Friday, October 3, 2014


A Madam of Espionage Mystery
August 8th, 2014
Historical Mystery/Thriller
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Author
4 Hearts

For India Black, being London’s premier madam is a job she enjoys as it also hides the fact she is the crown’s top operative. Finding a shipping bill forwarded to her by Col. Francis Mayhew confuses her even more until a bunch of thugs rush in, rough up Indian and fellow agent, French and steal the bill leave India very angry. Now teamed up with French for answers, India finds she is up against the clock as they chase down leads and clues that have India facing her worst advisory to date. The one man who stole her heart years before…

I just love, love, love this series. There is so much to say about it as a whole; I am not sure where to begin since I don’t want to give too much away of the plot. The author does a great job in capturing India’s whole personality. Her wit, vulnerability and more come across clear as day amid the pages. This is truly one character I would love to meet for tea one afternoon and chat with. India Is an agent for the crown as well as one of London’s most respected Madam’s.  The author does a great job in keeping the reader on the edge through the whole book with a few twists tossed in to make their jaw drop in shock. The story flows smoothly and quickly and the characters are just down right entertaining. The story has heart, mystery, action and adventure, secrets and more all within the 300+ pages of INDIA BLACK & THE GENTLEMAN THIEF.

Meet India Black. Madam. Spy. All woman. India is trying to solve the mystery of her family while helping French, a fellow agent to the Crown, solve an international smuggling ring. India is about to meet her match and if you haven’t read the novella, India Black and the Rajah’s Ruby, I highly recommend reading that one before this book as it answers the questions of India and this gentleman thief as well as sets up this storyline. I am continually impressed at the many parts India plays to get answers to questions while on a mission. She is quite a character and the rest of her companions is just as intriguing as India is. All the characters are well written, entertaining and keep the reader on their toes. I loved some of the secondary characters to pieces such as the Dowager Marchioness of Tullibardine.

If you are looking for an engrossing and highly entertaining series then I highly recommend the India Black series. I do caution that even though each of the books are stand alone, I would read them in order to get the complete character growth and sub-plots that tease through out the series. Ms. Carr delivers another hit with INDIA BLACK AND THE GENTLEMAN THIEF. I am eager to see where she goes next for India, French and the rest of the gang in the future.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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