Deadly Vows by Brenda Joyce

By Brenda Joyce

On the morning of her marriage ceremony to Calder Hart, novice sleuth Francesca Cahill is lured away to a personal viewing of a portrait which may spoil her whole kinfolk: the nude Hart commissioned of her. Her determined quest to get well the scandalous portrait leads her right into a risky seize without method to escape—until it really is too overdue. And whilst Francesca ultimately arrives on the church, it is vacant. She has by accident jilted Hart on the altar.

When Hart tells her their estrangement is for the simplest, Francesca is devastated. With a blackmailer reason on destroying her popularity, Francesca turns to Rick Bragg, the city's robust police commissioner. jointly they scour the sordid streets of decrease big apple, following a intentionally laid path of clues in a race opposed to the clock. And as soon as it turns into transparent that Bragg's marriage is failing, Francesca needs to struggle together with her emotions for him, conflict Hart's jealousy and get away a killer—all as she fights to win Hart again. yet occasionally, ardour simply can't be denied….

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She had simply agreed to whatever her mother and sister thought best. There had been a whirlwind of evening engagements, too, which she had reluctantly attended. Hart had gone to Chicago to take care of as many of his affairs as possible, as he had no wish to attend to business while they were on their honeymoon in Paris, and had only returned a few days ago. Francesca was pinning up her hair when a knock sounded on her door. She was expecting her sister, who intended to spend the day with her and later help her dress, but it was one of the housemaids.

Consequently, he’d made far more enemies than friends in a very short time. She doubted there was a man alive whom she admired and respected more. Except, of course, for her fiancé. Bragg turned and smiled, coming forward with long strides to greet her. ” He kissed her cheek as she took his hand. ” Releasing his hand, she smiled into his eyes. He hadn’t forgotten. “I hope so, as you are on the guest list. ” He studied her, his smile fading. She realized he looked very tired. “You could never intrude.

His heart lurched with dismay. He knelt. ” “Mrs. Bragg hurts so much,” she cried, looking at him as if he might be able to somehow save the day. She was dark haired and seven years old. Katie was always anxious. When she came to them after her mother’s murder, she had refused to speak or eat. Now she spoke, although not frequently, and ate like a little horse. She even smiled from time to time, especially when Leigh Anne was at her best and mothering her. But she worried about her foster mother all the time and he knew it was not healthy for her.

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