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The Illusion of Desire [NOOK Book]

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The Napoleonic wars have been over for years, but Nicholas Ainsley is still battling his disillusionment and the scars he suffered during the British retreat from Corunna. Seeking to forget, he accepts employment as an inquiry agent and is drawn into a complex murder investigation. Lord Taunton is killed just a few weeks before he plans to marry a young debutante. The dead earl’s closest friend claims Taunton’s mistress, Kathryn, killed the earl because his plans to marry another woman enraged her. Despite the ...

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Overview

The Napoleonic wars have been over for years, but Nicholas Ainsley is still battling his disillusionment and the scars he suffered during the British retreat from Corunna. Seeking to forget, he accepts employment as an inquiry agent and is drawn into a complex murder investigation. Lord Taunton is killed just a few weeks before he plans to marry a young debutante. The dead earl’s closest friend claims Taunton’s mistress, Kathryn, killed the earl because his plans to marry another woman enraged her. Despite the evidence increasingly pointing to Kathryn, Nicholas believes she may be innocent. Others have equally strong motives to want the earl dead. Taunton cultivated a series of illusions to hide the details of his private life, and Nicholas is sure that one of the carefully constructed veils may be hiding the face of the killer.

As he digs deeper, Nicholas discovers an older mystery left unresolved. Is the earl’s death related to the seven-year-old tragedy, or was his murder committed for entirely different reasons? Nicholas is determined to rip away the illusions and reveal the face of the vicious killer, regardless of personal cost.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045715577
  • Publisher: Amy Corwin
  • Publication date: 2/21/2014
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 620,955
  • File size: 335 KB

Meet the Author

Award-winning author Amy Corwin is an insatiable reader and writer. She joined the Romance Writers of America at its inception and Mystery Writers of America after her first hardcover mystery, Whacked! was published. She writes Regencies, paranormal romances, and mysteries, although to be truthful, most of her books include a bit of murder and mayhem since she discovered that killing off at least one character is a highly effective way to make the remaining ones toe the plot line.

Amy’s books have received numerous writing awards. Her first Regency, SMUGGLED ROSE, received a 4-star review by “The Romantic Times” and her second Regency, I BID ONE AMERICAN (recently republished as THE UNWANTED HEIRESS), received a perfect score of 5 from Long and Short Reviews. Her list of mysteries, romance, and paranormals has increased to over a dozen works.

Join her and discover that every good romance includes a bit of mystery!
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  • Posted March 5, 2014

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    The Illusion of Desire by Amy Corwin A Second Sons Inquiry Agenc

    The Illusion of Desire by Amy Corwin
    A Second Sons Inquiry Agency Mystery
    Kathryn Whitehorn-Litton is not quite who she seems to be. She has been thrown into the demi-monde because she is a single woman living with a man, or so it seems. No one realizes she is just a lonely young woman wanting to be loved. When her protector is found dead, it seems all the blame is about to fall at her feet. And her one alibi is something she cannot tell anyone about. She is doomed either way.

    Captain Nicholas Ainsley has felt a bit out of sorts since the war. His betrothed chose another over him and with his war injuries there isn't much for him to do. Until Mr. Gaunt hires him as an inquiry agent. His first case is a murder and the evidence keeps pointing to a woman his heart wants to believe is innocent. And he can't give into his heart until he can find the murderer.

    Another great mystery by Amy Corwin. Plenty of suspects and evidence pointing towards them. An exciting story that has you trying to find the guilty party, so the others can have their romance. Plenty of plot twists and surprises along the way. And unique secondary characters. The author includes some thoughts from a couple of the guys who are rather hopeless. Even though they do what's wrong, I found their circumstances grabbed my heart. It's a bit of real life. As was the fact of how many soldiers came home from war and were forgotten.

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