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See No Evil, My Pretty Lady

by Miss Mae
(Aka L.M. Thomas)

      Dorcy Edwards frantically races from her employer’s home after seeing Mr. Carlyle Davenport’s body covered in blood. She barely makes it down the steps in the darkness when a man wearing gloves attacks her. Dorcy claws his hand and manages to escape. Ulysses Butterfield, a friend, finds her and sees her torn dress. Upon hearing of her attack, he takes her to his home where his wife, Hazel, comforts Dorcy. After hearing Dorcy’s account of the assault, Ulysses Butterfield and his wife are convinced that the young woman barely escaped the notorious Jack the Ripper.

They summon the police, but before they arrive, Mr. Davenport’s son, Gareth, visits his friends the Butterfields. Gareth is curious to know why his father summoned him after a five year estrangement, but is immediately intrigued by the young woman who suffered a recent assault. Still frightened from the assault, Dorcy spies Gareth’s gloves and the scratches on his wrist, and suspects Gareth is her attacker.

A short time later, a knock at their door alerts Gareth that his father has been murdered. The Butterfields, Dorcy and Gareth leave for his father’s home, where they meet Inspector Sosby of London City Police. When Dorcy walks through the door, Alice, the maid, accuses Dorcy of murdering her employer, but the Buttersfields vouch for Dorcy. The Inspector realizes the strength needed to kill the elder Davenport with a knife clearly indicates a male murderer. Even so, the Inspector insists Dorcy remain in London, and the Butterfields offer her their home.

Shortly thereafter, Dorcy receives a summons from the deceased’s solicitor. She’s surprised to learn that, although she only worked for Carlyle Davenport for three days, she’s included his will. More surprises lay in waiting: ones that lead Dorcy to an isolated island and inevitable danger.

The author’s style is reminiscent of Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and other great mystery writers. Like them, she keeps the suspense tight and continuous. With combined innocence and intrigue, the plot will interest adults and teenagers. See No Evil, My Pretty Lady is an exciting romance with a fast moving, mystery-based plot, and enough adventure to keep you turning the pages into the wee hours of the night.

The Book

The Wild Rose Press
January 15, 2008
eBook [Available in Adobe (pdf), MS Reader; Web (html)]
Historical Romance / 1888 England
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The Reviewer

Linda Morelli
Reviewed 2008
NOTE: Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award-winning author of Lani's Challenge, Shadow of Doubt and Fiery Surrender. She is also the Historical Editor for Gotta Write Network Online.
© 2008