Historical Fiction: Mysteries from the Past
Daughter of the God-King
Miss Hattie Blackhouse has never been close to her parents, and no wonder - since the Blackhouses are renowned scholars who spend most of their time excavating ancient tombs in Egypt. But news of their disappearance forces Hattie to leave England and embark on a voyage that will reveal the long-buried secrets of her past. An encrypted senet board and a gold medallion lead Hattie on a perilous quest to track down her missing parents—and discover why people associated with the Blackhouses continue to turn up dead. What she uncovers is a secret that could alter the course of history...
Amazon: 4.3 stars
"Taking a deep Breath, she shouted as loudly as she could, 'Parlay!' and advanced to the base of the tomb's hill, hoping her last moments on earth were not to be spent in wretched Egypt at the wretched, faux tomb of the wretched god-king's daughter. There was a profound silence as all gunfire ceased."
In the time of Napoleon, Vidia Swanson appears to live a gilded like of ease and luxury. Beneath this facade, however, she works for the Home Office as an 'angel', coaxing secrets from powerful men who man or may not be traitors to the Crown. In the course of her latest assignment, matters take an alarming turn when she realized that her spymaster suspects that she is the one who is tainted -- a double agent working for the enemy.
Lucien Carstairs is a fellow agent with his own dark secrets--unless he is setting an elaborate trap to reveal her own supposed treason. Backed into a corner, she can only hope to stay one step ahead of the hangman in a race to stop the next war before it destroys them--and destroys England.
Tainted Angel offers up a compelling game of cat and mouse in which no one can be trusted -- and anyone can be tainted.
Amazon: 4.6 stars
The Bengal Bridegift
Timid and shy, Juno Payne has lived an uneventful life growing up in Calcutta--her father's home port during those rare times when he wasn't at sea, trading for the East India Company. But news of her father's death--and the cloud of scandal surrounding it--has suddenly made Juno the center of attention, as various factions attempt to seize her supposed bridegift--a fabulous cache of diamonds. In vain, Juno protests that she knows nothing about a bridegift, and that her father had no such fortune, but England's enemies are not convinced, and Juno is forced to escape with an unlikely ally--a Barbary pirate. Can she believe his extraordinary tale about her father, or is he only another one who is looking to steal her bridegift? Find out, as Juno plumbs depths of courage she never knew she had, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
Amazon: 5 stars