Sergeant Thaddeus Knight, a Metropolitan police officer,
found a young factory worker stabbed to death: Anna
Mosely was only 14. He suspects the owner of Larker
Textile Factory has a hand in it. The murder of Anna
Mosely weighs on Thaddeus' conscience, but his superior
gives him only 14 days to solve the case. The poor don't
trust the Peelers, the police, and he needs to talk to
people who knew Anna.
One evening, Thaddeus waits for the factory workers' day
to end and follows a young woman. At first, she is
scared; then seeing he's a Peeler, she's angry and
becomes a bit belligerent. He tells her he's looking into
Anna Mosely's murder, and he accompanies her home to
ensure her safety. The attractive redhead calls herself
Mrs. Poppy Corrigan.
Upon reaching her flat, Thaddeus recognises Poppy's
brother Daniel O'Reilly, whose life the policeman had
saved. Poppy had always maintained the only Peeler she
respected was the one who had rescued her brother Daniel;
now that man has a face and a name. Against all odds,
they become friends mostly over their mutual love of
books and things intellectual; Poppy tries to resist her
attraction to the enemy, but eventually realises
they could try to have a go at love.
SECRETS IN SCARLET is a Georgian era historical romantic
suspense, which is a bit unusual in itself -- and quite a
welcome change. SECRETS IN SCARLET is the second
instalment in the Rookery Roguesseries and it can
easily be read as a standalone. The author has done
extensive research to ensure accuracy in language,
clothing, police procedures, weaving, and factory work.
Her meticulousness pays off because her attention to
detail enhances an already powerful story and splendid
characters; she brings the word of Spitalfields to life.
Ms. Monroe is a supremely gifted writer: her prose is
flawless, fluid and elegant; her vocabulary choices are
impeccable and suited to the characters; she possesses a
perfect understanding of the class differences and
customs of the era. The relationship between Thaddeus and
Poppy is beautiful and realistic; their love story took
my breath away. The plot is intricate, exciting, and
comes to a logical and rather shocking conclusion.
SECRETS IN SCARLET is a fabulous book that no one should
When a girl is murdered at a factory in one of London’s
rookeries, Sergeant Thaddeus Knight of the Metropolitan
Police comes in to investigate. But it’s not just the
factory owners that Thaddeus wants information on–the
devilishly intriguing Poppy O’Reilly is a puzzle he’d like
nothing more than to solve.
Protecting her young daughter is the most important thing
Poppy, and Thaddeus threatens the false identity she’s
carefully constructed. The last thing she should do is
Thaddeus close to her family, yet she can’t stay away from
him. With danger around the corner, will the secrets of a
scarlet woman lead to their undoing?