Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark
When Lady Anne Addison receives a distressing letter from Lady Lydia Bestwick, she rushes to her close friend’s side—and is dismayed to find that Lydia is unaware of any letter. What Anne does find is a strange mystery plaguing her friend’s estate. Young women have been found murdered by what seems to be a werewolf, and Anne is determined to get to the bottom of the situation. Unfortunately, the handsome and obstinate Marquess of Darkefell is standing in her way. Does Darkefell have something to hide, or is he looking for the culprit as well?
Lady Anne is a typically modern Regency heroine—a bit too intelligent and curious for the tastes of the men who surround her. Darkefell is aptly named, since he’s dark, brooding, and difficult, yet handsome and sensual. Simpson includes an African character, Osei Boatin, who escaped from a slave ship, and addresses the morality of the slave trade, but she does so without being preachy or heavy-handed, choosing instead to let Boatin’s actions speak for themselves. Deftly plotted and abundantly witty, Lady Anne combines mystery, romance, and a touch of the supernatural into one entertaining package. Highly recommended.