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Subject: Night in Eden / Candace Proctor
Date Posted: 7/6/2009 1:48 PM ET
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This is my first book by this author.  I'm not even quite done yet and I'm already blown away!  What a powerful book.  I didn't realize how tired I was of the same old historicals set in same old England until I read this tour de force set in the new south wales penal colony.  Involves a convicted murderess who is "transported" to new south wales (Australia) and assigned to work as a wet nurse on a rural plantation in the colony for a man whose wife died and left an infant son.  Doesn't sound appealing, but it is.

My question is this--are her other books as good?  If so, I've been missing out!

Date Posted: 7/6/2009 2:46 PM ET
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That's the only one of hers I've read and it was awesome! I tried another--a New Orleans mystery, Midnight Confessions?-- but couldn't get into it.

Date Posted: 7/6/2009 5:18 PM ET
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Candace Proctor also writes historical mysteries under the name C.S. Harris.  They are very good and have some romance thrown in as well.  I am in love with her hero Sebastian St. Cyr the reluctant heir to an Earldom.  He's the youngest son but through 2 seperate tragedies he ends up the only living son and an Earldom he doesn't want.  He'd rather marry his actress/former prostitute mistress and solve crimes.

Date Posted: 7/6/2009 5:43 PM ET
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Bequest is another of her books that is really good.

Date Posted: 7/6/2009 8:48 PM ET
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Great, now I have to go order it.  *sigh*  My TBR mt never seems to get smaller.....

Date Posted: 7/7/2009 5:06 PM ET
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"Involves a convicted murderess who is "transported" to new south wales (Australia) and assigned to work as a wet nurse on a rural plantation in the colony for a man whose wife died and left an infant son." Okay, so how does this work without another kid involved somewhere? Does the kid die or go along for the ride or what?
Date Posted: 7/7/2009 6:10 PM ET
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IIRC, she was pregnant when she was transported and the baby died.

Date Posted: 7/7/2009 6:11 PM ET
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I've been hearing a lot of the St. Cyr books - would like to try them when I feel like I have the energy to take on a series.

Date Posted: 7/7/2009 8:06 PM ET
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Night in Eden is one of her best.  I think a lot of people picked it up on my reco.  Whispers of Heaven, Bequest, and September Moon are also great books.  I liked Beyond Sunrise, but have to admit the heroine is a massive pill:P  The Last Knight is decent, but not her best stuff, and Midnight Confessions is kinda blah.  Like Willa said.  I didn't really enjoy it much either.  The mystery is a little on the silly side if you ask me.  The C.S. Harris stuff, I have no idea about.  Mary has read them & likes them though, and I trust her judgement.

Date Posted: 7/7/2009 8:36 PM ET
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They are very good.  I recently read the 3rd one and there was a big plot twist cliff hanger. 

The romance in it is kind of a continuing story.  He is hopelessly in love with his mistress. He doesn't want to be the heir.  But she won't marry him because she think it will ruin his life-an Earl marrying a prostitute.  He was happier being the ignored 3rd son.  He sort of stumbles into mystery solving.

These are not cozy mysteries I should warn you. 

Date Posted: 7/10/2009 2:48 PM ET
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Thanks for the recommendations ladies!

Date Posted: 7/24/2009 3:56 PM ET
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Just finished Beyond Sunrise and Whispers in Heaven.  I'm impressed with those too. 

Date Posted: 7/25/2009 5:00 PM ET
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I really wish she had written more historicals.  She had moved on to mysteries before I even discovered her.