Penelope Ashford, Portia Cynster’s younger sister, has grown up with
every advantage - wealth, position, and beauty. Yet Penelope is anything but a
typical ton miss, forceful, willful and blunt to a fault, she has for years
devoted her considerable energy and intelligence to directing an institution
caring for the forgotten orphans of London’s streets.
But now her charges are mysteriously disappearing. Desperate, Penelope
turns to the one man she knows who might help her, Barnaby Adair.
Handsome scion of a noble house, Adair has made a name for himself in
political and judicial circles. His powers of deduction and observation
combined with his pedigree has seen him solve several serious crimes within the
ton. Although he makes her irritatingly uncomfortable, Penelope throws caution
to the wind and appears on his bachelor doorstep late one night, determined to
recruit him to her cause.
Barnaby is intrigued-both by her story, and her. Her bold beauty and
undeniable brains make a striking contrast to the usual insipid ton misses. And
as he’s in dire need of an excuse to avoid said insipid misses, he accepts her
challenge, never dreaming she and it will consume his every waking hour.
Enlisting the aid of Inspector Basil Stokes of the fledgling Scotland
Yard, they infiltrate the streets of London’s notorious East End. But as they
unravel the mystery of the missing boys, they uncover the trail of a criminal
embedded in the very organization recently created to protect all Londoners.
And that criminal knows of them and their efforts, and is only too ready to
threaten all they hold dear, including their new-found knowledge of the
intrigues of the human heart. Download and start listening now!