Though This Be Madness
by Penny Richards
Pub Date 25 Apr 2017
1881, Chicago. Assigned to her second case as a Pinkerton, Lilly still needs to prove herself—both as a novice detective and as a woman in a man's world. Ordered to once again work with Lilly, Cade needs to redeem himself for conduct unbecoming to a Pinkerton—a grief-driven drunken brawl. As if their forced partnership wasn't bad enough, the agents must pose as husband and wife servants in the troubled household of a wealthy New Orleans family. An acting challenge if ever there was one…
The elderly matriarch of the Fortenot family is convinced her grandson's former widow has been unjustly committed to an insane asylum by her second husband. She believes the man is attempting to wrest the family fortune away from his new wife. Soon, behind the beautiful façade of the Fortenot mansion, the detectives uncover secrets, betrayal, voodoo curses—and murder. Even as Lilly and Cade chafe against their roles, they must work together to expose the true villain of this tragedy before the hapless widow faces her final curtain call.
“Lilly and Cade reluctantly ream up to go undercover as a married couple in New Orleans, two factors that heighten the romantic and suspenseful tensions in this second installment of Richard’s historical Pinkerton series. In addition, secondary characters prove just as intruding, many adding to the shocking twists and turns of the case. “Robbie”, however, steals nearly every scene he’s in with a healthy dose of humor and heart. It’s also a fascinating picture of class and race in the 1880’s South .”– RT Book Reviews, 4
Stars“Romantic tension pervades.” - Publishers Weekly