and chock-full of twists, Last Seen Alive is both absorbing and gripping. After reading it you’ll never dream of a house swap again.” (Paula Daly, author of The Mistake I Made)


Mysterious Monday.

I thought it might be fun to feature some upcoming mysteries that are going to be released this month. 😀 I am branching out a bit and trying some different genres that I think may of be of interest. I’ve always loved mystery television shows, so I figured, why imgnot try an actual mystery book? I mean, since I was a little girl, who spent afternoons darkwing_duckhome with her Grandmother before I had to go to school. Magnum P.I, Murder, She Wrote, Matlock, Perry Mason, Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers. Wait, the last one doesn’t count? Fine, how about Darkwing Duck?




9781250152978“A taut, suspenseful, and complex murder mystery with gorgeous period detail.”—Susan Elia MacNeal

Through her exquisite prose, sharp observation and deft plotting, Mariah Fredericks invites us into the heart of a changing New York in her remarkable debut adult novel.

New York City, 1910. Invisible until she’s needed, Jane Prescott has perfected the art of serving as a ladies’ maid to the city’s upper echelons. When she takes up a position with the Benchley family, dismissed by the city’s elite as “new money”, Jane realizes that while she may not have financial privilege, she has a power they do not—she understands the rules of high society. The Benchleys cause further outrage when their daughter Charlotte becomes engaged to notorious playboy Norrie, the son of the eminent Newsome family.

But when Norrie is found murdered at a party, Jane discovers she is uniquely positioned—she’s a woman no one sees, but who witnesses everything; who possesses no social power, but that of fierce intellect—and therefore has the tools to solve his murder. There are many with grudges to bear: from the family Norrie was supposed to marry into, to the survivors of a tragic accident in a mine owned by the Newsomes, to the rising anarchists who are sick of those born into wealth getting away with anything they want. Jane also knows that in both high society and the city’s underbelly, morals can become cheap in the wrong hands: scandal and violence simmer just beneath the surface—and can break out at any time.


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ALost Books and Old Bones delightful new mystery featuring bookseller and amateur sleuth Delaney Nichols, set in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Delaney Nichols, originally of Kansas but settling happily into her new life as a bookseller in Edinburgh, works at the Cracked Spine in the heart of town. The shop is a place filled with curiosities and surprises tucked into every shelf, and it’s Delaney’s job to research the rare tomes and obscure artifacts that people come to buy and sell. When her new friends, also students at the medical school, come to the shop to sell a collection of antique medical books, Delaney knows she’s stumbled across a rare and important find indeed. Her boss, Edwin MacAlister, agrees to buy the multivolume set, perhaps even to keep for his own collection.

But not long after the sale, one of Delaney’s new friends is found murdered in the alley behind the Cracked Spine, and she wonders if there is some nefarious connection between the origin of these books and the people whose hands they fell into. Delaney takes it upon herself to help bring the murderer to justice. During her investigation, Delaney she finds some old scalpels in the bookshop’s warehouse—she and discovers that they belonged to a long-dead doctor whose story and ties to the past crimes of Burke and Hare might be connected to the present-day murder. It’s all Delaney can do to race to solve this crime before time runs out and she ends up in a victim on the slab herself.


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9781250109392The second book in a delightful new English village mystery series set in the Yorkshire Dales.

When a pensioner turns up at the Dales Detective Agency and tells Samson O’Brien that someone in her old people’s home is trying to kill her, he dismisses her fears as the ramblings of a confused elderly lady. But after several disturbing incidents at Fellside Court, he begins to wonder if perhaps there is something malicious at the heart of the retirement community after all.

With Christmas around the corner, Samson is thrown into an investigation that will require all of his detective skills. He also needs the help of the tempestuous Delilah Metcalfe in order to infiltrate the local community, which Samson turned his back on so long ago. Against the background of a Yorkshire winter, Samson and Delilah must work together to uncover the malevolence that is threatening the lives of Bruncliffe’s senior citizens; a malevolence that will come perilously close to home.


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Spotlight: #MurderAtHalfMoonGate

cover132142-mediumPublisher: Kensington Books
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Publish Date: March 28, 2018

A wealthy lord who happens to be a brilliant scientist . . . an enigmatic young widow who secretly pens satirical cartoons . . . a violent killing disguised as a robbery . . . Nothing is as it seems in Regency London, especially when the Earl of Wrexford and Charlotte Sloane join forces to solve a shocking murder.

When Lord Wrexford discovers the body of a gifted inventor in a dark London alley, he promptly alerts the watchman and lets the authorities handle the matter. But Wrexford soon finds himself drawn into the murder investigation when the inventor’s widow begs for his assistance, claiming the crime was not a random robbery. It seems her husband’s designs for a revolutionary steam-powered engine went missing the night of his death. The plans could be worth a fortune . . . and very dangerous in the wrong hands.

Joining Wrexford in his investigation is Charlotte Sloane, who uses the pseudonym A. J. Quill to publish her scathing political cartoons. Her extensive network of informants is critical for her work, but she doesn’t mind tapping that same web of spies to track down an elusive killer. Each suspect—from ambitious assistants to rich investors, and even the inventor’s widow—is entwined in a maze of secrets and lies that leads Wrexford and Sloane down London’s most perilous stews and darkest alleyways.

With danger lurking at every turn, the potent combination of Wrexford’s analytical mind and Sloane’s exacting intuition begins to unravel the twisted motivations behind the inventor’s death. But they are up against a cunning and deadly foe—a killer ready to strike again before they can recover the inventor’s priceless designs . . .

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untitled-1xandrea-penroselo-resAndrea Penrose is a pseudonym for an author who has also written as Cara Elliott for Grand Central and Andrea Pickens for NAL. Her historical mysteries and romance novels are set in Regency England, an era that has fascinated her ever since she picked up a copy of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

A graduate of Yale, she has won numerous writing awards, including two Daphne Du Maurier Awards for historical mystery, the Golden Leaf, and she’s been a three-time finalist for the prestigious RITA Award. Her books have been translated into nine different languages.


Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Seek {A Review}



I think anyone who is willing to take on a classic book and write a sequel of sorts is a brave soul. Those loyal to the classic seldom find a sequel as worthy. I feel that way about Untitled-4‘Scarlett’, ‘Rhett Butler’s People’ and ‘Ruth’s Journey’, the three Gone With The Wind sequels. But I do find myself curious to read them nonetheless. There has to be someone out there who can write a sequel that is good. Right?

Now, I read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde when I was…8 or 9. I was a voracious reader as a kid and I thoroughly remember enjoying it and finding it fascinating. That a man would create this formula to become someone else! And then that someone, Mr. Hyde, being so horrid, so terrible; a true blight on the world. It seemed so strange to me and mind-blowing. I always wondered if it could be done in real life. (Such is the mind of a child.) Of course, I know now that such an event couldn’t occur, but it did stay on my mind for a long while.

I must give Anthony O’Neill the props he so rightly deserves. He was able to evoke the same sort of Gothic feel one gets from reading the original. His descriptions were rich and it really brought you back to the 19th century where the story took place. There was something marvelous about he also made us feel everything that Utterson was going through–and you can imagine that was a lot! He was about to come into ownership of Jekyll’s possessions, since he would soon be declared legally dead since he was missing for seven years. He planned to move into his old friend’s house and to rent his house out to a widow and her son.

Then, all of a sudden, an impostor shows up. At least, that’s what Utterson thinks and he sets out to prove it. However, he’s met with a great deal of resistance, as all of his friends and even Mr. Poole, Jekyll’s old butler, fall under his spell and are convinced that it is the man himself. The fury, the frustration are all at a fever pitch and you really feel for him. To further add to the trouble, bodies begin to pile up. Utterson’s quiet, calm world is once again in shambles.tumblr_mn08zy4szy1qb6ikpo10_r1_250 He goes to some truly extreme lengths to prove that this man is not Jekyll–and when I say extreme, I mean, extreme. Be prepared to step into a man’s mind as he begins to lose it. That’s only a minor spoiler–I’m not telling you all what he does. (Seriously, read the book. You’ll find your mouth in a shape like mine was. To quote Quicksilver from Avengers: Age of Ultron: “You didn’t see that coming!”)

It’s never quite concluded if it was an impostor or not; so it does beg the question, is it possible that Jekyll has indeed returned? But if you’ve read the original, we know he [Hyde] died. Or did he? Did he somehow make it possible to split into two? There’s a lot of questions. I was quite intrigued…and as I was a child, I am full of questions. That’s a sign of a good read to me.


Anthony O’Neill was born in Melbourne but has since moved to Edinburgh. He is the author of Scheherazade, The Lamplighter, The Empire of Eternity, The Unscratchables, and The Dark Side. Film rights to The Dark Side have recently been purchased by 20th Century Fox for development by Oscar winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian.




I’d give it ★★★ stars.

Additional Notes:

  • I received this e-book from NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
  • I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Look up the Jekyll & Hyde soundtrack on Spotify/YouTube. It adds a certain something to the reading experience.

It’s elementary, my dear Watson!


I have to admit, I was late to the Sherlock Holmes fandom. It was only at the insistence

Martin Freeman & Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘The Abominable Bride’

of my friend Gabriella that I watched the BBC series with Benedict Cumberbatch. After that, I was hooked. I have since endeavored to read the original series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and enjoy them immensely.

I found that others have written books with the curious detective and some have even written from Moriarty’s perspective, which is fantastic. He’s a brilliant character and the best nemesis that I’ve encountered in a book. I confess, the TV show has made me picture Benedict, Martin Freeman and Andrew Scott as Sherlock, Dr. Watson and Moriarty respectively. I don’t think I’m alone in that though.

I never quite got into Elementary with Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu–though Natalie Dormer as Irene Adler/Moriarty is brilliant. I watched those episodes. But I would like to think one can truly call me a fan of the consulting detective.

Now, I’ll have to look for the first book, but author Bonnie MacBird has a new release in October! It’s her second in her Sherlock series. It looks like it’ll be a fantastic read.



The new novel from the author of Art in the Blood. December 1889. Fresh from debunking a “ghostly” hound in Dartmoor, Sherlock Holmes has returned to London, only to find himself the target of a deadly vendetta.

A beautiful client arrives with a tale of ghosts, kidnapping and dynamite on a whisky estate in Scotland, but brother Mycroft trumps all with an urgent assignment in the South of France.

On the fabled Riviera, Holmes and Watson encounter treachery, explosions, rival French Detective Jean Vidocq… and a terrible discovery. This propels the duo northward to the snowy highlands. There, in a “haunted” castle and among the copper dinosaurs of a great whisky distillery, they and their young client face mortal danger, and Holmes realizes all three cases have blended into a single, deadly conundrum.

In order to solve the mystery, the ultimate rational thinker must confront a ghost from his own past. But Sherlock Holmes does not believe in ghosts…or does he?



o4o3gndBonnie MacBird was born and raised in San Francisco and attended Stanford University where she earned a BA in Music and an MA in Film. Her long Hollywood career includes feature film development exec at Universal, the original screenplay for the movie TRON, three Emmy Awards for documentary writing/producing, eleven Cine Golden Eagles for scripted and documentary work, numerous produced plays and musicals, and theatre credits as an actor and director. ART IN THE BLOOD, her first Sherlock Holmes novel, written in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle , was published in 2015 to great acclaim. She teaches a popular screenwriting class at UCLA Extension and is a regular speaker on writing, creativity, and Sherlock Holmes. She lives in Los Angeles, with frequent trips to London.


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Review: Incurable

by E.C. Moore

Publication Date: July 6, 2015
BookTrope Publishing
eBook; 360 Pages

Genre: Historical Suspense/Literary

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Her menacing past was loose and in close pursuit. The fear of the thing lived in her eyes, and trepidation sounded with each step her heels made as she fled…

Los Angeles 1956—Marilyn Palmer is a beauty with a deep dark secret. After a threatening note from a blackmailer arrives she hires a private eye to help keep her unsavory past under wraps.

Incurable is a story wrought with impetuous and regrettable decisions made by a desperate young woman. Barely eighteen years old, and a gifted seamstress, she makes the ill-fated decision to run away from her Detroit home with a wily friend. Bound for Hollywood, and seeking stardom, the girls set out on an incredible journey.

This splendidly imagined debut explores the tumultuous life and times of a woman who suffered the ultimate betrayal as a child during the Great Depression. A story of survival set against the backdrop of early Hollywood, misery on Hotel Street in Honolulu before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and heartbreak in Los Angeles during WWII, Incurable delivers an emotional intensity rarely found.


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Blast Off with S.K Rizzolo!

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Please join S.K. Rizzolo as she tours the blogosphere for the John Chase Regency Mystery Series Book Blast, from November 3-16, and be entered to win all three books in the trilogy!

The Rose in the Wheel (Book One)

Publication Date: January 1, 2002
Poisoned Pen Press
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Series: John Chase Mystery Series (Book One)
Genre: Historical Mystery/Regency

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This well imagined, carefully detailed, and cleverly plotted debut draws on actual historical events of 1811 London.

Regency London knows Constance Tyrone as the conspicuously celibate founder of the St. Catherine Society, dedicated to helping poor women. One wet November evening a carriage mows down Constance outside her office. Curiously, while her corpse’s one foot is bare, the other is shod in a clean satin slipper despite the muddy road. Why was a gentlewoman abroad in the night? And if she died under the wheel, whose hands bruised her neck and stole her monogrammed crucifix?

Dismissing the idea of an accident, Bow Street Runner John Chase forms an unlikely alliance with Penelope Wolfe, wife of the chief suspect. A young mother paying the price for an imprudent marriage, Penelope is eager to clear her husband Jeremy, a feckless portrait painter whose salacious drawings of the victim suggest an erotic interest. Chase’s first task is to learn the identity of the mysterious benefactor who goes bail for Wolfe while Penelope traces the victim’s last movements. Barrister Edward Buckler, intrigued, shakes off his habitual lethargy and joins their investigation.

As horrifying murders on the Ratcliffe Highway claim all London’s attention, the trio discovers that it won’t be easy to unravel the enigma of Constance Tyrone, a woman who revives the legend of martyred St. Catherine.

Blood for Blood (Book Two)

Publication Date: April 15, 2003
Poisoned Pen Press
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Series: John Chase Mystery Series (Book Two)
Genre: Historical Mystery/Regency

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In the spring of 1812, the Luddites are on the march, Lord Byron is taking London drawing rooms by storm, and Penelope Wolfe has become a lady’s companion. When one of the footmen turns up dead with a knife to the heart, Penelope and Bow Street Runner John Chase are entangled in a web of family secrets and political conspiracy that stretches far beyond luxurious St. James’s Square.

With the help of barrister Edward Buckler, Chase follows the trail of a mysterious mad woman caught peeping in the window at the corpse. Penelope struggles to fit into the fashionable world, encountering people who hide resentment and deceit under smooth smiles.

Set against a backdrop of millennial fervor with thousands awaiting the end of the world, BLOOD FOR BLOOD explores the simple truth that every drop of blood spilled will be avenged.

Die I Will Not (Book Three)

Publication Date: November 4, 2014
Poisoned Pen Press
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback

Series: John Chase Mystery Series (Book Three)
Genre: Historical Mystery/Regency

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Unhappy wife and young mother Penelope Wolfe fears scandal for her family and worse. A Tory newspaper editor has been stabbed while writing a reply to the latest round of letters penned by a firebrand calling himself Collatinus. Twenty years before, her father, the radical Eustace Sandford, wrote as Collatinus before he fled London just ahead of accusations of treason and murder. A mysterious beauty closely connected to Sandford and known only as N.D. had been brutally slain, her killer never punished. The seditious new Collatinus letters that attack the Prince Regent in the press also seek to avenge N.D.’s death and unmask her murderer. What did the journalist know that provoked his death?

Her artist husband Jeremy is no reliable ally, so Penelope turns anew to lawyer Edward Buckler and Bow Street Runner John Chase. As she battles public notoriety, Buckler and Chase put their careers at risk to stand behind her while pursuing various lines of inquiry aimed at N.D.’s murderer, a missing memoir, Royal scandal, and the dead editor’s missing wife. As they navigate the dark underbelly of Regency London among a cast driven by dirty politics and dark passions, as well as by decency and a desire for justice, past secrets and present criminals are exposed, upending Penelope’s life and the lives of others.

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About the Author

S.K. Rizzolo is a longtime Anglophile and history enthusiast. Set in Regency England, The Rose in the Wheel and Blood for Blood are the first two novels in her series about a Bow Street Runner, an unconventional lady, and a melancholic barrister. An English teacher, Rizzolo has earned an M.A. in literature and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

For more information please visit S.K. Rizzolo’s website. You can also find her on Facebook and Goodreads.

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