The Inkeeper’s Daughter The Gentleman Spy Mysteries Book 1 – Bianca M. Schwarz

Published by: Central Avenue Publishing
Pages: 416
Date published: 12/01/2021
Date read: 27/06/2021

In the twilight of a November evening, Sir Henry March, a man of wealth and charm — and a secret agent for the Crown — comes across a badly beaten Eliza Broad, desperate to escape her cruel stepfather. Knowing she has nowhere to go, Sir Henry takes her to his home to recover, and introduces her to a world of culture, art, and literature she never knew existed. But Eliza’s brutal world follows her to London, where elite aristocratic salons coexist with the back alleys of the criminal underworld.

As romance blossoms between them, Eliza unearths an old secret that leads them into the dark, sadistic world of sex trafficking, and allows Henry to finally identify a traitor responsible for selling military secrets and causing the death of thousands.

A natural at the spy game, Eliza proves herself a worthy partner in the fight for truth and justice. But with time running out, and the fate of one girl hanging in the balance, Henry and Eliza must find a way to outwit a nasty pimp and eliminate a dangerous enemy agent.

I was provided with an advanced copy of Bianca’s book “The Gentleman’s Daughter” but I didn’t know it was #2 in a series, so I decided to buy the first one. This was a risk as I had no prior knowledge of the author’s work.

But I’m so glad I did.

There’s no beating around the bush here, this is explicit and harsh and crude and hard to read. But it’s also funny and thrilling and exhilarating and warming.

It is such an unexpected detective story but so believable and exciting it could put more modern-set novels and more well known authors to shame any day.

Bianca has added the correct amount of description and filler to give the reader enough to hold on to, but not too much as to bore the reader.

Each character is so well rounded that you instantly know if you’re to feel love or disgust for them. They may be fictional characters from the 19th Century, but they seem so modern and real and human.

I can’t wait to get stuck into the sequel.

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