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Tony Hetheridge knows London. From the pinnacle of the Shard to the dome of the Old Bailey, where golden Lady Justice surveys the two-millennia-old metropolis with uncovered eyes, Tony’s seen everything the old city has to offer. Or so he thinks. While his former colleagues at New Scotland Yard handle murders, kidnappings, and jewel heists, Tony’s private investigation skills have been tested only in the world of lateral living. Inside these ultra-posh skyscraper flats, a square foot goes for £6000 and engaging a celebrated detective to find a lost lapdog is just another status symbol. But just before Tony abandons the gumshoe route, his chance encounter with a homeless man leads to a new case. One that reveals the secrets buried beneath modern London, including ancient artifacts and a fresh skeleton.
Kate Hetheridge knows her job. She fought her way up from the bottom, becoming a Detective Sergeant through excellence and hard work. When she joined the Yard’s “Toff Squad,” as Chief Inspector Vic Jackson’s unit is sometimes known, she vowed to never let rubbing elbows with aristocrats change her. Of course, that was before she married one, trading her humble south-of-the-river flat for Tony’s Mayfair townhouse and acquiring the title of Baroness along the way. Now with Lord Hetheridge making only occasional consulting appearances within the Yard, Assistant Commander Deaver wants a new liaison to the titled and entitled—Kate. Her ambition won’t allow her to refuse, even if this huge vertical leap makes her nostalgic for society’s ground floor.
The Scales Must Be Balanced
Paul Bhar knows his career is in the karzi. During his time at Scotland Yard he’s evolved from a “diversity recruit,” chosen to shake up the ranks of the “pale, male, and stale,” to a bona fide washout. His last solo assignment, convincing an elderly shut-in to give evidence against her criminal neighbor, devolved into a wild cat chase. Now that CS Jackson is running the show and Kate’s in line for a promotion, Paul’s tempted to pack it in. But then Sir Duncan Godington gets back into the game.
Three times, Sir Duncan has humiliated Paul. Three times, he’s harmed or threatened to harm someone close to Paul without suffering true repercussions. Now the millionaire environmentalist with the cold gaze and the killer smile has gone back to his roots: triple murder. This time Paul is determined to see Sir Duncan fall, even if he must destroy what remains of his career to do it.
Return to Emma Jameson’s suspenseful, witty, and romantic Lord & Lady Hetheridge Mystery Series with book #5, Blue Blooded.