I wouldn’t say that I’m indecisive exactly, it’sjust that I’ve got a lot of things to say about a lot of different subjects so can’t seem to confine myself to just one genre. That’s why my name can be found on the covers of marine crime mysteries, romantic suspense and, my first love, historical romance. One thing all of my books do have in common is a strong ‘who-dun-it’ element, albeit murder, fraud, thieving or just general skulduggery.
Take The Perfect Impostor for instance, my third Regency romance with Carina Press which will be released on April 2nd. Carina artists do awesome work on their covers, don’t you think, and I haven’t had one yet that doesn’t beautifully encapsulate the mood of the entire book. If readers do actually judge a book by its cover then I have high hopes for my impostor.
However, I digress. In regency times there wasn’t a red-hot squad of detectives standing by to keep the populace in order, so when valuable jewels start to go missing from society house parties and finish up funding Napoleon’s cause, the powers that be cry foul and despatch Lord Leo Kincade to the latest party to sort out the mess.
Three ladies are suspected of being involved in the scam, one of whom is Julia Dupont, now a marchioness, formerly engaged to Leo. Bit awkward that!
Katrina Sinclair, recently widowed, is struggling to make a name for herself as a modiste. Her childhood friend Julia Dupont could make that happen when she asks Katrina to design her wardrobe for an upcoming society house party. One small snag, though, Julia wants Katrina to swap places with her for the duration of that party. They did it often enough as children. No one could tell them apart then and can’t now.
Against her better judgement, Katrina agrees. What harm can come of it? Only problem is, Julia’s husband, equerry to the prince regent, puts in a surprise appearance, expecting to spend the night with his wife. Katrina will do much to protect Julia, but sleeping with her husband is several steps above and beyond the call of friendship. How will she get out of that one?
Leo knows almost at once that the woman he meets at Lady Marshall’s isn’t Julia Dupont. But who is she? Why is she pretending to be Julia and why is he drawn to her in a way that he never was to Julia? More to the point, what does she have to do with the thefts?
It doesn’t look too good for Katrina!
The Perfect Impostor by Wendy Soliman available from Carina Press and all good ebook stores from April 2nd 2012.