Thursday, June 21, 2012


A Madam of Espionage Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime
Date published: October 4th, 2011
ISBN 9780425243190
Historical Mystery
Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained via Publisher

When a séance has Queen Victoria deviating from her regular way of celebrating the holidays, the Prime Minster suspects a trap and sends India Black and British spy, French, to the Scottish Highlands to see if they can uncover anything. India, dressed as a servant and French an assumed guest for the holiday events, will try to find the traitor as danger mounts-for them and for the country as someone is determined to make this Christmas the very last time Queen Victoria presides over.

The best thing about this series is India Black. She is an independent, stubborn woman who goes toe-to-toe with anyone she can and has a wit that can be razor sharp. With a fast paced storyline, twists you don’t see coming and lots of intriguing historical bits sprinkled throughout, author Carol K. Carr delivers a rousing sequel that had me enamored from the beginning. The writing is tight, story flows smoothly and there are none of the dreaded plot hooks that I hate. I fell into this story with eagerness and didn’t surface until the book was done. With the right amount of cynicism (India herself), strength from the historical aspect and a unique storyline, this author delivers a stellar sequel to India Black.

India Black is asked by the Prime Minister to go undercover at Balmoral, alongside French, that wickedly handsome yet annoying British spy we met in the first book, India Black. Now someone is after the Queen herself and it is up to French and India to figure out who it is and stop them or else the entire country is in chaos. I have got to admit, I laughed plenty of times here. The humor was a pleasant surprise and the characters are just as well written as they were from the first book. There are a few intriguing secondary characters that I wanted to know more about and they keep the story going smoothly as well. This was one madcap adventure I wanted to see till the end.

INDIA BLACK AND THE WIDOW OF WINDSOR is a rollicking good time from start to finish. I can’t help but pursue other titles in this series and hope this author keeps them coming. If you enjoy history, captivating characters and strong writing, then you might enjoy the India Black series. I do suggest you read from the beginning, just for the sheer enjoyment of meeting India the first time. I am eager to see what adventures India & French are drawn into next.

This is an objective review and is not an endorsement.

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