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Deadly Caress

Deadly Caress

A Francesca Cahill Novel

Francesca Cahill Romance Novels (Volume 5)

Brenda Joyce

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Brenda Joyce's New York Times best-selling novels have thrilled millions of readers. Now, in her latest Francesca Cahill novel, return to the lush mansions and teeming streets of New York City's Gilded Age, where intrigue and seduction lie on every corner...

The year is 1902. The place is New York City. A famous stage actress has been found strangled in an artist's studio, and the artist herself has vanished. Francesca Cahill, the city's most unconventional heiress and famous amateur sleuth, is once again on the case-for the murder victim is none other than her brother's mistress. And when the sole witness to the crime is also found strangled and only one clue is left behind-a silk stocking-it becomes evident that a madman is on the loose.

Now more than ever, Francesca is determined to find The City Strangler and bring him to justice. But the trail is a twisted one, and she'll need the help of handsome, dynamic Police Commissioner, Rick Bragg-even though she must attempt to end their star-crossed romantic liaison. But now, she also finds herself fending off the advances of his notorious rival, his powerful half-brother, Calder Hart. Ruthlessly pursued by Hart, hopelessly enamored with Bragg, Francesca races against the clock before The City Strangler strikes again, never realizing the consequences that will come when danger and desire become one...

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CHAPTER
ONE
NEW YORK CITY—TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1902—9:00 P.M.
FRANCESCA CAHILL PRIDED HERSELF on her common sense, her steady character, and her intellect. In fact, throughout the city she was considered a bluestocking and a reformer...

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“SCINTILLATING.” —Romantic Times on Deadly Affairs

“GREAT READING!” —Huntressreviews.com on FRANCESCA CAHILL NOVELS

“CAPTIVATING...DAZZLING.” —Writers Club Romance on Deadly Pleasure

“Joyce excels at creating twists and turns in her characters' personal lives.” —Publishers Weekly on FRANCESCA CAHILL NOVELS

“Fast-paced, sensual, and intriguing.” —Library Journal on Deadly Love

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