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Leisure, Apr 2003, 5.99, 354 pp.
ISBN: 0843950811

In 1888 London, Caitlynn O'Connor feels obsessed with her need to learn what happened to her cousin Deirdre, who vanished from her place of employment as part of the household of Dr. Donovan Fitzgerald. To solve that mystery, Caitlynn travels from Ireland to become companion to the doctor's daughter Miss Estelle. This was the same position her missing cousin held.
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Though she no longer trusts men since her former fiancÚ fled just before their wedding for America, Caitlynn finds herself quite attracted to her new employer. Feeling a bit of guilt as she suspects he was Deirdre's lover and perhaps even her killer, Caitlynn insures her feelings stay hidden. As she falls in love, her thoughts make her wonder if she is crazy for on one hand, she wants to love Donovan, but on the other, she wonders if he is the Ripper terrorizing the city?

Readers who appreciate gothic atmosphere will obsess over this taut historical romantic suspense as the story line contains all the required elements. Caitlynn is a delightful protagonist trying to sleuth (truly amateurishly for a change) while falling in love, but questioning her choice for fear he is the killer. Though the climax is obvious, fans of taut thrillers with romantic subplots will applaud Penelope Neri's gripping tale.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   Victorian england Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes Is really...    -   a criminal (possibly)

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   doctor Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   nanny


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   70% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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