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Regency bestseller Carlyle (Never Romance a Rake) kicks off a new series full of James Bond-style international intrigue and passionate trysts. Lady Phaedra Northampton is in a shop inquiring about her maid's missing sister, Millie, when a mysterious Russian staggers in and falls dead at her feet, a knife protruding from his back. Handsome rake Tristan Talbot, heir to the marquess of Hauxton, takes on the search for the killer, and Phae insists on helping him investigate, suspecting a link to Millie's disappearance. The two quickly sense undeniable chemistry that has Phae reconsidering her vow of spinsterhood and Tristan admitting that perhaps women are good for more than quick flings. Though at times the spy craft seems a touch incongruous, Carlyle's fans will enjoy cheering for her fearless heroine. (Apr.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.