Lodging-house keeper Clem Talleyfer prefers a quiet life. He’s happy with his hobbies, his work—and especially with his lodger Rowley Green, who becomes a friend over their long fireside evenings together. If only neat, precise, irresistible Mr. Green were interested in more than friendship. . . .
Rowley just wants to be left alone—at least until he meets Clem, with his odd, charming ways and his glorious eyes. Two quiet men, lodging in the same house, coming to an understanding . . . it could be perfect. Then the brutally murdered corpse of another lodger is dumped on their doorstep and their peaceful life is shattered.
Now Clem and Rowley find themselves caught up in a mystery, threatened on all sides by violent men, with a deadly London fog closing in on them. If they’re to see their way through, the pair must learn to share their secrets—and their hearts.
This is my first K.J. Charles book and I’m kicking myself for waiting this long to read this author’s work!
The story held my interest from the beginning. I loved how the relationship between Clem and Rowley (love his name) blossomed – slow, a little unsure at first, but more confident and affectionate as they got to know each other better. The murder/mystery background was very well woven into the romance.
I’m a great fan of historical stories and loved the authentic feel of the time (no jarring modernisms as far as I could tell). Highly recommend this.
Now I have to go get the Magpie series!
4 of 5 stars
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