India Black and the Gentleman Thief

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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 ...

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Overview

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…

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“Carr’s Victorian series just gets better.”—Library Journal (starred review)

Praise for the series
 
“A breathless ride through Victorian England.”—Victoria Thompson, author of Murder in Chelsea
 
“For those who enjoy history, romance and mysteries rolled into one.”—Romance Readers Connection

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425262481
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Series: Madam of Espionage Series , #4
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 128,606
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

After a career as an attorney and corporate executive, Carol K. Carr turned to writing. She is the author of the Madame of Espionage mysteries. She lives in the Missouri Ozarks with her husband and two German shepherds. 

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

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    India Black is one of Victorian London¿s most respected madams¿n

    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…

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    Each story is better than the last and Carr’s writing and her characters continue to evolve. India is the madam of Lotus House, a London brothel, where gentleman of of very high rank in government and military are welcomed daily. She has grown from just a madam to work as an agent for Her Majesty’s Government with full approval of the prime minister while maintaining the brothel. It makes a great cover. I have loved India Black since the start but the India in this story starts to let her guard down just a bit. The tension both romantic and in general between India and French is reaching a peak. We also learn more about India’s past and French’s too. Having the Marchioness of Tullibardine and her entourage underfoot at Lotus House gives the story a whole new dimension and even makes Vincent shine.

    The story is full of action as India, French and Vincent travel from the War Office to the dirty, gritty docks and around the English countryside trying to catch a killer and stop a international smuggling ring. They find themselves in some quite precarious situations.

    What I love about these stories is these fantastic characters are all unique and even facing serious danger their personalities continue shine through. India is a very stubborn woman, French puts up with her and does his best to keep her safe. Their dialogue is full of sarcasm and wit and at times had me laughing out loud.

    We met the marchioness in India Black and the Widow of Windsor and the gentleman thief connects to the short story India Black and the Rajah’s Ruby,which is a prequel to the series. The stories take place in pretty quick succession. We are given just a hint as to what India and French will be up to in the next installment as this story ends. To truly enjoy this series it should be read in order.

    A truly great series I recommend highly.

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  • Posted February 6, 2014

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    I declare I like India Black more with each book in the series!

    I declare I like India Black more with each book in the series! This one picks right up where the last one ends, with India threatening to impale French with her rapier if he doesn't reveal what he knows about her family. Of course, before she can make good on her threat, their next adventure comes knocking. Literally. Colonel Mayhew sends an odd bill for shipping tools to India (the country!) to the Lotus House, telling the messenger that he will pick it up later. Why would he send it to the Lotus House, where he has been a customer but has no other connection? Things get more mysterious when three thugs burst in and beat the all-fired crap out of India and French and make off with the bill. When India and French go to confront Colonel Mayhew, they find that he has been horribly murdered. Of course, this all relates to another national security threat, so they are enlisted by the Prime Minister to investigate. It's a darn site hard to concentrate on the matter at hand, however, when the Marchioness comes to town to finally explain everything to India, and then the "gentleman thief" of the title, an old flame of India's, is somehow mixed up in the whole thing. Of course, it all makes for a rollicking good time, and I think I have actually grown to like the Marchioness! We learn so much more about India and her connection to French, although their relationship takes an unsatisfactory turn. The end sets up for the next book, which should be amusing. Can't wait!

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