Deadly Promise Mass Market Paperback – Nov 17 2003
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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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"[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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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.
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.
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.
i wonder when the next book is out?
this series is driving me krazy.
keep up the good work brenda!
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on June 6 2004 by BrwnEyedNurs
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 morePublished on Feb. 16 2004
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
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 morePublished on Jan. 3 2004
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
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 morePublished on Dec 5 2003
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 morePublished on Dec 1 2003
I wanted to scream in frustration. As the reader, I felt left out because I had not read the previous books. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2003
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 morePublished on Nov. 25 2003