cover image The Revenge of Lord Eberlin

The Revenge of Lord Eberlin

Julia London. Pocket, $7.99 mass market (400p) ISBN 978-1-4391-7546-0

London follows The Year of Living Scandalously with a lovely Georgian-era romantic mystery that easily stands on its own. As a child, Tobin Scott saw his innocent father hang for stealing the countess of Ashwood’s jewels, condemned by the testimony of young Lily Boudine, the countess’s niece and ward. Fifteen years later, Lily reluctantly returns to Ashwood after inheriting the title and rundown estate. She is confronted by Tobin, now Count Eberlin, who is determined to have his vengeance. When Lily begs Tobin not to drive her to bankruptcy, his response is an indecent proposal: Lily’s virtue for Ashwood’s survival. As Lily struggles to buy time, the two find their adult emotions come into play as they agree to work together and find the missing jewels. The mystery isn’t solved here, but London’s story is satisfying as it builds on the excellent chemistry of the leads, gracefully unfolding with the perfect amount of tension. Agent: Jenny Bent, the Bent Agency. (Mar.)