I love historical romances. Toss in some intrigue and suspense and I'm hooked. I have to admit I had my suspicions early on as to who the killer was, but with the way the story unfolded and the characters realization of who it was slowly taking shape, I didn't lose patience or get bored with the story.
Like so many other women, Darcie finds herself on the street when her step father loses all of his wealth. Desperate and starving, she seeks out the one person she hopes can help her, but finds that what awaits her is not a life she wants to lead. As a last resort, she is directed to seek employment with Dr. Damien Cole, but warned that he has secrets and can be dangerous. Yet when Darcie meets Damien, all she sees is someone who was kind enough to take her in and someone she is extremely attracted to. Working closely with him at his home, she starts to notice all of the strange things going on around Damien and begins to question his possible involvement in the murders taking place near her sister's business. Trying to reconcile what she sees and what she knows in her heart to be true, she isn't sure if she can trust him fully even as she finds herself falling in love with him. When someone she knows is murdered and Damien is accuse of committing the crime, Darcie cannot leave well enough alone and decides to do some investigating of her own, not knowing just how close she comes to becoming the killer's next victim.
As I said, I suspected who the killer was within the first two chapters, but waiting for Darcie to put all of the clues together and come to the right conclusion while her relationship with Damien developed was entertaining. She was bright, but also restricted being a woman at a time when women had very little rights, and fearing she'd end up back on the streets. I may have guessed who the killer was, but not his link to her. That was a nice little surprise. Although a bit predictable, I thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone who likes Amanda Quick's books, those being the first historical romance / suspense books I've read and loved. This has a similar feel to those and worth reading.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)