by Brenda Joyce

February 2005
ISBN: 0-7783-2138-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

New York City at the turn of the 20th century was on the leading edge of the modern world. It’s streets filled with immigrants, the melting pot was on full boil. Tammany Hall still exerted power over the political machine, and automobiles fought for space with carriages. It was an exciting time.

Society sleuth Francesca Cahill is once again embroiled in murder. This time, the victims share some similarities that are alarming. Even her friend Maggie Kennedy may be at risk. While circumstances demand that she remain in close contact with Police Commissioner Rick Bragg, it is her fiancee, Calder Hart, that attracts her attention.

Suddenly unsure if she can hold a man as sophisticated as Calder, Francesca worries that he will soon tire of the novelty of his bride and revert to his bachelor ways. With her passionate nature close to the surface, it seems that Calder has all of the control when they are together. Calder has his own demons to conquer as the reality of his betrothal finally sets in.

Set amid this backdrop of continuous motion, Deadly Illusions is a fast-paced thrill ride. Once again author Brenda Joyce shows her skill at building suspense, laying false trails and bringing a book to breathless conclusion. “The Slasher” is a worthy opponent and leads the police on a bloody trail of evidence. When he turns his sights to Francesca and her loved ones, no one is safe.

No mundane characters, no tepid plotlines, Deadly Illusions has plenty to offer readers who like mystery and passion wrapped in historical packages. While it might be helpful to have read other books in the “Deadly” series, it is not a necessity. Each one will stand on it’s own quite nicely.

Reviewed in January 2005 by Paula.

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