Sir Carlton Morley is Scotland Yard’s Chief Inspector, the epitome of respectability. However, he has a secret nighttime persona, the Shadow of Night who seeks a different kind of justice from conventional law enforcement. On one particular night, while following a potential suspect, he finds himself on the grounds of an unconventional brothel where women contract with men for services. He stumbles upon Prudence Goode, the daughter of a baron who has decided to seek one night of pleasure before her marriage to a man she recently discovered has no plans to remain faithful. What was intended as an accidental, one night encounter ends up having much longer term consequences.
I’ve looked forward to this story since learning Morley was much more than a Scotland Yard agent. His origins are tragic and my hope was that he’d find an interesting partner who would appreciate the man. Pru Goode was delightful and resourceful, who wasn’t intimidated by him but admired his qualities. The circumstances that reunited them was unexpected and led to an even more interesting angle of the story. However, so much of the related investigation was behind the scenes and I missed being part of that discovery.
Some of the best moments, however, are between Morley and the other Victorian Rebels. The dialogue is often sardonic and witty, providing much needed comic relief. The romantic aspects are over the top steamy but completely in character with Pru and Morley. I continue to relish the audiobook version as Derek Perkins just owns these stories and characters. He’s pitch perfect in all areas. While the ending felt a little rushed, I still enjoyed the story as a whole and am satisfied with Carlton finally getting his moment at happiness.
- Release Date: June 9, 2020
- Series: Victorian Rebels #7
- Narrator: Derek Perkins
- Audio Length: 8 hours, 23 minutes
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
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(Thanks to Tantor Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)