When I wrote the first book in my lighthearted Regent Mysteries series,
WITH HIS LADY'S
ASSISTANCE (2011), I knew it was romantic, and I knew it was going to be a
series featuring the dashing Captain Jack Dryden and Lady Daphne Chalmers. But I
did not know how I was going to sustain a fresh romance in subsequent books.
Quite naturally, Jack and Daphne fall in love in Book 1. Thereafter, they team
up to solve mysteries for the Prince Regent. In the second book, A MOST DISCREET INQUIRY,
they marry, and many obstacles get in the way of the consummation of their marriage.
When I got to the third book, I knew that as much as Jack and Daphne loved one
another, their romance had been done. Readers needed something fresh. So in THE THEFT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
two lonely souls of disparate ages are spending Christmas with Jack and Daphne,
and while their hosts are off solving a mystery for the Prince Regent, they fall
in love. Readers tell me the romantic subplot in the book is "precious." Here's
what one reader on Goodreads had to say: "The romantic subplot with two side
characters was surprisingly affecting; I was really rooting for them both by the
end, and considering that this is a novella, that's saying quite a lot."
(As an aside: Book 1, WITH
HIS LADY'S ASSISTANCE, was a finalist for Best Historical in the 2011
International Digital Awards, and THE THEFT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
was a finalist for Best Short Historical in the 2013 International Digital Awards.)
In this month's release, AN
EGYPTIAN AFFAIR, Jack and Daphne's investigation takes them to Egypt, and
Daphne knows she cannot go there without bringing her sister Rosemary, who is
mad for anything to do with Egypt. Rosemary's also mad for a Captain Cooper,
even though he's never shown any particular attraction to her. Accompanying them
on the journey is the bespectacled Cambridge scholar, Stanton Maxwell. As
Rosemary's life is jeopardized, she comes to realize it's Mr. Maxwell who is
possessed of heroic qualities. I hope readers enjoy this romance. As well as the
Cheryl Bolen is the New York Times Bestselling Author of
more than a dozen Regency- set historical romances published by Harlequin
Historical and Zebra Historical. Her first book, A Duke Deceived, won her
the title of Notable New Author and was a runner up for the Holt Medallion for
Best First Book. Her One Golden Ring won the Holt Medallion for Best
Historical. Her books have been finalists for many writing awards, including the
Daphne du Maurier, have been Barnes & Noble bestsellers, and have been
translated into French, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Italian, Polish, and
Admitting to a fascination over dead Englishwomen, she is a
regular contributor to the Regency Plume, The Regency Reader and the Quizzing
Glass. Many of her interesting articles on Regency England can be found at her
She holds an English/journalism degree from the University of
Texas and an MS from the University of Houston. Before her first book was
published in 1998, she enjoyed careers as a newspaper reporter/editor and as a
public school English teacher.
A fresh romance with each new mystery . . .
While Captain Jack
Dryden would lay down his life for the Regent, he draws the line at endangering
his wife in the dark alleyways of Cairo-the place where the Regent's friend and
procurer of antiquities has gone missing.
But Lady Daphne Dryden will
not be denied the opportunity to see swaying palms, crumbling pillars, and
soaring pyramids in exotic Egypt. She even insists on bringing her youngest
sister, Rosemary, who's enamored of all things Egyptian. The Regent insists on
sending Stanton Maxwell, England's most imminent expert on Egyptology, as their
interpreter and his own soldiers as their protectors.
Once in Cairo,
Jack and Daphne begin their inquiries, inquiries which almost certainly cause
the murder of one woman and the abduction of Lady Rosemary. Will Jack and
Daphne's wits-and the unexpected bravery of Mr. Maxwell-be enough to extricate
them from danger and unmask the evil-doers?
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2 comments posted.
Wow, Peggy, thanks for your insightful comments. I'm so glad you're happy with my cover. It was my idea.
(Cheryl Bolen 10:41am December 18, 2015)