Thursday, January 5, 2012

India Black and the Widow of Windsor: Darcy's Review ('Twas Fate!)

Who doesn't like browsing through a bookstore? All those lovely, tempting reads, just sitting there waiting to be picked up and purchased. Back in the middle of November, I was out and about with friends and we had some time to kill before a movie ('Immortals,' don't judge) so we decided to do just that. Walk around Barnes and Noble and make mental wishlists for the coming holidays.

When I saw the cover of this book, I knew I wanted it. I didn't even know what it was about! I knew I wanted it before I had even read the back of it. Funny thing? I didn't get a chance. We had to leave the store before I could pick it up, let alone buy it. Then several weeks later I was shopping with my grandmother for Christmas and I found it! The book! The book was calling to me, saying, 'Darcy... buy me... read me... write a review on Castles & Guns about me...'

Maybe I exaggerate a little. Truthfully it was the name that got me. India Black. I am a sucker for a heroine/hero/main character with a great name. Eve Dallas, Melrose Plant and Richard Jury, India Black... Names are important.

So, finally I had the book!

I adore mysteries. No, I really do. From 'Scooby-Doo' to Agatha Christie, 'Wire in the Blood' to Martha Grimes, I cannot get enough of mystery fiction, both in film and the written word. I especially love unforgettable female characters, which is exactly the impression India Black leaves with the reader. Unfortunately she has the same effect on people, which makes her a less than perfect undercover spy. Still, that's the fun of the story.

India Black and the Widow of Windsor is a wicked little romp filled with sizzling commentary from a madam (a mistress of a whore house) as she helps to stop a plot to assassinate Queen Victoria. To read more about this book and the other A Madam of Espionage Mystery, you can visit Carol K. Carr's website.

This book entertained me to no end! It is the second in the series and I am happy to report I now have my hands on the first. Normally I am a stickler for reading a series in order, but I found starting with the second did not leave me lost or clueless about the characters and backstory. Sign me up for the third already!

Happy reading!

-Darcy (of the Drake variety)