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#31: India Black and the Gentleman Thief - Carol K. Carr

India Black’s double life operating a high-class brothel and running high-stakes espionage for Her Majesty’s government can take its toll. But there’s no rest for the weary—particularly when an international conspiracy comes knocking…
 
India Black is one of Victorian London’s most respected madams—not a bloody postmistress. So when Colonel Francis Mayhew forwards a seemingly innocuous shipping bill to her address, she’s puzzled. And when three thugs bust down her door, steal the envelope, and rough up both her and fellow agent French…well, that’s enough to make India Black see red.
 
The veteran spies soon discover that Mayhew has been butchered in his own bedroom. An impromptu investigation leads them to London’s docks, where India makes a startling discovery she can’t bear to tell the rakish French—she has a history with their chief suspect, the gentleman thief who once stole her heart.



  • Series: A Madam of Espionage Mystery (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (February 4, 2014)
  • ISBN: 9780425262481




My review for book 1, India Black
My review for book 2, India Black and the Widow of Windsor
My review for novella, India Black and the Rajah's Ruby
My review for book 3, India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy





After a career as a lawyer and corporate executive, Carol K. Carr turned to writing. India Black is her first book. She lives in the Missouri Ozarks with her husband and two German Shepherds. You can visit her website at www.carolkcarr.com











REVIEW:
I am and have always been a big fan of India Black. She is a no-bullshit kinda girl and that's my kinda girl. As you can see from my previous reviews, I have loved every single book. This one is no different. If I could give it 6 stars, I would!
India has a touch more banter on her this time around. I really feel her clever wit coming out more and more, but this book I was loving it. Carol has written this exceptional female, who has more sass and sexiness than anyone around. She is one madam that ladies could admire. I do.
French kinda irked me this time around. Like, you are betrothed so either kick her to the curb, (who cares about doing the right thing), or just let it go and be upfront to India. I think it makes him lose some of that allure we already have. I mean he really starts to look like a wimp a bit, in the relationship department anyway.
Vincent seems to have matured now and I really like that, but felt he had a minor role in the book. Did I mind? Not really.
The story around this Mayhew guy was pretty cool. I had to wonder why she got this package and the mystery around his death. It was a solid mystery that I got lost in. It helped lots of people got beat up or shot at. I go for that.
The ending left me thinking there will be more, but in Africa. I hope I'm right!!

5/5






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