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Deadly Love, by BD Joyce (Brenda Joyce)

Cover ImageFinished 1-17-10, rating 4.5/5, romance, pub. 2001

Book 1 in the Deadly series

Francesca saw nothing amusing about the fact that her mother was determined to marry her off, sooner rather than later.  “How can you make fun of reform?  When there is so much poverty and injustice in our midst?”

“Connie ceased pulling on the corset.  She turned Francesca around.  “I am not making fun of reform, Fran.  I would never be so callous.  But you are so serious!  Study, reform, study, reform, study, reform.  It is funny.  You are funny!”

Chapter 1

It’s 1902 in New York City and Francesca, a 20-year-old bluestocking, openly works for reform while secretly attending Brainard College.  She is the youngest of three and still lives at home with her parents in what is called the Marble Palace because of its opulence.  Francesca is determined to get a journalism degree and become the first woman reporter for a major New York newspaper and her mother is just as determined to see her marry well.  Francesca is beautiful and wealthy and suitors have never been a problem, but she is known to be different from other girls her age, so her best friends are her sister Connie and her brother Evan.

Rick Bragg is the new police commissioner, appointed to clean up the city’s police department.  When Francesca becomes involved in a case he is working on, involving a missing boy, an interest is sparked on both sides.  Francesca has a lot going on, but it doesn’t stop her from dreaming of a future with Rick, although her mother has labeled him a bastard and unacceptable as a suitor.

Francesca puts herself in danger to try and save the neighbor boy and proves herself to be brave, smart, and vulnerable.  She struggles to become the independent woman she wants to be, while her family tries to make her the conventional girl they’d like her to be.

This book is a fun start to a series that goes in a direction that I never expected.  I think this one is the calm before the storm.

If you like romances, especially historicals, don’t miss this one.  I won an autographed copy of this on years ago and it was the first Brenda Joyce book I read and  now, countless books later, consider myself a big fan.

January 24, 2010 - Posted by | 4 1/2 Star Books


  1. It’s so much fun to discover a new series to savor!

    Comment by bermudaonion | January 24, 2010 | Reply

  2. I’ve yet to read anything by Brenda Joyce but I hear so many good things about her I know I should. Thanks for the great review!

    PS. there’s an award waiting for you at my place The Eclectic Reader

    Comment by Teddyree | January 24, 2010 | Reply

  3. I’ve not read any Joyce but you make it sound delightful!!!

    Comment by Staci | January 24, 2010 | Reply

  4. I’ve read quite a few Brenda Joyce books but they are al contemporary. I’m going to try to find this series.

    Comment by Margot | January 24, 2010 | Reply

  5. It’s a great series. I really like mysteries set in that time period. Francesca is a great character. I received an email from Brenda Joyce that a new book will be out soon.
    I also really like the Sarah Woolson series you blogged about. Another really good series with a female “sleuth” set in the early 1900s is The Gaslight Mysteries by Victoria Thompson.

    Comment by Kathy | January 24, 2010 | Reply

  6. I am a great fan of Brenda Joyce. I own Deadly Kisses out of the series. Will check out others too.

    BTW, I have read/reviewed two of her books recently. Those are:

    After Innocence

    Captive: the review is scheduled to come up tomorrow.

    Do check both when you have time.

    Comment by gautami tripathy | January 25, 2010 | Reply

  7. I think I’ve read one of Brenda Joyce’s books. I’m not a big fan of historical romance, though.

    Comment by Alice Teh | January 30, 2010 | Reply

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