The Queen and the Knave

Shadow Mountain. (The Dread Penny Society, Bk. 5). Sept. 2023. 368p. ISBN 9781639931521. pap. $16.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
The Dread Penny Society’s members are disappearing thanks to the crime boss known as the Tempest. Móirín Donnelly, secret leader of the Society, must outwit the Tempest before her friends and family wind up dead, so she recruits Fitzgerald Parkington, the newest detective at Scotland Yard. Fitz’s promotion is due in part to bringing in criminals who work for the Tempest, so he’s happy to team up with Móirín. Working together, their mutual admiration grows, complicated by the fact that Fitz is tasked with finding an Irish fugitive wanted for murder, who happens to be Móirín. Meanwhile, the Tempest stays one step ahead, kidnapping more Dread Penny members and Móirín’s family and friends, until Móirín allows herself to be bait.
VERDICT Eden’s final Dread Penny Society novel (following The Bachelor and the Bride) thrills with Fitz and Móirín racing to solve the Tempest’s deadly hide-and-seek games, while their witty and playful banter keeps their love story as spirited as the characters themselves. Highly recommended, but read the series in order.
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