Three Nights of Sin
Anne Mallory
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Three Nights of Sin
Anne Mallory
384 pages
April 2008
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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There's nothing really original about Three Nights of Sin. The cover artwork looks like thousands of other books published in this genre, and particularly by this publisher. The title is semi-titillating but slightly inaccurate when you read the book (there are plenty more than three nights of sin). The feisty, independent, down-on-her-luck heroine is familiar, as is the arrogant, hard-to-read alpha-male hero. The setting in the seamy underbelly of London where tavern wenches with bad teeth disport themselves with locals is itself nothing new.

But there's still some charm to this story. Granted, our heroine, Marietta Winter, is a bit too good to be true, sacrificing her future for her worthless brothers. The hero, Gabriel Noble, has a tortured past that he's trying to overcome by doing good deeds. When Marietta is referred to him to get help proving her brother Kenny innocent of the Middlesex Murders, she has nothing with which to bargain except her body. It's not entirely clear whether this is the reward that Gabriel actually wants for helping her, and he gets it soon enough anyway, but they end up working together to try to solve the mystery of the Middlesex Murderer's identity. As society believes even more firmly that Marietta's family are involved, and as Gabriel realizes that the culprit might actually be someone close to him, they have to decide whether they can trust and believe in each other. So nothing new there, then.

Those who like this kind of book will enjoy it. The historical detail is nice in places, inaccurate in others (particularly the dialogue), but once again that's common in this kind of book. However, if you're looking for a read a little out of the ordinary, this isn't it.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2008

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