Ivy, May 2004, 6.99
In 1805 actress, Ginny Highgate flees the abuse of her lover Lord Quentin “Damage” Randall hoping to find solace with her birth name Mary Harris and her birthplace in Ireland. She took teenager Johnny with her because Quentin's pal Carstairs was sodomizing the lad. At an inn still in England, Quentin catches up to her. When scholarly aristocrat Stephen Strathmore intercedes on Mary's behalf, Quentin shoots him. Carstairs cleans up the mess by setting fire to the inn. Stephen's son Devlin is devastated when the news reaches him at school that his parents are dead and assumed so is his sister.
In 1817, Devlin has gathered enough information about the deaths of his family to know that Damage, Carstairs the Pervert and a third pal killed them. He pretends to be a wastrel so that he can befriend his enemies, but panics when Aunt Augusta's companion sends him a note that she is very ill. He rushes to see his aunt, but he finds her healthy. Angry he takes Elizabeth Carlisle to task though he also admires her loyalty to her employer. He soon falls in love with Elizabeth who reciprocates his feelings, but first there is the matter of three killers.
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner