India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy

India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy

by Carol K. Carr


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In Victorian London, India Black has all the attributes a high-class madam needs to run a successful brothel--wit, beauty, and an ability to lie with a smile. Luckily for Her Majesty's Government, all these talents also make her a first-rate spy...

India Black, full-time madam and occasional secret agent, is feeling restless, when one of Disraeli's men calls on her to meet the prime minister--alone. Even though all her previous meetings have been organized by the rakishly handsome spy French, it's been decided this is a mission India must attempt on her own.

Revolt has spread across Europe and reached the shores of England--anarchists have begun assassinating lords and earls, one by one. Now India must infiltrate the ranks of the underground group responsible for those attacks, the sinister Dark Legion. To stop their dread plot, India will go from the murkiest slums of London to the highest levels of society, uncovering secrets that threaten her very existence...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425255957
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Series: Madam of Espionage Series , #3
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

After a career as an attorney and corporate executive, Carol K. Carr turned to writing.

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"Carr's Victorian series just gets better."—Library Journal (starred review)

"India Black, the witty and resourceful young madam of a London brothel, is a delightful protagonist. I shall follow her future career with particular interest."—Vicki Lane, author of The Day of Small Things

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India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
arbjamesAJ More than 1 year ago
India's espionage adventures continue as she is called upon to infiltrate a group of anarchists known as the Dark Legion. Agent French is nowhere to be found, so she is on her own. She manages to successfully convince the group of her anti-government leanings and gains their confidence, while at the same time managing to thwart their diabolical schemes. Imagine her surprise when French shows up as a fellow anarchist! Of course, where India and French are found, Vincent is bound to be close by. Can they catch Grigori, the Dark Legion's leader, without getting themselves and innocent citizens killed in the process? There are many new developments in this novel that I've been waiting for. For one, we finally learn French's whole name (and what a mouthful it is!). We also learn other details about his life. More about India's past are also revealed, with more to be discovered if the teaser at the end is anything to judge by. Looking forward to the next in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the dialog and feisty heroine
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pagese More than 1 year ago
I love India, so I was really looking forward to this latest book in the series. It didn't disappoint, but I felt it was a little less exciting than the previous books in the series. India really is the same heroine I have come to know and love. I love that she never bats and eye when it comes to joining forces with this zealots who want to bring down the monarchy. I often wondered if they were buying her story, but she never seemed to waiver. She was more than willing to do what it takes to prove that she's loyal to the cause. I don't think they couldn't have put any better of a person in that situation. I think the reason that it didn't live up to my idea was because I really missed French. It wasn't just his interaction with India that I wanted, I wanted more of him. He's missing for a part of the beginning. But when we do finally see him, India and French need to act like they don't know each other. It's safer for both of the. We do finally get that interaction, and I really enjoyed every moment of it. I loved some of the events in the story. We're finally getting closer to knowing who India might really be. And the tension between French and India is to the point that something has got to give! I'm hoping this isn't that end, because I would love to see a 4th book in the series!
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azbairdva More than 1 year ago
Carol K. Carr has managed to do it again! India Black get tangled up in another mystery that puts her as an agent for the crown. This book made me laugh aloud and kept my interest that I finished it in a day of reading. I won't say much about the story -- because it would ruin the mystery and building suspense of the characters -- I hate it when other reviews write a complete book report and tell to much about the actual book. You could read this book as a single story, but it is much more fun to start at the beginning if you are new to the India Black story line. Also a great book for those looking for something to add to their book club lists. I am a big fan of this series ....can't wait for August when another India Black novel comes out!!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
In Victorian London, India Black has all the attributes a high-class madam needs to run a successful brothel–wit, beauty, and an ability to lie with a smile. Luckily for Her Majesty’s Government, all these talents also make her a first-rate spy… Revolt has spread across Europe and has now reached England. Anarchists have begun assassinating lords and earls. Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (Dizzy) has sent for India Black. He believes she is ready to handle an assignment on her own. He wants her to infiltrate the underground group he believes is responsible for the attacks. To stop their deadly plot she will travel from the poorest regions of London to the highest levels of society. All in attempt to uncover the secrets that threaten her very existence. Dollycas’s Thoughts Carol K. Carr is an amazing storyteller, just Amazing! She takes us back to the Victorian Era and immerses us in the political and social cultures and wraps it with mystery, intrigue, and humor in her own unique writing style. India Black is a strong, savvy, cheeky protagonist. French appears later in this story and some of the secrets of his life are starting to be revealed as are the secrets to India’s past. Their romantic tension is slowly building with hopes of a real romance. Vincent is a very colorful character. The anarchists are quite an unconventional group. One is just downright strange. The main mystery is carefully plotted and full of surprises. India places herself in some very dangerous situations and more than once I thought she might be meeting her maker. Carr keeps us on the edge of seats one minute to laughing out loud the next. I feel like I am watching a movie rather than reading a book. In my review of India Black and the Widow of Windsor  I said ”her words are like a thousand pictures” and that is even more true with these story. You can hear the door creaks, the rats running through the alleys, the thump as India hits the ground and the splash of the water. Pictures are painted in your mind vividly. You see the squalor of Seven Dials, the bints favorite yellow dress and all of India’s finery. You can smell the stench being emitted from Vincent and almost taste what Mrs. Drinkwater tries to pass off as edible food.   The author also leaves us a bit of a cliffhanger to tempt us as we wait for the next India Black adventure. I can’t wait foe the next Madam of Espionage Mystery.
Maegmel More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! Sadly it was not long enough...I always read them too fast.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the wonderful A Madam Of Espionage Mystery series. India Black is the madam of a high-class brothel in Victorian England, but is also a secret agent, along with French, for Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. In this book India get to showcase her prowess at being a secret agent. P.M. Disraeli summons India to his office, to meet with him and Superintendent Stoke of Scotland Yard. Anarchists are running rampant in London killing off lords and earls at will. They want India to infiltrate the Dark Legion, to determine who the leader is, and put a stop to the killings. French is off on another mission for the PM so it all up to India to handle this matter. Stoke tells India a prostitute that works in Seven Dials might be able provide some information about who the members are. Being a little devious, India is able to convince the girl to come work for her, hoping the girl will be able to provide information needed to infiltrate the Dark Legion. India get a foothold in the legion and it helping plan further subversive events. Just when India is due to meet some the higher people in the Legion, French appears and with his help, India and French are able to break the Legion. I am very happy to see that India was able to take the lead in this book. Hopefully in future books, she will also be able to take the lead, just to keep in the back of French's mind that she is capable of taking the lead. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series and to see if there is a chance of India and French teaming up in more than their spying.