A MADAM OF ESPIONAGE MYSTERY
In Londons red light district, India Black is in the business of selling passion. But when it comes to selling secrets, India s price cannot be paid by any man…
In the winter of 1876, the beautiful young madam India Black is busy as usual: keeping her tarts in line and avoiding the police. But when Sir Archibald Latham of the War Office dies of a heart attack while visiting her brothel, India is thrust into a deadly game between Russian and British agents who are seeking the military secrets Latham carried.
Blackmailed into recovering the missing documents by the British spy known as French, India finds herself dodging Russian agents, seducing spies and embarking on midnight sleigh rides, not to mention ignoring the attraction she starts to feel for her handsome and exasperating British co-conspirator.
India Black is a self proclaimed whore, who owns and runs ‘Lotus House’ on St Albans street. Following the death of one of her clients, India finds herself disposing of his body and being summoned to see the prime minister. As events take a turn for the worse, India finds herself fighting to save her business.
India, our main protagonist narrates the story and shares with us her dry humour and opinionated views on life.
Although a whore, India comes across as an educated madam and appears very calm, taking tough situations in her stride.
She is a resourceful woman and this is shown on many occasions.
The story also introduces us to French a gentleman of the government, who comes across as quite cold and aloof.
The duo embark on a journey of discovery. Carol K. Carr takes us on a fast paced journey in what is an immensely enjoyable read that will have you laughing at points and cringing at others.
A book that’s left me eager for the rest of the series.