Saturday, March 16, 2013


A Madam of Espionage Series, Book Three
Berkley Prime
February 5th, 2013
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Author’s Publicist via Netgalley


India Black is restless. A madam of repute, she has a smile to ease a man and beauty to charm them with but India also is a secret spy for the government. When she is asked to meet the prime minister alone, she wonders what they need her for. But when she hears of a revolt that has come to England’s shores, India finds herself in a mission that could get her killed. For lords and earls are dying by the sinister Dark Legion, a rebel group that could destroy the government if they are not stop. For India, in order to stop them will need to go from the shadows to the highest part of society, learning secrets that may end her days if the rebels find out she isn’t who she says she is.

I absolutely adore the India Black series. The stories are fun, fast moving and full of twists and turns that keep you glued to the pages till the very end. Ms. Karr’s India Black series has gotten better and better with each book that comes out. The author does a fine job in keeping the balance between the historical/mystery parts and I love that she gives her characters room to grow within the series. This is a series I can’t get enough of. Each time I think the author cannot top her last book; she delivers another breathless story to fall in love with.

Meet India Black. She is a beauty who runs one of the premier brothels and is a secret spy for the government. Working with sexy spy, French, the sparks fly between these two even as they take on some dangerous assignments together. But this time India won’t have French by her side as she tries to infiltrate the rebel group the Dark Legion and try to stop tem before they cause totals chaos in England.  India is a smart, accomplished and great character. She is snarky, blunt and so much fun that I wished we could go to coffee together. The characters are great, well written and full of layers. I loved finding out more about all of them and there was many secondary characters that kept the story flowing nicely as well.

INDIA BLACK & SHADOWS OF ANARCHY is one wonderful ride from start to finish. It encompasses a time where the world is changing, where industrial revolution is sweeping the globe and the reader gets drawn in this time period with a sweep of a keystroke by Ms. Carr. The twists and turns in this book left me reeling as I eagerly flipped the pages trying to see what would happen next. If you enjoy a historical story with a mystery to intrigue you, then try Carol K. Carr’s India Black’s Madam of Espionage series and settle in for a rousing good time. I can’t wait to see what happens next for India, French and the rest of the characters in this marvelous series.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement


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