Nocturne for a Widow (Sybil Ingram Victorian Mysteries, #1)
A spooky, sparkling mix of gothic suspense and romantic comedy from the author of the Daphne du Maurier Award-winning With This Curse!
Widowed on her wedding night!
Sybil Ingram is at a crossroads. Once she was the toast of the London stage, but now that she's 28 years old—very well, nearly 30—her draw isn't what it used to be, and her theater troupe is foundering. When her trusted mentor asks her to take the blame for his financial misdeeds, Sybil sees no choice but to retire from the life she loves and move to America to marry New York City hotel magnate Alcott Lammle. But her path to happiness is cut short when Lammle dies suddenly—and in financial ruin.
Widowed, penniless, and unable to return to England, the determined diva sets out to stake a claim on Brooke House, an eccentric neo-Gothic manor in the wilds of the Hudson River Valley. She soon finds, however, that a ghostly presence wants her gone. Even worse, her claim is challenged by the most insolent, temperamental, maddeningly gorgeous man she's ever met: Roderick Brooke, a former violin prodigy whose career ended in a dark scandal.
Soon it's a battle of wills as Sybil matches wits—and trades barbs—with Roderick, finding herself increasingly drawn to him despite her growing suspicion that there is a connection between him and the entity that haunts Brooke House. But an even greater threat arises in the form of the mysterious, powerful queen of local society, Mrs. Lavinia Dove. For reasons that Sybil can't imagine, Mrs. Dove is determined to oust Sybil from her sphere . . . and the lengths to which she will go are chilling indeed.
By turns mysterious and moving, sparkling and spooky, Nocturne for a Widow follows a spirited heroine through adventures in life, love, and death. From the colorful theatrical world of 19th-century London to the American wilderness, Sybil's travels will test her mettle—and her heart.
Length: 97,000 words
Sensuality level: mild/sweet
Categories: Victorian era, female sleuths, ghost story, gothic romance, romantic suspense, mystery, historical, romantic comedy