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London, 1887. Part stoic gentleman, part fearless Yard man, Zeno “Zak” Kennedy is an enigma of the first order. For years, the memory of a deadly bombing at King’s Cross has haunted the brilliant Scotland Yard detective. His investigation has zeroed in on a ring of aristocratic rebels whose bloody campaign for Irish revolution is terrorizing the city. When he discovers one of the treacherous lords is acquainted with his free-spirited new tenant, Cassandra St. Cloud, his inquiry pulls him unexpectedly close to the heart of the conspiracy and into the arms of a most intriguing lady.
And Cassie is no Victorian prude. An Impressionist painter with very modern ideas about life and love, she is eager for a romantic escapade that is daring and discreet. She sets her sights on her dour but handsome landlord, but after she learns their meeting was not purely accidental, she hardly has a chance to forgive her lover before their passionate affair catapults them both into a perilous adventure.
WHEN FANNY Greyville-Nugent's father suffers a gruesome death in the clutches of his own machine, mourning his loss is not the beautiful heiress's only heartbreak. Scotland Yard is convinced he was targeted in a plot to halt the rise of industry, and Fanny's former fiance, dashing and dubious detective Raphael “Rafe” Lewis, has been assigned to the case.
For the estranged ex-lovers, bringing the notorious assassins to justice proves as tumultuous as quelling pent-up desires. Fighting peril and passion at every turn of a dangerous journey from Edinburgh to London, they are pursued by an anarchist group hell-bent on destroying her father's mysterious entry into the London Industrial Exposition.
When an astonishing discovery about the couple's failed engagement surfaces, the sleuthing duo realize they can trust no one. Rafe confesses new details about his infidelity and Fanny risks all to avenge her father's murder. But will Rafe and Fanny triumph over the pain of their past?
Origin factoid: By the 1880's Victorian London is awash in anarchists, domestic and foreign. These destructive dynamiters are the prime reason for the creation of Special Branch, Scotland Yard.
Prima ballerina Catriona de Dovia lives the glamorous life of a starlet, filled with glittering jewels, sumptuous dinners, and admiring suitors. She’s grown up considerably since losing her heart to Hugh Curzon once upon a time, no longer wasting her emotions on the empty promises of charming gentlemen. On her own since the untimely death of her parents, she will do anything for the only family she has left: her brother, a notorious anarchist.
Scotland Yard Agent Phineas Gunn—sometimes known as Hugh Curzon—receives his new assignment reluctantly. He’s up for something a little more strenuous than playing nanny to a ballerina, until he sees who his charge is. Then, it’s a completely different story, because he’d been unable to forget the trusting, beautiful Cate since he had to leave her behind in Barcelona.
As the two race across the Continent—by land, by sea, even through the air by zephyr—it becomes uncertain who is keeping tabs on whom, and Finn and Cate must battle the sexual tension that snaps and sizzles between them every step of the way.
Known affectionately as "Roger" by Special Branch Yard men, the skeleton key is capable of opening any lock regardless of make or type.
The first armored one man vehicle invented by Simms and Minnow. Prototypes are tested by Scotland Yard as well as the War Office.
Antique Webley Mk I .455 Revolver, circa 1887. Standard issue small-arm for Special Branch Yard men.
W I D G E T S & W E A P O N S O F S P E C I A L B R A N C H
Unknown to the public at large, the dry cell battery was created in a secret laboratory funded by the War Office in 1886. This was the first battery suitable for portable electrical devices, as it did not spill or break easily and worked in any orientation.
By 1887, an electrical
torch powered by "D" batteries is designed. Batteries are laid front to back in a paper tube capped with a light bulb and a rough brass reflector. A number of these prototype devices are donated to Scotland Yard whose Special Branch detectives, respond favorably to them.
A second chance at love––on the run.
Publishers Weekly calls An Affair with Mr. Kennedy “A satisfying romance featuring a genuinely original pair of lovers and sparkling supporting characters set against an unusual social and political background...”
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Could the crime of the century lead to the love of a lifetime?
Rifle silencer invented by Hiram Percy Maxim with design input and financing from Phineas Gunn.
Put James Bond in a time machine and transport him to late Victorian London, add a good bit of Sherlock Holmes, a splash of Lord Byron and you get pretty close to The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard. Although the detectives are reality-based characters, the plot lines, sleuthing methods and gadgetry edge on Steampunk.
Before MI5 there was Special Branch
The 1884 La France, the first fully controllable airship.
170-foot long and electric-powered by battery, the airship completed a flight that covered 8 km (5.0 mi) in 23 minutes. It was the first full round trip flight with a landing on the starting point.
La Marquise, 1884 De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout.
This steam operated automobile was built in 1884, one year before
Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler perfected their gasoline engine.
It was driven by de Dion
in 1887 to win the world's first auto race. It covered the 32 Km from the Pont de Neuilly in Paris to Versailles and back in 74 minutes at an average speed of 15.9 Km. Reports of the day said that it reached 60 Km/hr on the straights.
"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
"Say che-e-e-ese Sherlock."
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AS READERS OF The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series already know, Archibald “Archie” Bruce heads up the crime laboratory for Special Branch. Undervalued and overworked, the brilliant young man has no time for a social life––that is, until the heroine's father, a noted chemist in his own right, offers Archie a deal. He will modify a secret rubber-based compound that will transfer fingerprints from the crime scene to the lab. In exchange, Archie must agree to tutor his charming, but exasperating daughter, Miss Fiona A. Rose, for the major pharmacy exam.
But as Archie and Fiona attempt to study for the major, they can't help but get involved in a bit of sleuthing. Was the fire in the opium den accidental or deliberately set? Who was behind the lab explosion? Not to mention the strange and haunting memory of a masquerade ball and a very seductive kiss. Amidst the pop quizzes and adventure, Fiona and Archie ultimately find the force of attraction too tempting to resist.
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The quintessential Byronic hero, Detective Inspector Flynn Rhys is mad, bad and dangerous to know.
––G. Jillian Stone
2013 Daphne du Maurier finalist.
2013 RT Book Reviews Editor's Choice Award nominee.
2013 Daphne du Maurier finalist.
2010 Winner of the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award for Romantic Suspense.
A diverse band of talented operatives, are recruited and trained for an assignment of such a sensitive nature, only four men outside the covert operation know of its existence. William Melville, Director of Special Branch, and Chief Detective Inspector, Zeno Kennedy of Scotland Yard, William Henry Hall, Director of Naval Intelligence, and undercover agent, Hugh Curzon, aka Phineas Gunn.
Christmas Eve, London 1887
After the unfortunate death of a highly placed Home Office official, Detective Flynn Rhys is given a choice. Resign from Scotland Yard, or lead a high-risk operation codenamed Dragon. He is given six weeks to recruit and train his coterie of operatives, made up of burglars, prostitutes, forgers, torturers and assassins. Nothing much is riding on this operation, only the continued sovereignty of the British Empire.
Besotted with the eccentric, slightly mad detective since the age of fifteen, Alice Armistead is determined to be a part of the new clandestine operation. And she has made it clear to Flynn that she will not take no for an answer. He won’t hear of it, but when Alice helps him catch the notorious arms trafficker, Grey de Ruthyn, he presents her with a challenge. Train as a fighter, and best him in at least one of three physically grueling events––marksmanship, hand to hand combat, or swords. Then, and only then, will he consider her for a position with Dragon.
Really, think so? Wait 'til you meet her.
Dark, Deadly, Dragon Kisses coming this Fall 2014
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