Saturday, January 26, 2013


A Madam of Mystery Novella
Berkley Prime
December 31st, 2012
Historical, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Publisher


India Black. Madam and spy. When she finds out she was used by her lover, Philip Barrett, she turns the tables and shows him that she will not be used by anyone, no matter how handsome she thinks he may be.

I love this series. India has wit, intelligence and she is a woman working in a man’s world (spying). This author gives us a prequel to the India Black series in this short novella. The writing is tight, story flows smoothly and you get a sense of who India is and why she does what she does. This is an author who really knows her characters and shows them in all their flawed glory. The characters are well written and deliver some wonderful moments within the pages of THE RAJAH’S RUBY. The author fleshes out India very nicely and the reader gets to see how she became what she is.  India is one of my favorite historical book characters. One thing I love is how snarky she can be which leaves me chuckling as I imagine the reactions to the people she is talking to. Plus you can not help but fall in love with her either. This is one character who has a mind and isn’t a bubble head that sometimes happens to heroines in historical stories.

THE RAJAH’S RUBY gives the readers a wonderful background on my favorite spy, India Black and the reader is left eager for more after the last page is read. If you haven’t tried an India Black book yet, I highly recommend it if you enjoy fast paced historical mysteries. I suggest starting with this one then going into the full length books (India Black; India Black and the Widow of Windsor). India is snarky, enjoyable, intriguing and more. This is one character you can not help but fall in love with. I am eager to see what happens next for India in the next Madam of Mystery series book.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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