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Deadly Affairs [Mass Market Paperback]

Brenda Joyce
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April 15 2002 Francesca Cahill Romance Novels (Book 3)
As the heiress to a vast fortune amassed by her millionaire father, Francesca Cahill's life should be mapped out for her: find an eligible suitor, marry, and have children. But Francesca is an unconventional young lady who is not about to give up her knack for sleuthing--even though she was almost killed in her last outing...

Murder strikes once again in the seamy underbelly of New York's high society, exposing scandalous secrets and unleashing an intense investigation into one of the most brutal crimes the city has ever known. Francesca must join forces with Rick Bragg, New York City's Police commissioner and the mans he cannot resist loving, as their search takes them through a twisted labyrinth of menacing lies, corruption, and a passion that refused to be denied...

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"Joyce excels to creating twists and turns in her character's personal lives."--Publishers Weekly

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Brenda Joyce is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen novels. She lives in southern Arizona with her significant other, her son, and her dogs, Arabian horses, and cat.

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4.0 out of 5 stars DEADLY AFFAIRS is Joyce's beautiful coup de grace April 25 2002
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Writers take several experiments to get it right - and Joyce in her third installment of the Deadly series, Deadly Affairs, triumphs gracefully as she juggles a sleuthing mystery and stunning revelations on passion and family ties beautifully. Her protagonist, social reformer Francesca Cahill renders her sleuthing services this time to Lydia Stuart, checking on her husband who she suspects he is having an affair. Her outing gets haywired when she discovers a female corpse branded with a cross. A serial killer is on the loose - and Fran must team up with Bragg to find out the connection before a third woman is victimized.
Blending a more credible and intricate mystery this time, Brenda Joyce provides delicious twists and complexity within the plethora of characters. Every page in the book holds surprises and is emotionally-gripping with family melodramas, feuds between brothers (Bragg and Hart), blossoming passion between Evan and Maggie (gasp!) and the struggle in Fran's and her sister's love-life. The story moves dramatically fast and is woven tightly through Joyce's atmospheric prose. This book is summarily, Joyce's most adroit coup de grace yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps On Getting Better... April 17 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well, yesterday I managed to get DA. I was so excited, Anyways, I just finished it a few minutes ago, and I loved this newest edition. I mean the characters are just so lively and real to me, and I love them so much.
I especially like how the characters have developed thus far. They have truly evolved from DL. Not to say that I didn't love them in DL, but I love them even more now after DA. Especially Francesca. I must say I adore her character. She's come a long way from DL, where I thought she was a shy-ish now where she can take control and make the first move.
I know that there was no especially steamy scene in DA, but for me atleast, all the sexual tension, passionate kisses, and wonderful dialogue made up for that, and I just can't wait till Deadly Desire.
DL got me hooked on BJ's novels, and i'm just obsessed with this series. I know that each Deadly book gets better than the last and I hope this series will continue to be a long and successful one, I just don't know if I can wait that long to find what happens with all the characters!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Deadly Pleasures April 9 2002
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Well well, this book turns out to be much better than Deadly Pleasure, the 2nd book to this 4-book series. As usual, there's lots of sleuthing around, and lots of tug of war between Francesca and Bragg. And we see the same people being developed here.
In the romance aspects, much more is formed in this book as compared to Deadly Pleasure, as readers can expect actual development and more understanding of the relationship between the hero and heroine of the book.
The mystery aspect is also more thrilling as compared to Deadly Pleasures because you really don't know what to expect. However, the weakness in this mystery is it concentrated a lot on two other suspects, Carter and O'Donnell, in the beginning but later in the novel, the two are almost completely dropped off the face of this earth that attention is no longer on them, which I thought wasn't good as this diverted the reader's attention to the real suspect.
For characters, although Connie and Neil were not very much mentioned, those sections that do tell a lot more about their relationship, how they feel, and where they are heading towards. We also see some interesting development in Hart that was quite a twist, I thought.
Overall, I think this book is a good read, but of course, Deadly Pleasures would have to be endured to fully understand and appreciate Deadly Affairs. The characters and story plot are much better revealed, as it better be since it's 3/4 to the end.
I look forward to reading the last book, Deadly Desire, to see what happens between Francesca, Bragg, Evan, Sarah, Connie, Neil and of course, Hart.
P/S btw, on page 234, the one that wanted to go skiing should be Francesca, not Sarah.
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By tregatt
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The events that are chronicled in "Deadly Affairs" takes place a couple of days after "Deadly Pleasure," and that is a shame -- that Brenda Joyce structured the novels in such a way so that the mysteries occur one on the heels of the other, because this does not allow for the Francesca Cahill's character (the heroine of this series) to mature or grow. Indeed, Miss Cahill remains the same clueless and impulsive young woman that we have all become quite familiar with ("Deadly Pleasure" & "Deadly Love"). This time however, the mystery in "Deadly Affairs" is more interesting; unfortunately however, Ms Joyce does not go very much into the 'whodunit' aspect of the novel. Instead, we're again treated to Francesca's obsession (there is no other word for it) for Rick Bragg (the new Police Commissioner of New York City), and her elder sister's (Lady Connie Montrose) decision to make her husband suffer for having had an affair.
Francesca's career as a detective is finally taking off -- she has been hired by Mrs. Lincoln Stuart to confirm her fears that he is having an affair. And in spite of the fact that Francesca has promised her parents (and Bragg) to give up investigating, Francesca takes on this case, believing that there can be little danger in so mundane a case. Unfortunately, she stumbles over the dead body of a young woman who has been brutally and ritualistically murdered. The murdered woman turns out to be friend of a seamstress she has dealings with, Maggie Kennedy, who begs Francesca to investigate her friend's death. Of course Francesca cannot deny Maggie. And soon, Francesca with an unwilling Bragg in tow, discovers that this current murder has an echo in a murder that took place months ago. Coincidence, or could it be that there is a serial killer on the loose?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting book
Even though this is the third book in the series, it was the first one that I read. I thought it was wonderful and addictive and as a result I have purchased every book in the... Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by BrwnEyedNurs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery/romance series, gets better from book to book!
I really love the "Deadly" series, and I just finished this one. I can`t wait to read "Deadly Desire" to see how the love story continues! Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2003 by Book Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best so far....
Joyce has found her footing and the series has really taken off. Excellent read!
Published on June 16 2002 by KB
5.0 out of 5 stars Brenda Joyce has done it again!!!
Brenda Joyce new Deadly serious is awsome. Its filled with Romance, Adventure, excitment. Keeps you on the edge of seat. Read more
Published on May 10 2002 by "ariyel"
4.0 out of 5 stars The far!
I really enjoyed this book the best.... so far. I think it's because we are learning more about the characters. Read more
Published on April 29 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars If you liked Nancy Drew....
If you couldn't wait to get your hands on the next Nancy Drew you will LOVE these books. Its like Nancy grew up! Read more
Published on April 19 2002 by Kelly Ann Norton
I stumbled across a Brenda Joyce book by accident in the hospital I work in. Ever since reading Fires of Paradise, I was hooked. Read more
Published on April 19 2002 by Victoria Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Brenda's # 1
The Deadly series is suspenseful, captivating and it has me biting my nails! Francesca with sexy police commissioner Rick Bragg on one hand and Calder Hart (sigh) his hot looking... Read more
Published on April 9 2002 by SelenaQ13
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Page Turner
I have read all three of the Cahill mystery books and can't wait
for the 4th in May. This one was the best so far. The characters are just wonderful and so fully developed. Read more
Published on April 8 2002
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