cover image Night of the Highland Dragon

Night of the Highland Dragon

Isabel Cooper. Sourcebooks Casablanca, $7.99 mass market (352p) ISBN 978-1-4022-8473-1

Cooper returns to top form in the third Highland Dragons paranormal Victorian romance (after The Highland Dragon’s Lady). Lady Judith MacAlasdair is of the Highland Dragon blood and charged with supervising the family castle and the local village, Loch Arach. Nobility has its perks, but she longs for her lost days as a “boy” in the Royal Navy. When William Arundell comes seeking answers to a murder in a nearby town, he seems ready to uncover all the hidden truths about Loch Arach, while keeping his own secret: he’s an agent for D Branch, charged with investigating crimes of a mystical nature. When he discovers Judith’s secret, his duty is to report her to the Crown. But when they work together, they form a formidable team ready to serve and protect the innocent Highland people. This spy thriller is replete with demons, adventure, and unexpected passion. Cooper has a flair for invoking both Victorian chivalry and comedy of manners; the pace is quick and the resolution satisfying. (June)