by Brenda Joyce

April 2002
ISBN: 0-312-98262-3
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Francesca Cahill

Crime-Solver Extraordinaire

No. 810 Fifth Avenue, New York City.

All Cases Accepted, No Crime Too Small.

In Deadly Affairs, the third installment in the series involving Francesca Cahill, it has been a week since Francesca unofficially helped solve the Randall murder.

With her first paying client, she takes a case that sounds easy, but little does she know, that with one misstep she is about to fall onto another case, literally. Someone is killing women and carving crosses into the chests of his victims.

With the help of Rick Bragg, New York City Police Commissioner, and her assistant, street kid Joel Kennedy, Francesca will try to the solve this murder. The trick will be to do it without getting herself killed. With her name splashed in the headlines and reporters following her every move, Francesca is up for the challenge.

This series has been a lot of fun to follow. Francesca Cahill is not your average millionaireís daughter. She is, secretly, a student at Barnard College, a passionate reformer and hopelessly in love with Rick Bragg. The last is harder for her to deal with than anything else. In Deadly Pleasure, she finds out that Rick is married, even though he and his wife are separated. Because of his political ambitions, he has no plans to get a divorce. Enter into the mix Rickís half-brother, Calder Hart, to whom she finds herself unwillingly attracted, her sister Connie who is estranged from her husband, a mother who is trying to marry her off, and itís a wonder the poor girl isnít tearing her hair out. Through it all she has managed to face these challenges with a maturity that is not always seen in someone so young.

The time lapse between books in this series is usually one to two weeks. I think that they can stand alone, but you get a clearer look at the charactersí development when read in order.

Ms. Joyce has written a series that takes us into the world of turn-of-the-century New York City. A world of millionairesí, socialites, debutantes, sweat shops, police stations and tenements. It is a wild ride that I think you will enjoy.

Reviewed in June 2002 by Carolyn.

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