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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,119 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Hoyt Narrator: Ashford McNab Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Maiden Lane Series Release Date:
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A masked man.

Winter Makepeace lives a double life. By day he’s the stoic headmaster of a home for foundling children. But the night brings out a darker side of Winter. As the moon rises, so does the Ghost of St. Giles—protector, judge, fugitive. When the Ghost, beaten and wounded, is rescued by a beautiful aristocrat, Winter has no idea that his two worlds are about to collide.

A dangerous woman.

Lady Isabel Beckinhall enjoys nothing more than a challenge. Yet when she’s asked to tutor the Home’s dour manager in the ways of society—flirtation, double entendres, and scandalous liaisons—Isabel can’t help wondering why his eyes seem so familiar—and his lips so tempting.

A passion neither could deny.

During the day Isabel and Winter engage in a battle of wills; at night their passions are revealed. But when little girls start disappearing from St. Giles, Winter must avenge them. For that he might have to sacrifice everything: the Home, Isabel—and his life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Elizabeth Hoyt has outdone herself.”

    Jennifer Ashley, New York Times bestselling author

  • Hoyt's third Maiden Lane novel is historical romance at its best! Publishers Weekly
  • “Hoyt’s fourth Maiden Lane Georgian-era romance is an expert blend of scintillating romance and mystery…Suspense adds intensity…and the romance between the beautiful and quick-witted Isabel and the masked champion of the downtrodden propels this novel to the top of its genre.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Fans of the Maiden Lane series who have been anxiously awaiting Winter Makepeace’s story will be more than satisfied with Hoyt’s innovative, emotional, sensual, and even humorous installment. Hoyt’s beautiful blending of the essential elements of a fairy tale into a stunning love story enhances this delicious ‘keeper.’”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “A sophisticated widow and a younger man with a dangerous secret clash in Thief of Shadows, part of Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series…Scorching love scenes, a hero and heroine with deep wells of emotion, and a delightful twist at the end make this a memorable, remarkable romance.”


  • “In the fourth installment in the Maiden Lane series, all of Hoyt’s signature literary ingredients—wickedly clever dialogue, superbly nuanced characters, danger, and scorching sexual chemistry—click neatly into place to create a breathtakingly romantic love story.”


  • “Hoyt’s latest Georgian tale features a woman who hides the disappointment of her childless marriage behind insouciance and a young crusader afraid to release the beast that guides his clandestine persona. Yet when the pair finally come together, desire and long-denied sensuality explode upon the page.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2012 RT Award for Best Historical Romance
  • A July 2012 BookPage Top Pick in Romance

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rosanne | 2/14/2014

    " Fell a bit flat. But had a great start "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Natalie Murphy | 2/9/2014

    " Ms Hoyt does it again! I absolutely LOVED this book. The plot was interesting, the characters were loveable, and the writing was amazing. I was greatly anticipating this book since the beginning of the series and she did not disappoint. Winter's character was complex--just the way I like a hero to be. Thankfully, Isabel complimented him nicely, proving to be a perfect heroine for him. Fans of this serious will love this book. I can't wait for the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pamela(AllHoney) | 1/17/2014

    " Thief of Shadows is the fourth book in the Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt. Just when you think Ms Hoyt can't possibly publish another great one, she does. Wonderful and engaging characters that work in spite of what the traditional formula for romance calls for. A story with a fairy tale feel that pulls you in until the end and then leaves you with a feeling of loss when the story is over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Camandy | 1/11/2014

    " Liked the series. Hoyt is on of my keepers. "

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