India Black

India Black

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In the red-light district of London, India Black is in the business of selling passion her clientele will never forget. But when it comes to selling secrets, india's price cannot be paid by any man . . .

In the winter of 1876, the beautiful young madam India Black is occupied with her usual tasks - keeping her tarts in line, avoiding the police, and tolerating the clergyman bent on converting her girls. But when Sir Archibald Latham of the War Office dies from a heart attack while visiting her brothel, India is unexpectedly thrust into a deadly game between Russian and British agents who are seeking the military secrets Latham carried.

French, the handsome British spy, discovers India disposing of Latham's body and blackmails her into recovering the missing documents. Their quest takes them away from the Russian embassy to Claridge's Hotel, from London to the English coast, all the while dodging Russians intent to do them harm.

But it is their own tempestuous relationship they will have to weather as India and French attempt to resist the mutual attraction between them - an attraction that can prove as deadly as the conspiracy entangling them......

'I loved this cheeky romp - a kind of Fanny Hill meets Nancy drew - through a world Dickens would have known. India Black, the witty resourceful young madam of a London brothel, is a delightful protagonist. I shall follow her future career with particular interest.'
- Vicki Lane, author of The Day of Small Things

'A delightful debut with an unconventional heroine and a mysterious hero...... A fascinating and amazing cast of characters will keep you turning pages.'
- Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of Murder on Lexington Avenue

Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780425238660
0425238660
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Carr
MYSTERY CARR
Characteristics: 296 p. ; 21 cm

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cmlibrary_ecrites Feb 28, 2016

This is a fun, quick read. The banter between the main characters is whitty and enjoyable. I really like that India is a strong, willfull protagonist while not being great at everything. She doesn't master every task the first time and occasionaly has to climb out of holes she has dug for herself. This makes her more believable and made her easier to root for. Overall, great read!

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merlinsilver
Jun 13, 2015

The cheeky interactions between the characters is fun to watch as they get in and out of trouble. This is the second book that I have read by Carr and it did not disappoint. I really look forward to reading more of her books.

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Hermione1776
May 25, 2012

Highly entertaining! I wasn't sure what to think about a herione who owned a brothel, but I ended up thoroughly enjoying this read.

annelibnyc Sep 27, 2011

This was a super easy, breezy read but it still had substance. India Black is what you call "indomitable". As a London brothel keeper it is pretty hard to scare her or intimidate her. I definitely liked the book more than I thought I would but it was not as good as some of the other Victorian era mysteries that I have read.

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Barbryt
Feb 11, 2011

Really delightful. An utterly different cast from traditional Victorian historical fiction, albeit similar male/female wit and tension.

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