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Deadly Kisses, by Brenda Joyce

Deadly Kisses by Brenda Joyce: Book CoverFinished 3-20-10, rating 4.5/5, romance, pub. 2006

Book 8 of the Deadly series (Book 1) (Book 2) (Book 3) (Book 4) (Book 5) (Book 6) (Book 7)

Her grip on the paperweight tightened.  She debated turning to flee, but in a moment whoever was beyond her would appear and see her.  Instead, she pressed against the wall, waiting.  The shadowy form of a man appeared, carrying a candle.  He saw her against the wall, halted in midstride and lifted the candle higher.

Francesca was illuminated-but so was he.

Chapter 2

If you have been following along as I have been reading this series, you know that Francesca is a modern gal caught in 1902 New York City.  She is headstrong reformer and a brave sleuth in a time that a lady, especially one as well-to-do as she, is not looked upon favorably by most.  Even her family is against he working with the police to solve crimes that put her in the direct path of dangerous criminals.  She does seem to get injured in every book so I understand their concern.

Francesca begins this story being called to the home of her fiance’s ex-mistress and finding her stabbed to death.  Calder is the main suspect, but not the only one and Francesca takes it upon herself to find the real killer.  When Calder is  arrested he breaks off their engagement to save her from scandal and Francesca is devastated.

This is also the continuation of Rick and Leann’s reconciliation and Evan’s downward spiral into gambling debt and ill-chosen mistresses. 

I have now re-read the series that I have always thought to be a favorite and was not disappointed.  The romance could sometimes get a little melodramatic, but the mystery was always spot on and not always easy to figure out.  I love Calder and Francesca and look forward to next year when the next in the series comes out after five long years.

This was from my personal library.

March 21, 2010 - Posted by | 4 1/2 Star Books |


  1. Nope, I have not read this series at all. You reread a whole series… wow!!
    I will surely look out for this one here then.

    Comment by Veens | March 22, 2010 | Reply

  2. It’s wonderful that the series held up so well to a re-read!

    Comment by bermudaonion | March 22, 2010 | Reply

  3. I’m definitely reading these this summer!! Did you watch the MSU game last night…could you hear me screaming????

    Comment by Staci | March 22, 2010 | Reply

  4. I’ve enjoyed following this series each Sunday. I have my eyes out for them. I’d like to catch up before next year.

    Comment by Margot | March 22, 2010 | Reply

  5. Interesting series! I’ll have to look them up, thanks for bringing them to my attention.

    Comment by Heather | March 25, 2010 | Reply

  6. Not reading this review….I have yet to get to Deadly Love. I just reborrowed it from the library. I promise I’ll read it soon.

    Comment by jennygirl | March 25, 2010 | Reply

  7. […] that I liked so much set in 1902 New York. I reviewed books 6-8 of the 9 book series this month, Deadly Kisses, Deadly Illusions, Deadly […]

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