Where the Heart Leads (Barnaby Adair, Bk 1)
Where the Heart Leads - Barnaby Adair, Bk 1 Author:Stephanie Laurens Penelope Ashford, Portia Cynster's younger sister, has grown up with every advantage -- wealth, position, and beauty. Yet Penelope is anything but a pretty face in a satin gown -- forceful, willful, and blunt to a fault, she has for years devoted her considerable energy and intelligence to caring for the forgotten orphans of London's soo... more »ty and seamier streets.
But now her charges are mysteriously disappearing. Desperate, Penelope turns to the one man she knows who might help her -- Barnaby Adair.
Handsome scion of a noble house, Adair has made a name for himself in certain circles where his powers of observation and deduction have seen him solve several serious and unsavory crimes within the ton. His pedigree, relentless intelligence, and discretion make him a deadly avenger in an elegant guise. Despite his skills -- or perhaps because of them -- he makes Penelope distinctly uncomfortable, but the stakes are too grave. Throwing caution to the wind, defying every rule for unmarried ladies, she appears on his doorstep late one night determined to recruit his talents.
Barnaby is intrigued -- both by her problem and her. Her bold beauty and undeniable brains make a striking contrast to the usual insipid ton misses. And as he's in dire need of an excuse to avoid said insipid misses, he accepts her challenge, never dreaming she and it will consume his every waking hour.
Enlisting the aid of Inspector Basil Stokes of the fledgling Scotland Yard, they infiltrate the streets of London's notorious East End. But as they unravel the mystery of the missing orphans, they uncover a trail leading to the upper echelons of society and a ruthless and clever criminal adept at pulling strings who, becoming aware of them and their efforts, is only too ready to destroy all they hold dear, including their newfound understanding of the intrigues of the human heart.
The Casebook of Barnaby Adair has grown out of the Cynster novels. Subsequent Casebook novels will contain the investigations that follow after Barnaby, Penelope, Stokes and Griselda come together to solve the mystery in WHERE THE HEART LEADS. But of course, both Stokes and Barnaby, as well as Penelope, have been introduced to you before.« less
This story at least had a reasonable villian and expectation of danger. She did give away the identity of her victim a trifle too soon, but the sex was hot and reasonably graphic, even if the circumstances were somewhat less than believable. I enjoyed the novel and will read others by this author.