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The Deadly Hours

An anthology with Susanna Kearsley, C.S. Harris, and Anna Lee Huber


From 1733 Italy to Edinburgh in 1831 to a series of chilling murders in 1870 London, and a lethal game of revenge decades later, the watch touches lives with misfortune, until it comes into the reach of one young woman who might be able to stop it for good.

A gold watch rumored to be cursed links the plots of the four novellas in this superior anthology. Kearsley starts things off with “Weapon of Choice,” set in 1733 Italy, where Scots travelers Hugh and Mary McPherson get drawn into an effort to foil the assassination of the Duke of Ormonde, who’s been targeted by a loyalist working “for the English Crown.” Meanwhile, the two meet a pirate who possesses a timepiece, La Sirene, made from gold said to have been cursed after it was plundered from a cathedral. A surprising death follows. The watch reappears in 1831 Edinburgh, where Huber’s series sleuth, Lady Darby, is consulted by the head of the city’s largest criminal gang, who believes that it was responsible for a fatal illness that decimated his family. Trent’s entry, “A Pocketful of Death,” set in Edinburgh four decades later, is the standout, as La Sirene stopped working just before three deaths, an impossibility that proves to have a logical explanation. Harris’s contribution, “Siren’s Call,” set in 1944–1945 England, adds the least to the saga. This is a solid introduction to authors who deserve a wider readership.   Publishers Weekly  (reviewed on 7/20/2020)

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Praise for The Deadly Hours

Charming… Four interconnected visits to a world of danger, wit, beauty and genuine romance. Treat yourself!” ―ANNE PERRY, internationally bestselling author

“A fantastic read.” ―Tasha Alexander, New York Times bestselling author

“What a treat!” ―Victoria Thompson, USA Today bestselling author

“A gold watch rumored to be cursed links the plots of the four novellas in this superior anthology.” ―Publishers Weekly


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