Morrow, Mar 2003, 24.95, 448 pp.
Charles Fraser met and married Melanie when they worked cloak and dagger against supporters of Napoleon on the continent. After four years of danger, the couple accompanied by their two children comes to London to take their place amongst the Ton. Now in the safety of post war England, Melanie wonders if her spouse has doubts about their relationship and loves Honoria Talbot who shockingly is marrying Charles' widowed father Kenneth.
A cohort from their espionage days, Francisco Doro, notifies Charles and Melanie that he wants to meet them. They rendezvous only to have a sniper kill Francisco and wound Charles. Managing to escape this trap, the duo remains caught in the middle of deadly intrigue involving their past and his family.
Beneath THE SILENT MOON is a tremendous Regency suspense thriller that contains some romance elements, but the exhilarating story line focuses on the intrigue. The return of the Frasers in a prequel (see DAUGHTER OF THE GAME) will delight readers as the couple retains their mystery and charm though more doubts about their relationship exists this time then in last year's novel. Tracy Grant provides richly textured historical intrigue that brings to life London just after the Napoleonic Wars.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner