Deadly Kisses (Francesca Cahill Series #8)

Deadly Kisses (Francesca Cahill Series #8)

by Brenda Joyce
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Deadly Kisses (Francesca Cahill Series #8) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
This fun, fast, historical suspense is a re-release of Ms. Joyce's 2006 title. Deadly Kisses is the second book I read in Ms. Joyce's Deadly series, but it is not the second book in the series which began with Deadly Love published in 2001. Deadly Kisses is actually the eighth book in the series. Even if you do not start at the beginning, and I didn't, the Francesca Cahill books are addictive. The characters, especially Francesca, her fiancé Calder Hart, his half-brother police commissioner Rick Bragg, and several minor characters, are captivating. The plot is fast paced and interesting, but the dynamics between the characters is what keeps the pages turning. Would you support your fiancé if he was the main suspect in the brutal murder of his pregnant ex-mistress? Would you blithely step into a reputation-destroying scandal if you could avoid it? Francesca Cahill does. There's something irresistible about a person who ignores the sound advice of friends, relatives and her lover to stand up for what and who she thinks is right. Francesca is loyal to a fault. In my review of a previous title Deadly Illusions, I mentioned a few flaws and those continue in this installment as well. Francesca lives in a magic bubble in which danger isn't dangerous. I never feared for her, or for Hart, or any of the characters really. Bad stuff happens, but I never had the feeling that it would be all that bad, last very long, or have truly long-term negative effects on the characters I cared about. That isn't necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes, it's exactly what a reader wants. I was reminded of the red-shirted characters in the landing party of the old series Star Trek. They were the ones to die. There is no doubt who is going to "get it" in these books, which makes Deadly Kisses a bit predicable, but that's okay. The reader knows what to expect getting when she picks up one of these books and she gets it. Brenda Joyce does not disappoint. If Deadly Kisses is your first Francesca Cahill book there will appear to be several red herrings in the book-details that, while interesting, bring up conflicts that don't really have anything to do with anything. These are plot threads which were raised in previous titles and are unresolved. It appears Ms. Joyce is reminding the reader that those issues remain unresolved but haven't been forgotten. I expect their resolution in Deadly Vows, the ninth title in this series. Deadly Vows is sitting on my shelf awaiting my attention. I'm looking forward to it. And when I'm done, I'm going to get my hands of the rest of this series because, like Lime Tostitos, these books are addictive. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1902 New York amateur sleuth Francesca Cahill gets her father to agree to support her marrying notorious businessman Calder Hart, who he fears will break his daughter¿s heart one day but dad stipulates she wait one year to wed him. Not long after compromising with her caring father, Francesca receives a note from Rose who asks her to come quickly to Daisy Hart¿s home.----- Though she is reluctant to visit Daisy, Calder¿s former lover, who hates her, Francesca comes anyway. A near hysterical Rose asks Francesca to investigate the homicide of Daisy as she does not trust the police. Francesca would prefer to team up with Commissioner Rick Bragg as she has done several times recently. However, her mind is made up for her when she sees Calder, who was supposed to be in Boston on business, staring at the battered corpse. The evidence points at her fiancé as the killer. Everyone assumes he committed homicide except Francesca who refuses to believe her beloved would kill so viciously though she knows he is concealing something from her.------ The latest Cahill historical amateur sleuth ale (though not paid can you remain classified an amateur sleuth after eight or nine investigations?) is a terrific tale as the audience obtains a fine murder mystery and further insight into how Francesca¿s parents feel about Calder as a son-in-law. The inquiry is interesting because everyone assumes that Calder killed Daisy except Francesca who sets out to prove she is right in spite of her beloved not cooperating. Brenda Joyce freshens up her Cahill capers with this fine who-done-it that also moves forward on the two male fronts that had seemed stagnant in recent books.----- Harriet Klausner
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even if not said, this is a re-print. First came out in Feb 2006. Have been waiting for the last book, on who does Franseca marry??
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StephJ77 More than 1 year ago
The Deadly series is amazing! I was so addicted, I could not put them down. I have just gotten into reading romance novels, and I thoroughly enjoyed these. They are historical romance/mystery novels (my 2 favorite types of books now)all rolled into one. I loved the adventure and mystery in each story, they had great twists and turns, and a perfect amount of romance (some quite heated). Wonderful characters in these stories - I can not wait to read the new one coming out in 2011!! Please write more Brenda!
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Francesca Cahill's latest adventure begins when she is summoned to the home of her fiance', Calder Hart's, ex-mistress. There, she finds Daisy's best friend, Rose, rocking Daisy's bloody corpse. In short order, Francesca finds herself hired to find out who killed her one time friend and rival. Once she learns that Calder lied to her, Francesca begins to fear that he is involved in the death, at the least, and perhaps something more sordid. Yet, somehow, she believes in Calder, and is determined to set him free even after his own brother arrests him. As her investigation continues, Francesca learns many ugly things in the victim's life. It would have been sensible to stop her quest, everyone tells her that, but Francesca needs the truth. ...................... *** This complex novel combines the girl sleuth aspect of Nancy Drew with a mature historical mystery. There are many shades of grey in this story, as each character deals with their troubling issues. Fans of Ms. Joyce will be well pleased. ***