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Deadly Promise [Mass Market Paperback]

Brenda Joyce
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Nov. 17 2003 Francesca Cahill Romance Novels (Book 6)
It is March of 1902, and Francesca Cahill-Fifth Avenue heiress, undaunted political activist and intrepid amateur sleuth-has just learned of a grave new danger haunting the streets of New York. A beautiful teenage girl named Emily O'Hare is missing and Francesca fears that the girl has been abducted. Only one person can help her learn the child's fate-but Police Commissioner Rick Bragg may not want to get involved because Francesca has just stunned Rick by accepting a proposal of marriage...from none other than his own rival.

Francesca still questions her decision to marry the powerful and notorious Calder Hart. But Rick Bragg is wed to another...and his dazzling wife has just returned after four years abroad to reclaim their marriage. Francesca remains torn between the two very different men-but she desperately tries to set aside the affairs of her heart when she discovers that Emily isn't the first girl to vanish in recent weeks. And when Francesca discovers a trail of deception and lies, when someone very close to her investigation is murdered, Francesca realizes that the evil force behind the girls' abductions may try to find a way to silence her too-if she dares to uncover the truth...

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Unconventional, reform-minded heiress Francesca Cahill has earned a reputation as an effective amateur sleuth, primarily through her work with New York City police commissioner Rick Bragg. Asked to look into the disappearance of young Emily O'Hare, Francesca discovers that Emily is not the only pretty girl who has gone missing in the last year. Unfortunately, Francesca's partnership with Rick has now become complicated since not only has Rick's former wife returned to him, but Francesca has recently received an offer of marriage from Calder Hart, Rick's wealthy half-brother and longtime rival. While trying to unsnarl her tangled romantic interests, Francesca finds she must rely on both Rick and Calder if she is to have any chance at finding the abducted girls. The sixth in a series picks up Francesca's story after the unexpected proposal she received in Deadly Love (2001), and Joyce expertly manipulates Francesca's deeply conflicted feelings for two very different men into an elegant blend of mystery and romance simmering with sexual tension. John Charles
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"Marvelous." -Romantic Times

"[A] fabulous ensemble of characters...for the reader who likes historicals, mysteries, and a dash of sensuality and romance thrown in...this is definitely the book for you." -The Best Reviews

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FRANCESCA CAHILL MAY HAVE been born into society, in fact, she was an heiress of a very marriageable age, but recently she had become the city's most famous (and infamous) amateur sleuth. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars i like the book, but.... Dec 24 2003
By A Customer
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I LIKE THIS BOOK; WELL I LIKE ALL OF THE CAHILL SERIS, BUT I'M SO CONFUSED ON WHY R.BRAGG'S WIFE IS NOW THE VICTIM AND HART IS NOW THE HERO ''THE NEW LOVE'' OF FRANCESCA LIFE.... I JUST THOUGHT THAT THESE BOOKS WERE ABOUT THE LOVE AFFAIR BETWEEN RICK AND FRANCESCA... DON'T GET ME WRONG THESE BOOKS KEEP ME ON MY TOES, BUT I STILL WANT FRANCESCA AND RICK TO END UP TOGETHER I LIKE HART BUT I HOPE HE FINDS ANOTHER LOVE.... AND THE WIFE ALL OF SUDDEN COMES BACK, AND NOW THE WIFE WE FEEL SORRY FOR??? UM I DON'T CARE IF SHE WAS HEALING THE SICK IN EUROPE NOBODY IN THIER RIGHT MIND WOULD TAKE SOMEONE BACK AFTER THEY LEFT FOR FOUR YEARS AFTER THEY WERE NEWLY MARRIED ESPECIALY A HUSBAND AND, DON'T FORGET WHY SHE LEFT HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE,BECAUSE HE DID NOT BECOME A PARTNER AT A WELL KNOWN LAW FIRM.. IF SHE IS SOOO SWEET WHY THE BIG GAP WHY NOT HAVE HER GONE FOR A YEAR OR LESS,,,, THEN I COULD EXCEPT THAT RICK STILL HAD PASSION FOR HIS WIFE. IT'S JUST SEEMS SO BIZARRE.. HART IS HIS BROTHER HE DESERVES HIS OWN STORY AND WOMAN....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joyce delivers her promise on every count Nov. 17 2003
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The ensuing tussle between rival brothers Calder Hart and Rick Bragg for unconventional reformer and amateur sleuth Francesca Cahill yields a satisfying conclusion with Joyce's dramatic twists and turns. Deadly Promise, the sixth installment of Joyce's mystery romance caper continues to deliver on its textured and complex characterization. While New York City police commissioner Rick Bragg is hot on the pursuit for the mastermind behind a prositution ring with Francesca, he faces an internal struggle between the desires for his legitimate wife Leigh Anne and the deep betrayal he felt when she left him four years ago. An accident that leaves Leigh Anne's life hanging on a thread forces Bragg to re-examine his feelings for his wife.
Other characters also get an equally gratifying treatment from Joyce. Calder Hart reforms from a debauched rake to be an alpha-male who charms with wits and chivalry. Francesca matures in her handling of relationships as she distills love from friendship. Joyce's mystery plot devices may lack intricacy but they are effective in unraveling the characters and complimenting the romance. The romance, especially, is top-notch with chemistry and poignancy. Joyce delivers her promise to readers on every counts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars delightful romantic historical mystery Nov. 7 2003
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After saying yes to Calder Hart's proposal of marriage, wealth society heiress Francesca Cahill disappears. When she returns, she meets up with Calder at a society function where he announces their engagement. Also at the party is New York City Police Commissioner Rick Bragg, the man Francesca loves and her fiancé hates. Even though Rick is married to the beautiful Leigh Anna, he feels betrayed that Francesca is going to marry his detested half-brother.
The object of both their affections is more concerned with her new case than matters of the heart. A beautiful young girl has disappeared while walking from her home to the store and her parents are frantic with worry. As Francesca, with the help of Rick and Calder, investigates the child's disappearance, they discover that more young girls have gone missing and they fear a white slavery ring is operating in the area. Francesca is determined to find the children and discover who is behind their disappearances even if it means putting her own life in danger.
Francesca is not the typical society debutant in 1902 New York City as she is a strong-willed, feisty crusader who believes in the causes she fights for and is determined to be more then as ornament, hence her job as a sleuth. The Francesca Cahill novels are always brimming with passion and history. DEADLY PROMISE is a delightful romantic mystery that will have readers so enthralled they will want to finish this work in one sitting.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars what?????!!!! A book a year?! Nov. 4 2003
By A Customer
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i am still drunk! drunk over hart and francessa that is!
i thought deadly caress was superb, i was wrong.
i have been anticipating this book over quite some time and it proved to be a great hit!
i am really ecstactic that hart and fran shared the you-know-what moment although hart could not bring himself to do it.
their love making was just stunnig!
nevertheless, it is quite obvious that hart is falling HARD for francessa HEAD OVER heels.
i am frankly delighted that hart remained faithful to fran for the past one month.
i absolutely disliked leigh ann until now.
i really hope that she does not die (for bragg), yet another part of me is wishing her dead. Good ridance.
the sad part is that hart and fran would get married a year later!and do you know what that means?
that means they wont be making love! for the next few books!
the solving of crime of missing girls was a real kick yet a bit of a blur for me.
sigh.
i wonder when the next book is out?
this series is driving me krazy.
keep up the good work brenda!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This Deadly Oct. 29 2003
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Deadly Promise, set in 1902 New York City , is the 6th book in Brenda's Deadly Series. Francesca Cahill has returned to the city after taking a month vacation to think about her engagement to Calder Hart. Hart's brother, Police Commissioner Rick Bragg, is Francesca's other interest, but he is married, and his wife Leigh Anne has returned to their marriage, determined to make it work. On the night of her return to New York, Calder announces their engagement at a party. Also at the party, Francesca's aide Joel, has come to her for help in finding a missing girl from his neighborhood. So sets the stage for Francesca's latest mystery- who has been kidnapping young, beautiful, girls and why? As far as mysteries go, this is Francesca's best- she is determined to find these young girls and save them from a white slavery ring. Rick helps her as much as he can, but a tragedy strikes his family, and he must deal with the aftermath. Calder is the big surprise here- helping Fran with her sleuthing. But, then, we always knew Calder has a side to him that he doesn't show often- kind, generous, loyal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hot
I would like to start off by saying that the "Deadly" series is my favorite. Although I would recommend reading them in order (this is the 6th book). Read more
Published on June 6 2004 by BrwnEyedNurs
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best So Far
I have to say that this is by far the best book in the series to date. I was so captivated by the mixture of feelings and the endless need to solve the case and be professional... Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004 by "sistazdeedee"
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and engrossing read
I am hooked on the Cahill novels and wondered if Brenda Joyce could keep up the intensity with another book. She delivered, and I can't wait for the next one to come out!
Published on Jan. 8 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay, but it needs a better ending.
Please know that Brenda Joyce does not conclude the series with this book. She leaves you hanging on the edge of your seat. However, I cannot continue to read the series. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better...
This book was much better than the last two. I hope that Ms. Joyce will continue developing the characters since she is only writing on Deadly book a year.
Published on Dec 8 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS SERIES!!!
I LOVE LOVE this series of Francesca Cahill novels, but HATE HATE HATE the wait! I read them in 1 or 2 days at most, and then I starve, waiting for the next installment. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, but...
The story was very good. I love the characters. However, Ms. Joyce needs a better editor. While not as many errors in this book as the previous "Deadly... Read more
Published on Dec 1 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating
I wanted to scream in frustration. As the reader, I felt left out because I had not read the previous books. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be able to put this book down.
This 6th book is one of my favorites from the Deadly series. It continues on with Francesca's battle of emotions between the man she loves, the married police commissioner Rick... Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2003 by "houston_rd"
2.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Promise
I am a big Brenda Joyce fan, but, I cannot get into the Francisca Cahill character. She is just too wishy, washy and can't seem to make her mind up on who she wants to be with. Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2003 by Sheila C. Brewer
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