Secrets in Scarlet

Secrets in Scarlet

by Erica Monroe


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When a girl is murdered at a factory in one of London's rookeries, Sergeant Thaddeus Knight of the Metropolitan Police comes in to investigate. But it's not just the factory owners that Thaddeus wants information on-the devilishly intriguing Poppy O'Reilly is a puzzle he'd like nothing more than to solve.

Protecting her young daughter is the most important thing to Poppy, and Thaddeus threatens the false identity she's carefully constructed. The last thing she should do is allow Thaddeus close to her family, yet she can't stay away from him. With danger around the corner, will the secrets of a scarlet woman lead to their undoing?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990022954
Publisher: Quillfire Publishing
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Erica Monroe is a USA Today Bestselling Author of emotional, suspenseful romance. Her debut novel, A Dangerous Invitation, has been nominated in the published historical category for the prestigious 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Romantic Suspense. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Heart of Carolina, Kiss of Death Romantic Suspense chapter, and the Beau Monde Regency Romance chapter. When not writing, she is a chronic TV watcher, sci-fi junkie, lover of pit bulls, and shoe fashionista. She lives in the suburbs of North Carolina with her husband, two dogs, and a cat.

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Secrets in Scarlet 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked story characters suspense Didn't like friend, Abigail being tortured by villains hand put in roller face disfigured she was already crippled drug her leg Too depressing One injury is enough
DebDiem 7 months ago
Secrets In Scarlet by Erica Monroe is an entertaining historical romance. Ms. Monroe has given readers a book that is well-written and populated with fabulous characters. Thaddeus is a Sergeant with the Metropolitan Police. Poppy is a weaver at a factory, trying to raise her daughter without a husband. Thaddeus and Poppy's story is packed with drama, humor, sizzle, action and suspense. I enjoyed this book and will gladly read more from Erica Monroe in the future. Secrets In Scarlet is book 2 of The Rookery Rogues Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
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Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This fabulous historical romantic suspense story is the tale of Poppy and Thaddeus. While investigating the murder of a factory worker, Thaddeus sets his sights on Poppy as one who can help him gain inside information. Poppy owes Thaddeus a favour for saving her brother's life but holds her own secrets close to her heart, secrets she fears will destroy the dawning attraction between them. With time running out, can Poppy trust Thaddeus with her heart or will the killer catch up with her first? It is immediately obvious from the start that this is a well researched and meticulously crafted story. The setting with its descriptions of house and home, businesses, and general life for the average citizen is well described and immerses the reader wholly into the story. Even the vocabulary is accurate and true to the time, so one doesn't get jarred out of the story by a modern term. Unlike most historical romance novels, the protagonists are not Lords and Ladies, but average people, eking out their existence in any way possible. Thaddeus, born into a middle class family, disappoints them with his pursuit of a policeman's career. His character was wonderful as an upright, determined young man (age 24 though his deportment would indicate someone of more mature years) dogged in his fact finding and smitten with the lovely but mysterious Poppy. He know he is ill regarded in the rookeries but doesn't hesitate to do what he can to solve the young teen's murder. One can't help but like him, with his shy smiles, his desire to do what's right, his single mindedness and his care and treatment of Poppy and her child. Poppy too is an engaging character, full of shame over secrets in her past but learning to stand up for herself and fiercely protective of her child. She knows injustice and suspects the murder of her friend could happen to another girl she works with. The opportunity to help Thaddeus is too much for her to resist - on the one hand to help with the case, but on the other to find an excuse to spend time with him, feeling that her attraction to him, though mutual is a fantasy that won't be fulfilled. With a slow simmer, the attraction between them heats up until neither can resist and the resulting love scenes are steamy and seductive. Completing the world of the rookeries are glimpses into other character's lives - that of Daniel and Kate (hero and heroine of the first book in the series A Dangerous Invitation), Atlas the gentleman thief, Abigail a co-worker of Poppy's from the factory and assorted villains and friends who make the story flow and add intrigue, humour, tension and action to the plot. Overall I found this story to be a fascinating view into a slice of time gone now but not forgotten, with an intriguing and suspenseful plot, engaging characters, and a sweet romance between two people who deserve a happy ever after. 5 fabulous stars!
GabriellePortier More than 1 year ago
This was a charming and intriguing story with lovable characters. Far outside the regency romance mold, this book was not just about the clues to the mystery, but also to the relationship between unlikely allies in crime-solving. I just love Erica Monroe's work, because it always leaves me with the sense that something larger than an HEA is in play.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
What a splendid book! Erica Monroe is a star! Fantastic story, wonderful characters, fabulous love story, magnificently written! It’s perfect!  It took me forever to finish SECRETS IN SCARLET because I kept re-reading sentences, paragraphs, pages simply because it’s so well-written! Outstanding! No self-respecting historical romance reader should do without this book! Fantastic!  I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for making this magnificent book available to me. 
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
This is a first time to read a book of Erica's. This is the second in a series but works as a stand alone too. This is a romance but set in a serious atmosphere. Thaddeus is a very straight Sgt. in the local police. He hates lies and anyone not following every rule. Poppy was forced to leave home when her town sent her away for having been taken advantage of by a toff from the area. She tries hard to do well for her and her child, Moira. There are not a lot of spoilers. You know where the story is going but not how it gets there so much. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes history. This is on the edge of change in the 1830's. Please read this book.. I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A few “typo distractions” but an okay read. The main characters were atypical, so the story was predictable. At best, a 3 star rating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful love story of hope in the middle of despair.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is intriguing., interesting, romantic, thrilling, and a page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and well edited. I really enjoyed this historical romance set in the 1800s. Lots of interesting detail.