First thoughts: This was a difficult one for me to rate because parts were really good but some of it was just mediocre. The mystery was interesting, but the romance fell a little short to me. I didn’t feel like there was really a reason for the main characters to be falling in love. The historical look into the theater world and the trial were interesting enough to make up for any other shortcomings. The story had enough twists to keep me wondering.
Plot: Actress India Hartley’s co-star is stealing the limelight and making enemies. When he’s shot in the middle of the play and it appears India is the culprit, it’s up to lawyer Philip Sinclair to keep her from going to prison. Philip needs time to prepare a defense, so he takes India to his plantation on Saint Simon’s Island. While there, India realizes that Philip and his servants all have secrets. As everything comes together, India’s life becomes endangered as clearly the real murderer doesn’t want to be found.
Recommendation: I’d recommend this story to those who enjoy historical and mystery. This was the first I’ve read from Dorothy Love and I’ll be looking for more of her books.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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