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ARC Review: India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy by Carol K Carr

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Author: Carol K Carr
Title: India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy
Release: February 5, 2013
Series: India Black #3
Reviewer: Noa
Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Purchase: | Book Depository

In Victorian London, India Black has all the attributes a high-class madam needs to run a successful brothel–wit, beauty, and an ability to lie with a smile. Luckily for Her Majesty’s Government, all these talents also make her a first-rate spy…

India Black, full-time madam and occasional secret agent, is feeling restless, when one of Disraeli’s men calls on her to meet the prime minister–alone. Even though all her previous meetings have been organized by the rakishly handsome spy French, it’s been decided this is a mission India must attempt on her own.

Revolt has spread across Europe and reached the shores of England–anarchists have begun assassinating lords and earls, one by one. Now India must infiltrate the ranks of the underground group responsible for those attacks, the sinister Dark Legion. To stop their dread plot, India will go from the murkiest slums of London to the highest levels of society, uncovering secrets that threaten her very existence…

India Black is back and as wonderful as ever! This latest installment in the Victorian era mystery series by Carol K Carr proves that you can have drama, adventure and even romance without taking yourself too seriously.

India, Madam of the Lotus House in London is very happy to once again be called in to serve Queen and country…but she isn’t thrilled about not having her trusted partner, the mysterious French at her side. Still, anarchists are bombing London sites and killing government officials and they need to be stopped – and fast. India needs to infiltrate the Anarchist cell, discover their plans and find out who their mysterious leader is. If there is anyone up for the challenge it’s India Black.

In Shadows of Anarchy India also has a personal mystery she is determined to solve. At the end of the last book she discovered some intriguing information about her mother’s past – but when she goes digging, she might find out a little more than she planned…

India is her usual witty, cheeky and sarcastic self. Carr has truly created a gem of a heroine. And I am so happy that this book reveals more about her past and gives the reader a glimmer of insight into just where India may have come from.

India takes center stage in Shadows of Anarchy with French taking more of a back seat and while I was worried at first, as the plot thickens so does French’s involvement. There is definitely some major progress in their working and personal relationships…though I wouldn’t vouch for everything coming up roses in book 4. ;)

If you’re looking for a sassy intelligent and fun-tastic heroine – India Black is the one.

Happy Reading!

Noa first fell in love with books when she discovered 100 acre wood and its inhabitants. To this day, the last pages of “The House at Pooh Corner” make her cry. In a good way. From“Calvin and Hobbes” to “The Iliad and the Odyssey” and lets not forget “Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes”. Biographies, mysteries, history books and romances all have a place on her bookshelves. Who needs furniture? This 29 year old singleton’s dream is to invent the zero-calorie chocolate. But until that day arrives, she tries to create sweet confections with whatever chocolate she can find. An MA in conflict studies (need a mediator?) means Noa loves a good debate, especially when she wins. If she were in charge, books would be free for everyone.
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