by Katie Rose

April 1998
ISBN: 0-533-57771-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback

It is the year 1872 and the setting is one old gothic building on New York's East Side. There we find three sisters and their aunt living in the outskirts of polite society. Three sisters close at heart but different in looks, manners and actions, but all with the same goal: hold psychic readings and let the ghosts do the talking so that the bills can be paid.

Gabriel Forester, an influential man in New York's society, outraged that these three sisters managed to relieve his mother of a hefty sum (and give her a new purpose in life), sets out to confront the one responsible, Jennifer Appleton. Taken in by his good looks and looking for a way to prevent him from pressing charges, the sisters hatch a plot to have him succumbed to Jennifer's charms and ease their entry into society. They set their plan in motion….

Gabriel might be a dashing and competent hero, but here it seems he stands no chance in winning the upper hand over Jennifer and her sisters. With antics growing more desperate and outrageous as the story progresses (one cannot help but wonder what they will come up with next), the sisters go as far as kidnapping Gabriel and holding him in their cellar.

I know that some readers might object to the fact that Jennifer and Gabriel's relationship is not in the foreground all the time, for the story concentrates more on all of the sisters and their position in society. However, I rather liked it as it gave me an interesting insight of life in New York during the Victorian era and society's regulation common during that time.

If there ever was a book worth the popular saying "all is fair in love and war", it would be this charming tale, woven by one talented storyteller, Katie Rose. The quiet humor and sparkling wit reflect Ms. Rose's fun and love in writing about her characters' escapades.

Just be warned though, that you will not find lots of ghosts and paranormal activity in this book and neither did I miss it.

A Hint Of Mischief is a thoroughly enjoyable book, which kept me entertained and laughing all through to the happy conclusion.

Reviewed in October 2001 by Kris Alice.

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