"All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape."
--Author Christopher Benson



Thursday, September 29, 2011

India Black and the Widow of Windsor by Carol K. Carr (With Giveaway!)

Cover Illustration
by Alan Ayers
Cover Design
by Rita Frangie
India Black and the Widow of Windsor
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
A Madam of Espionage Mystery
Second book in the series.
Available October 4, 2011

India Black is back and on a new mission with her friend French in Scotland.

Queen Victoria attended a séance where she is contacted by her dearly departed husband, Prince Albert, where he insists she break tradition and spend the Christmas holiday at Balmoral, their Scottish castle. The Prime Minister believes that Scottish nationalists are planing to assassinate the Queen and calls on his friend and British spy, French, who invites India to join him undercover at the castle.  French poses as one of the guests, while India's assignment is to be the maid to the eccentric Dowanger Marchioness of Tullibardine. 

It doesn't take long for India to realize the Prime Minister was exactly right in his assessment of the situation.  For the next few days India and French will be running themselves ragged to find the Queen's enemies and assure her safety.
My Thoughts
Like the first book in this series, India Black, I loved this story.  I adore where the author took this character on this adventure. Balmoral is a fascinating setting and I don't know how true the author's descriptions are of the castle, but I felt like I was right there sneaking through the hallways with India.

The story also contains a wonderful mystery with plenty of twists but what really captured by heart in this story was the humor.  India has a quick wit and keen intelligence and while not at all happy with her job in this adventure she continues to entertain us with her observations and quips. The Lady India serves sets up several instances that had me laughing out loud.

Carol K. Carr is an amazing storyteller.  I love her writing style. In her case, her words are worth a thousand beautiful pictures.  I have absolutely no problem "escaping" far into her books and don't want to leave after the last words are read.  I want to follow India on her next adventure.  Please Carol don't make me want too long for my next trip abroad.

To find out more about this wonderful author be sure to visit her Web Page.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Berkley Prime Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

I am really excited about this one!!
Thanks to the wonderful people at Berkley Prime Crime
I have 2, Yes 2 copies of this fabulous book to giveaway!!!
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holdenj said...

Looks like a great story, would love to be at Balmoral with them!

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I have heard this series is very good. India Black sounds like an intriguing character.

cyn209 said...

i never heard of this series!! thanx for the heads-up!!!
also thank you for the giveaway!!!!

mamabunny13 said...

I want to read this series!

katsrus said...

Pretty cover. Sounds like a wonderul book. Thanks for the giveaway.
Sue B

Darlene said...

Thanks for the giveaway!