A Bride by Moonlight
In 1847, the elegant Lisette Colburne, recently returned from America, seeks to make a deal with Royden Napier of London’s Scotland Yard. She dumps twenty thousand pounds in American dollars on his desk with the demand that he stop the prison release of Rance Welham, better known as Lord Lazonby, a notorious gambler arrested for murder. She accuses Lazonby of leading her sister’s fiancé to commit suicide, leaving her sister to die a penniless orphan. In a twist of fate, she agrees to play the role of Napier’s fiancée so he can keep an eye on her rather than turn her in to the police. They then work together to solve his most challenging case.
Although the novel features a cast of twenty characters, the author provides a cast list at the beginning which helps a great deal as we follow this complex plotline. Royden and Lisette engage in sizzling encounters with each other through various episodes in which they appear to be enemies, then lovers. Liz Carlyle keeps the reader guessing, and the ending is most amusing.