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On a mission to discover the identity of the writer publishing speculative short stories in the London Heraldrevealing personal confidences-including his own-Ash Denison escorts his grandmother and cousin to a Gothic writers' symposium and is attracted to author Eve Dearing (a.k.a. Mrs. Barrymore), whose latest novel he had read and, to his amazement, enjoyed. Coming to Eve's aid when she seems unsteady, Ash has no idea that the psychically gifted Eve has just sensed a wave of violent malevolence coming from someone in the audience-directed at her. Old hatreds, unspeakable abuse, murder, and secrets a villain will kill to keep drive the complex plot of this gripping, beautifully sensual story that reveals its clues so skillfully that readers will be enthralled until the end. Thornton (The Bachelor Trap) is a veteran author of well-crafted historicals; she lives in Canada.