Book 1 in the Sybil Ingram Victorian mystery series. Ebook now FREE at all retailers!
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The ghost may be the least of her problems…
Vivacious actress Sybil Ingram looks forward to a life of security when she leaves the theater in 1873 to marry a wealthy American. But when he dies on their wedding night, she finds herself penniless. Her only legacy is Brooke House, a Gothic revival manor in the wilds of the Hudson River Valley. To her dismay, the eerie mansion comes with two tenants. One is a hostile ghost. The second, and far worse, is notorious violinist Roderick Brooke–the most insolent, dangerous, maddeningly gorgeous man she’s ever met.
As Sybil and Roderick engage in a battle of wills—and wits—she is increasingly drawn to him despite her growing suspicion that there is a connection between him and the spirit that haunts Brooke House. But soon a more ominous mystery arises: the enigmatic queen of local society, Mrs. Lavinia Dove. For reasons that Sybil can’t imagine, Mrs. Dove is determined to have Brooke House and Roderick for herself…even if she must use deadly means.
By turns mysterious and moving, sparkling and spooky, Nocturne for a Widow follows a spirited heroine from the colorful theatrical world of late Victorian London to the American wilderness.
Sensuality level: mild/sweet
Categories: Victorian era, women sleuths, ghost story, gothic romance, romantic suspense, mystery, cozy mystery, historical, romantic comedy, 19th century