The Crystal Rose

Rebecca Brandewyne, Author . Mira $6.99 (345p) ISBN 978-0-7783-2296-2

In romance veteran Brandewyne's latest entry, idyllic days in India in the 1830s are cut short for young Rose Windermere when her best friend, Hugo Drayton, is murdered, along with his parents. Fearing for their own safety, Rose's family moves back to England. Fifteen years later, Rose is shopping at the market when a strange man thrusts a letter into her basket and, before fleeing, cautions her to guard it with her life. Seeing the seal of Hugo's family on the letter, Rose surmises that it must concern the business of Hugo's cousin, and the veiled message inside indicates a lovers' rendezvous. Soon, however, Rose suspects she's being followed, and with a little investigation finds that her pursuer is Raj Khanna, a handsome Indian businessman, who's after the letter for reasons far graver than romance; amid rising suspense, Rose uncovers a plot to assassinate Queen Victoria and the truth about what happened to her beloved Hugo. Fast-paced, rooted in solid period details and supported by a fine cast of secondary characters—especially the scrappy street urchins who come to Rose's aid—Brandewyne's latest is another winning romp. (Dec.)

Reviewed on: 10/30/2006
Release date: 12/01/2006
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 413 pages - 978-1-59722-498-7
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 978-1-55254-732-8
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