Originally published in hardcover in 07/96
Featuring: Imogene Waterstone; Matthias Marshall, Earl of Colchester
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Imogene Waterstone has always prided herself on being a
thoroughly independent young woman, but now she needs a man
of implacable will and nerves of iron. That's why she
invited Matthias Marshall, infamous Earl of Colchester, to
her home in Upper Strickland. Who better than the legendary
explorer to help her lay the perfect trap?
Her scheme is simple, really: She plans to let it be known
that when she inherited her uncle's collection of
antiquities, she also inherited a map to a fabulous ancient
treasure. She's sure that her enemy would risk financial
ruin in pursuit of the mythical artifact. And to make
doubly sure the scoundrel took the bait, she wants
Colchester to pretend that he's out to seduce Imogene so
that he, too, could get his hands on her map.
Yet in all of her plotting, Imogene never anticipates
Colchester's violent reaction to her request or her own
electrifying reaction to him. Neither does she expect that
a malevolent threat would emerge from the labyrinth of
Londonâ€”sinister enough to endanger her and Colchester's
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