By Tasha Alexander
London's social season is in complete swing, and Victorian aristocracy cannot cease whispering a few convinced gentleman who claims to be the direct descendant of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. yet he is not the one subject of wagging tongues. Drawing rooms, boudoirs, and ballrooms are abuzz with the most recent information of an audacious cat burglar who has been systematically stealing helpful goods that when belonged to the ill-fated queen. gentle gossip turns critical whilst the landlord of 1 of the pilfered treasures is located murdered, and the mysterious thief develops a twisted obsession with girl Emily Ashton. it is going to take all of Emily's wit and perseverance to unmask her stalker and ferret out the assassin, whereas confronted with a brewing scandal that threatens either her acceptance and her romance together with her past due husband's ally, the rushing Colin Hargreaves.
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It’s a pretty silver thing that once belonged to Marie Antoinette. ” This gave me a better sense of why he had wanted me to have the box. ” She raised her eyes to meet mine. “I can well understand why you suspect what you do. But I think, s 30 T A S H A A L E X A N D E R Mrs. ” I recounted for her our conversation about the thefts and the pink diamond, leaving out the bits in which he had described his wife. Any lady capable of confronting her husband’s suspected paramour so soon after his death had far too much spirit to be painfully shy.
I’ll thank you not to pretend innocence. If it was only once—” She had started to cry again, and I could not bear seeing the pain etched on her face. ” I took her hand, and though she would not look at me, she did not pull it away. “I know not how such a misunderstanding has come to pass. I was never your husband’s mistress, nor was I romantically linked with him in any way. He was one of a group of my friends at the theater a week or so ago, and we all came here afterwards. ” “I’ve no idea.
Cold. ” T hree days later I received a note from Mrs. Francis. Her house had been burgled again. This time, the only thing taken was her husband’s silver snuffbox. The newspapers had been filled with stories about Mr. Francis’s death from the moment they learned of it, and each of them had mentioned that he died clutching the object. They attributed his death to Marie Antoinette’s curse and warned the citizens of London to take heed, suggesting that those whose property was stolen were lucky to have escaped with their lives.
A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander