by Brenda Joyce

November 2003
ISBN: 0-312-98987-3
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

Francesca Cahill is a debutante, amateur sleuth and in love with 2 men. What’s a woman to do, but run away? With her emotions in turmoil, Francesca must come to grips with and accept the fact that Police Commissioner Rick Bragg is out of her reach. His wife has returned to NY and taken her place at his side. Meanwhile, Calder Hart, his brother and the man she considers a friend and desires, has asked her to marry him. He has even given her a ring. Now she has to decide whether to wear his ring or lose him forever.

With a new case involving missing immigrant teenage girls, Francesca has her hands full juggling everything. Going undercover in a brothel causes a whole new set of problems for our intrepid sleuth. With a familiar cast of characters, from her able assistant Joel, to the sexy, roughish Calder Hart, we are once again taken back to turn of the century New York City with all the glitter and grime that goes along with it. When an unexpected tragedy changes everything, Francesca’s heart and mind are truly tested.

Deadly Promise is another page-turner from best-selling author Brenda Joyce. This ongoing series has everything, interesting compelling characters, sexual tension and a strong mystery. This native New Yorker truly enjoyed her trip back in time. Ms. Joyce has written a series that gives us a lot of great history on one of the greatest cities in the world.

Reviewed in January 2004 by Carolyn.

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