Deadly Pleasure, by Brenda Joyce
This is book 2 in the Deadly series (Book 1 review)
Someone grabbed her arm, hard.
Francesca whirled, knowing it wasn’t either of her parents. A pair of black eyes met hers from beneath a huge gurtimmed hood.
For one instant Francesca stood there, shocked that someone would grab her and unable to to determine whether the person was a man or woman. She was about to demand that she be released when the person said, “Miss Cahill?”
It was a woman. Francesca relaxed slightly. “Yes?”
“Please.” The woman’s single word was an emotionally distressed plea. “Please. Please help me.” she said.
Beautiful and wealthy heiress, Francesca Cahill, fresh off her success in catching a killer and falling in love with the new New York City police commissioner is now passing out business cards calling herself Crime-Solver Extraordinaire. Life is looking good. Rick asks her out, she has her first paying job, and her parents remain unaware of her college studies and most of her sleuthing. But in the course of her investigation she catches her brother-in-law having an affair with a murder suspect and Rick confesses a devastating secret. The dead body in this book is Calder Hart’s father. Francesca hopes to mend the rift between the two brothers and needs to prove Calder innocent to do it.
I love the relationship between Rick and Francesca and there are so many great supporting chraracters like her perfect sister, snooty mom, and pickpocket assistant.
If you like turn of the century New York, wealthy and powerful men and beautiful and smart women you should give it a try. If you are sensitive to the way alpha males treat the women they love then this may not be the series for you. It’s a favorite series of mine and they really need to be read in order.