Sonnet, Dec 2002, 6.99, 369 pp.
In 1897 Scotland Yard detective Inspector Mick Dunbar feels ancient on his thirty-sixth birthday. However, just because he thinks he is old it has nothing to do with him handling a case. When Miss Sophie Haversham informs him that she has seen a murder while lying in bed Mick figures she suffered a nightmare, a birthday gaga gift, or is just a lunatic. Sophie realizes she does not need her power to forecast the future to see he disbelieves her. After she explains and he stops laughing out loud, Mick asks who is this unfortunate future victim? Sophia responds “you” and warns him to stay away from Victoria Embankment Gardens.
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Mick changes his mind somewhat when an unknown assailant takes a shot at him while he crosses the Victoria Embankment Gardens. He blames Sophie for the attempt and begins to investigate her including her Aunt Violet whose house is where she lives. However, as Mick makes inquiries his skepticism begins to change into a belief that the woman he now loves has psychic powers even as he fears for her safety
NOT SO INNOCENT is a delightful late Victorian paranormal police procedural romance that readers from both genres will enjoy. The story line absorbs the full attention of the audience as the doubting Mick and the sexy seer make a dynamic team. The investigation into a cop's murder is cleverly designed to entertain mystery fans while furthering the relationship between the lead couple. Hopefully Laura Lee Guhrke provides sequels starring Mick the private investigator and his wife Sophie the psychic assistant.
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner