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A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander

By Tasha Alexander

London's social season is in complete swing, and Victorian aristocracy cannot cease whispering a couple of sure gentleman who claims to be the direct descendant of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. yet he isn't 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. mild gossip turns severe whilst the landlord of 1 of the pilfered treasures is located murdered, and the mysterious thief develops a twisted obsession with woman Emily Ashton. it's 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 speeding Colin Hargreaves.

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A Poisoned Season

London's social season is in complete swing, and Victorian aristocracy cannot cease whispering a few sure gentleman who claims to be the direct descendant of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. yet he is not the single 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 worthwhile goods that after belonged to the ill-fated queen.

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Each with perfect opportunity before us yet unwilling to take it. Perhaps we should join forces. ” I quickly described her situation. ” Jeremy laughed loudly. “This is priceless. What a lark. Tell her I’ll do it,” he said, continuing to laugh. ” P O I S O N E D S E A S O N s A 25 “And, Emily”—he grew serious—“if you ever . . if Hargreaves doesn’t . . if you do need someone . . ” “Really, Jeremy, that has to be one of the most romantic proposals in all of English history. ” 3 T o say that my mother was gratified by the attentions bestowed on me by the Duke of Bainbridge would be a grotesque understatement.

Excellent. ” “You know that I fully support your studies, but I do wish you would, perhaps, temper your approach to the Season. ” “I never thought I would hear such criticism from you,” I said. Ivy looked as if she would crumple. “Don’t be upset, dear. ” I was unable to continue, as Davis opened the door and announced Jeremy. “I’m to meet Margaret here,” he said, dropping into a chair after greeting the two of us with perfect politeness. ” “You seem to be enjoying yourself,” I said. ” “Capital girl, Margaret.

Margaret had agreed to do the Season only in exchange for her parents’ promise that she could study at Oxford in the fall. ” “I don’t think so. ” “He is perfect,” she sighed. “Margaret, I am all astonishment. ” “I don’t want to marry him, but I am desperate for someone to flirt with. Perhaps the good duke and I can come to some sort of understanding that can see me through the rest of the Season. He pays court, which keeps my parents happy, but is safe in the knowledge that I’ve no desire to marry him.

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