Nocturne for a Widow

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As featured in the USA Today “Happily Ever After” blog!

“[DeWees brings] delicious humor to the forefront, creating characters and a plot that balance classic Gothic suspense and lighthearted humor so deftly that she nearly creates an entirely new genre — the cozy Gothic romance.” — Sweet Rocket

“The sexual tension between Sybil and Roderick is absolutely delicious and keeps building to a crescendo at the end. … Nocturne for a Widow is a delightful tale that anyone with a sense of humor will enjoy.” — InD’Tale magazine, crowned heart review

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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 to marry a wealthy American. But when he dies on their wedding night, she finds herself a penniless widow. Her only legacy is Brooke House, a Gothic revival manor in the wilds of the Hudson River Valley. However, the eerie mansion comes with two tenants. One is a hostile ghost. The second, and far worse, is former 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 finds herself increasingly drawn to him despite her growing suspicion that there is a connection between him and the spirit that haunts Brooke House. But soon an even greater threat arises: the mysterious 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… if necessary, by deadly means.

Readers who enjoyed meeting Sybil in With This Curse will love this opportunity to spend more time with this spirited, confident actress as she leaves the theater behind for an exciting and dangerous new life in America. In Nocturne for a Widow you’ll learn the real reason she cast aside her life as a stage goddess and left behind everything she knew… and of the wildly unexpected turns her life took after that momentous decision.

Nocturne for a Widow is a brilliant fusion of gothic romance, mystery, and romantic comedy, perfect for readers who love Victorian women sleuths like Anna Lee Huber’s Lady Darby, Penny Richards’s Lilly Long, Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia Grey, and Elizabeth Peters’s Amelia Peabody. And be sure to explore Sybil’s continuing adventures in The Last Serenade, book 2 in the Sybil Ingram Victorian Mysteries series, now available.

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About 110,000 words

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