Proper Scoundrels

Carina. Jan. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781335474049. pap. $8.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
In a spin-off of Therin’s “Magic in Manhattan” series, a pattern of magical murders brings together aristocratic British World War I veteran Lord Fine and Sebastian de Leon, the traumatized survivor of blood magic. The appearance of drained and withered bodies has drawn the attention of a paranormal community desperate to end the murders of the nonmagical and recover stolen magical artifacts. Sebastian’s unique magical abilities and Lord Fine’s societal connections and gruff nature combine into an unlikely partnership that could not only end the terrifying string of murders but could also help two wounded souls find healing and happiness together. The story swings from the back alleys of London to country estates in Yorkshire to the glittering Exhibition of Modern and Decorative Arts in Paris and provides an exciting backdrop to both the murder investigation and the growing relationship between two men whose vastly different personalities complement each other in a satisfying and emotional romance.
VERDICT Fans of the Jazz Age, magical murder mysteries, and emotional love stories will swoon for this stand-alone; readers may want to tackle the “Magic in Manhattan” series first for the full effect.
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