JANE AND THE MAN OF THE CLOTH
What murky secrets does the brooding Mr. Sidmouth hope to preserve behind his fearful glower? And who is the exceedingly lovely young woman dressed in peasant garb who shares his home? Once settled in town, Jane seeks to learn the answers. Yet common gossip is soon forgotten when a man is found hanged from a makeshift gibbet by the sea.
Only the day before, Jane had observed this same man in a heated exchange with Mr. Sidmouth. Still, the worthies of Lyme are certain the labourers death is the work of "the Reverend," the notorious ringleader of the midnight smuggling trade. The Reverends identity is the paramount mystery of Lyme Regis. And Jane, who can never resist a puzzle, is determined to solve this one.
But to her dismay, she must soon admit that she harbours a strange sensibility for a man who could well be a murderer. And then a second mysterious death draws her into a perilous scheme to entrap and expose Geoffrey Sidmouth. From the drawing rooms of the cultured and the devious to secret caverns and coarse haunts, her mission will take her far from a ladys proper venue until even so canny a student of character and valiant adventurer must ask herself: "Is the prize worth the risk to my heart as well as my person?"
Stylish, suspenseful, and wickedly diverting, Jane and the Man of the Cloth delves deep into the foibles, passions, and ruthless machinations that lurk within the most polite society.
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