by Debra Mullins

February 2006
ISBN: 0-06-079923-4
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Mass Market Paperback

Author Debra Mullins knows how to write a steamy love scene, as she proved in her novel, Three Nights. Her new novel, Scandal of the Black Rose, has the same seductive quality, but the theme has been overdone.

Anna Rosewood’s twin brother is killed in mysterious circumstances. Her intuition tells her that it was much more than mere footpads who were responsible. Her family puts her feelings down to grief, and tries to divert her attention to her impending betrothal to Lord Haverford. Anna is convinced that there is a mystery to be solved. Besides, Lord Haverford doesn’t appear too eager to “seal the deal”, made when they were young, with a formal engagement. He always has other things on his mind and while he is a kind man, Anna had hopes that there would be more passion in their relationship.

Roman Devereaux is also wondering why his cousin seems to be dragging his feet to wed Miss Rosewood. She is lovely and charming, but also seems to be overly interested in the string of murders that he is investigating. She must be kept out of danger.

So, there you have it. A nosy young woman with no sense, a hero determined to protect her and keep her safe for his cousin, and a fiancé who clearly has his mind on other matters.

Scandal of the Black Rose holds some suspenseful moments and the revelation of the villain is a big surprise, but this is not enough to make the novel stand out above the rest. It will be an entertaining, but not enthralling, read for fans of the genre.

Reviewed in March 2006 by Paula.

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