The Last Serenade


"If one enjoys a great mystery with a touch of romance, there are few better than this! ...[H]ighly likeable characters." --InD'Tale magazine, 4 1/2 stars

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When Sybil takes the stage again, mur­der plays the lead­ing role.

In Sep­tem­ber 1873, actress and medi­um Sybil Ingram is look­ing for­ward to her new life as the wife of dash­ing vio­lin­ist Rod­er­ick Brooke. But their plans for mar­riage are inter­rupt­ed when Julia de Lion­court, Roderick’s for­mer lover, implores him to come to Paris to res­cue her from a black­mail­er.

When they arrive, the bewitch­ing beau­ty pro­pos­es a dar­ing plan: Sybil will mas­quer­ade as Julia onstage in a new melo­dra­ma while Julia recov­ers the let­ters from the home of her black­mail­er, Dan­ton Fournier. Know­ing that Rod­er­ick still feels remorse for killing Julia’s hus­band in a duel, Sybil agrees to the plan for his sake—even though it’s all too clear that the schem­ing Julia wants Rod­er­ick back in her bed.

Cat­a­stro­phe strikes on the night of Sybil’s per­for­mance when Fournier’s body is dis­cov­ered stabbed through the heart. Sud­den­ly Sybil needs an ali­bi. But even if she is cleared of the mur­der, she must find a way to free Rod­er­ick from sus­pi­cion as well—and deter­mine whether Julia knows more about Fournier’s death than she is admit­ting. Can Sybil’s abil­i­ties as a spir­it medi­um help her dis­cov­er the truth before the real killer stops her?

A deli­cious blend of super­nat­ur­al mys­tery, goth­ic romance, and roman­tic com­e­dy, the Sybil Ingram Vic­to­ri­an mys­ter­ies are 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.


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