Ursula Marlow thought she was done with death, but when her fiancé, Lord Wrotham, is arrested on charges of treason, her world is turned upside down. It is the winter of 1913, and the British Parliament, unsettled on the question of Home Rule for Ireland, is shaken over allegations of a plot to sell naval military secrets to Kaiser’s Germany and liberate Ireland from English rule. For the first time, Ursula must work together with Chief Inspector Harrison to uncover the truth about Lord Wrotham’s involvement, as well as his mysterious past.
As the investigation continues, Ursula is drawn into the shadowy world of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and a web of espionage and betrayal. She must race against time to clear Lord Wrotham’s name and thwart a plot that threatens not only British national security, but also her life.
I was very intrigued with this book! It captivates you from the beginning and keeps you interested and hooked until this in. A great plot and story line and the characters are strong!! This is a great read for those who love suspense and mystery!
My interview with Clare
Tell us about yourself?
I’m a ‘recovering’ attorney, wife, and mother of twin 9- year old boys. Writing has always been my passion, even as a girl growing up in Australia. I come from a pretty nomadic family – my parents are English, I was born in Canada and my sister in Australia – in fact she’s the only one who still lives in Melbourne! I currently live in Colorado with my husband, twin boys, and our beloved collie, Hamish. I credit my parents for instilling in me a love of literature and history and my writing group for encouraging me to seek publication for my Ursula Marlow novels.
What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer and even as a child I was scribbling stories. I think I was inspired by all the amazing books I read as a child and how they seemed to jump-start my own imagination.
How did you come up with these great books?
Ursula Marlow literally walked into my head one day, dressed in suffragette colors. I then found myself researching Edwardian history and drawing upon my own experiences traveling down the Orinoco river in Venezuela. Before I knew it, the first novel, Consequences of Sin, had begun.
Can you tell us a little of what you are working on now?
I’m currently completing a middle-grade ‘alternate history’ book and revising an adult mystery set during the First World War.
What research did you have to do for your books?
I do a lot of book based research as well as travel. I love reading journals, newspapers and magazines from the period as well as walking the streets of London to get a feel for how it must have been (even though London has changed a great deal since Edwardian times!).
When you are not writing what do you love doing?
Walking my collie, reading aloud to my boys, and attempting to do the New York Times Crossword every day.
What are three things you want your readers to know?
That I am passionate about my writing and my characters; that I value their comments and feedback as readers; and that I feel immensely lucky to be able to pursue my dream of being a writer.
If you could have a dinner party with three authors, living or dead, who would you pick and what would you serve as a meal?
Dorothy L. Sayers
I’d like to come up with something pretty witty on the
menu but I think so long as we have something suitably English we’d be fine – I would probably serve roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, minted peas, and a Trifle for dessert. These are some of my favorites after all!
About This Author
Clare Langley-Hawthorne was raised in England and Australia. She was an attorney in Melbourne before moving to the United States, where she began her career as a writer. Her first novel, Consequences of Sin, featuring the Oxford graduate, heiress, and militant suffragette Ursula Marlow, was published in 2007. The second book in the series, The Serpent and the Scorpion, was published in 2008. Consequences of Sin was a San Francisco Chronicle Bay Area bestseller and a Macavity Award nominee for best historical mystery. Clare now lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband, twin boys, and collie, Hamish.
I am excited to be part of Diane Vallere's blog tour. Her book Masking for Trouble was released on October 4th and is another fun read for Halloween.
Series: A Costume Shop Mystery (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (October 4, 2016)
Halloween brings more tricks than treats for costume shop owner Margo Tamblyn in the second in a new cozy series from the national bestselling author of the Material Witness Mysteries.
Halloween conjures up big business for Margo Tamblyn’s costume shop, Disguise DeLimit, but this year, the holiday comes knocking with serious trouble. Venture capitalist Paul Haverford plans to rezone historic downtown into a glitzy commercial area which would push out local business. Margo is set on saving her family’s store, especially after a nasty run-in with the chain-store tycoon, but after Haverford’s body is discovered during a spooky party at the derelict Alexandria Hotel, Margo finds herself dressed as the poli…
I am excited for this blog tour. Deadly Wedding is book two in the Deadly series by Kate Parker. Released on September 11,2016. If you would like to win a copy of this book, leave your email and a comment about the era that you love ,to be entered.
Series: Deadly Series
Paperback: 318 pages
Publisher: JDP Press (September 11, 2016)
Why murder a dying man?
Olivia Denis is hesitant to help an old family friend get ready for her wedding outside London. The so-called friend is a master at using people. As a young widow trying to find her way through a new romantic relationship, Olivia would rather avoid the large party.
She definitely didn’t plan to find the bride’s grandfather stabbed to death. The cruel, enormously rich aristocrat had changed his will only the day before, angering all his children.
As Olivia is forced to investigate the murder, she’s called away by her employer, the owner of an influential London daily newspaper. She must carry out another secre…
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