Friday, March 28, 2008
I love Brenda Joyce's books and this is one of her series that I stumbled upon when I was at Barnes & Nobles looking for new books to buy. The books in this series are about Francesca Cahill who lives in New York City in the early 1900s and Brenda Joyce has stopped writing the Francesca Cahill Deadly at 8 books and I don't know when or if she will continue writing this series. I loved reading all about the ridiculious situations that Francesca Cahill could get into so easily in these books and the love triangle that she's in the middle of just makes the series more interesting. Here are the description of the books from the back cover and their pictures:


DEADLY LOVE $ 6.99 (Book 1)(338 Pages)




The year is 1902. The place is New York City. It is a world of huge mansions and society balls, but only footsteps away are the city’s darkest back alleyways. It is a time of glamour and wealth—scandal and corruption. One cold winter night, a little boy is kidnapped from his own bed while his parents attend a neighbor’s elegant ball. And Francesca Cahill, a daughter of soiree’s host, stumbles across the ransom. Determined to help in any way she can, Francesca soon is involved in the high profile police investigation—while helplessly falling in love with New York City’s newly appointed police commissioner, the powerful and Rick Bragg.

Francesca and Bragg begin to search for the answers to a shocking crime. At stake is a little boy’s life. As the duo is plunged into a web of corruption, secrets, and lies, Francesca’s own life begins to slowly but surely unravel—until a series of stunning truths are revealed, each taking her more deeply into the heart of true danger and even truer passion…








DEADLY PLEASURE $ 6.99 (Book 2)(359 Pages)




Francesca Cahill comes from one of New York’s best families. Her mother is a leading socialite, her father, a millionaire. Their expectations for their daughter are simple—marry well, and soon. But the intrepid and self-styled “Crime-Solver Extraordinaire” has other plans…

Francesca discovered she had a penchant for sleuthing when she met Rick Bragg, New York City’s powerful and enigmatic Police Commissioner. Together, they solved what was known as the crime of the century. Now, their paths are destined to come together once again, but this time fare more dangerously and fatefully. For Francesca is tempted to give in to the desire she and Rick have been resisting. And when Bragg’s arch-rival Calder Hart arrives in town, respectable man is suddenly found dead, and now murder is the name of the game…









DEADLY AFFAIRS $ 6.99 (Book 3)(358 Pages)





As the heiress to a vast fortune amassed by her millionaire father, Francesca Cahill’s life should be mapped out for her: find an eligible suitor, marry, and have children. But Francesca is an unconventional young lady who is not about to give up her knack for sleuthing—even though it brings her closer to danger than she ever could imagine…

Murder strikes once again in the seamy underbelly of New York’s high society, exposing scandalous secrets and unleashing an intense investigation into one of the most brutal crimes the city has ever known. Innocent women are being murdered and there seems to be a strange connection between them. Can Francesca unravel the clues or by doing so, will she place herself in grave jeopardy? Francesca must join forces with Rick Bragg, New York City’s Police Commissioner and the man she cannot resist loving, as their search takes them through a twisted labyrinth of menacing lies, corruption, and a passion that refuses to be denied…









DEADLY DESIRE $ 6.99 (Book 4)(371 Pages)


The time is turn-of-the-century New York City. Society’s elite host glittering balls inside sprawling mansions while outside, the teeming streets harbor secrets of their own.

New York City’s Police Commissioner Rick Bragg has more than he can handle: in addition to the hoodlums and thugs that populate the city’s underbelly, his feelings for Francesca Cahill are becoming more and more complicated. Francesca is an heiress, an innocent beauty who should marry someone other than him. But Francesca has a remarkable talent for solving crimes—and this puts the two of them too close for comfort. To intensify matters, a Bragg family reunion is taking place in New York. And beautiful, willful Lucy Bragg is being stalked. As the stalking turns to threats, the threats turn to blackmail, and the blackmail turns to something entirely more nefarious than anyone can guess. And so Francesca and Rick begin a harrowing journey through the squalid underworld of the city, as well as the gilded drawing rooms of society. Soon Francesca finds herself irresistibly drawn to two men, to both the dark and the light, to safety and peril, to sensuality and true love…









DEADLY CARESS $ 6.99 (Book 5)(374 Pages)



The year is 1902. The place is New York City. A famous stage actress has been found strangled in an artist’s studio, and the artist herself has vanished. Francesca Cahill, the city’s most unconventional heiress and famous amateur sleuth, is once again on the case—for the murder victim is none other than her bother’s mistress. And when the sole witness to the crime is also found strangled and only one clue is left behind—a silk stocking—it becomes evident that a madman is on the loose.

Now more than ever, Francesca is determined to find the City Strangler and bring him to justice. But the trail is a twisted one, and she’ll need the help of handsome, dynamic Police Commissioner Rick Bragg—even though she must attempt to end their star-crossed romantic liaison. But now, she also finds herself fending off the advances of his notorious rival, his powerful half brother, Calder Hart. Ruthlessly pursued by Hart, hopelessly enamored with Bragg, Francesca races against the clock before the City Strangler strikes again, never realizing the consequences that will come when danger and desire become one…









DEADLY PROMISE $ 6.99 (Book 6)(341 Pages)




It is March of 1902, and Francesca Cahill—Fifth Avenue heiress, undaunted political activist and intrepid amateur sleuth—has just learned of a grave new danger haunting the streets of New York. A beautiful teenage girl named Emily O’Hare is missing, and Francesca fears that he girl has been abducted. Only one person can help her learn the child’s fate—but Police Commissioner Rick Bragg may not want to get involved because Francesca has just stunned Rick by accepting a proposal of marriage…from none other than his own rival.

Francesca still questions her decision to marry the powerful and notorious Calder Hart. But Rick Bragg is wed to another…and his dazzling wife has just returned after four years abroad to reclaim their marriage. Francesca remains torn between the two very different men—but she desperately tries to set aside the affairs of her heart when she discovers that Emily isn’t he first girl to vanish in recent weeks. And when Francesca discovers a trail of deception and lies, when someone very close to her investigation is murdered, Francesca realizes that the evil force behind the girls’ abductions may try to find a way to silence her too—if she dares to uncover the truth…









DEADLY ILLUSIONS $ 7.50 (Book 7)(377 Pages)



Manhattan, 1902.


Irrepressible heiress and intrepid sleuth Francesca Cahill moves from her own elegant world of Fifth Avenue to the teeming underbelly of society, a place of pride, passions…and sometimes deadly perversions.

Despite the misgivings of her fiancé, Calder Hart, Francesca cannot turn away from a threat that is terrorizing the tenement neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. A madman has attacked three women, but while the first two victims survived, the third is dead, raising the stakes. All the victims are impoverished but beautiful Irishwomen—and Francesca fears that Maggie Kennedy and Gwen O’Neil, two friends who live nearby, could be next.

Soon she is working with her former love, police commissioner Rick Bragg—Calder’s half brother and worst rival. But even as Calder’s jealous passions leave his relationship with Francesca teetering on the brink, Francesca is frantically on the killer’s trail, certain The Slasher will strike again—afraid she will be too late….










DEADLY KISSES $ 6.99 (Book 8)(470 Pages)





“I did not kill anyone, Francesca. And the fact that you wish to destroy evidence suggests you think me capable of murder.”

New York, 1902.

Called to the home of her fiancé Calder Hart’s former mistress late one night, amateur sleuth Francesca Cahill’s curiosity is piqued. But upon arrival, she is shocked to find Daisy Jones’s bloodied body—even more devastated when the evidence points to one suspect: Calder.

Francesca cannot—will not—believe that Calder is capable of such an act. Still, she is unable to shake her instinctive sense that Calder is lying about something. The police are far less inclined to believe his innocence. But Francesca’s heart is not easily swayed…until a life-altering secret is exposed that could destroy their future together.

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