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Jude Knight has been telling stories all her life: making up serial tales to amuse her friends and children, imagining sequels to books that have moved her and left her wanting more, occasionally submitting short stories to magazines and the radio, starting more than a dozen novels set in different times and places.
She has devoted most of the last forty years to a career in commercial writing and raising a large family (most recently as grandmother-in-residence while a daughter was out of action for three years). She and her own personal romantic hero, with whom she has shared those forty+ years, now live with two cats and frequent visitors in a small town in rural New Zealand.
Judy wrote and published her first historical romance in 2014, and now has the wind in her sails and a head full of strong determined heroines, heroes with the sense to appreciate them, and villains you'll love to loathe.
on Feb. 28, 2017 :
I think in all the books I've read, and there are many, Prudence "Prue" Virtue is one of my all time favorite characters!
Her gift is to see but remain unseen, unless she wants you to see her, then she can be a vivacious as the next lady,
but with a level of wit and friendliness that sets her apart. She is the kind of character you want to be friends. Intelligent without
being a bluestocking, loyal and honorable.
Jude Knight writes in a way that tells you everything you need to know about a person to imagine them in your head, but not too
much. Just the right amount of description of scene and character. When you think you will be able to put the book down to get your housework done, you are drawn back in with a well placed twist in the story.
Seriously, I could not put this down, reading at work when I should have been doing actual work! LOL Her writing is wonderful and flows
perfectly through the story. You will want to set aside time to read because nothing is getting done!
David Warfield is also an honorable and likeable man. He is in the same line of "Business" as Prue. They are both secret collectors.They each look into matters for other people and discover what the truth is in whatever way they can. They are investigators. And they are both very good at what they do.
These two have met before on other jobs. And they share a history that might make things awkward.
They both have secrets of their own that they are not willing to put out there as of yet.
They are both investigating a ring of spies and blackmailers. Both working for different people but they end up sharing most of the intelligence they gather.
Which is the way David likes it. You see he has a very tender spot for Prue, and she him, but neither of them want to get hurt.
Both are under the assumption that the other does not want anything beyond a working relationship. It will do, for now.
Our mystery surrounds a courtesan and her harem of gentlemen callers. Someone is blackmailing and someone is trading secrets.
But are they the same people or person? Prue and David work to discover the truth that lies beneath the subterfuge
that is the ton and it's many foibles. There are so many people involved that I couldn't figure it out right away, which I loved!
I do love a good intrigue and I found it here!
I can't wait for the next book, Concealed in Shadow.
I give Reveled in Mist 5 stars!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)