cover image To Capture His Heart

To Capture His Heart

Nancy Campbell Allen. Shadow Mountain, $15.99 trade paper (288p) ISBN 978-1-63993-051-7

A photographer and a detective go from friends to lovers while searching for a killer in this thrilling Victorian romance from Allen (The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart). Detective Nathan Winston, eager to avoid his mother’s matchmaking attempts at a weeklong fund-raising house party, recruits his good friend Eva Caldwell, the photographer for the event, to pretend to be his intended. Faking courtship is complicated by the fact that neither realizes the other’s feelings are real. When Nathan receives a threatening message from an unknown criminal seeking revenge for Nathan putting his family away, Nathan fears for his guests’ safety. As he and Eva band together to stop the villain, pretense falls away and real romance blooms—but not before the killer sets his sights on Eva. As tensions rise at the house party, everyone becomes a suspect, making the mystery read like an especially lively game of Clue. Meanwhile the couple’s connection is so undeniable that even readers who usually look for heat in their romances won’t mind the lack of steamy scenes. This delectable treat is sure to keep readers guessing. (Oct.)