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La note mystérieuse (Francesca Cahill/Deadly #1)

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The year is 1902. The place is New York City. It is a world of huge mansions and society balls, but only footsteps away are the city's darkest back alleyways. It is a time of glamour and wealth—scandal and corruption. One cold winter night, a little boy is kidnapped from his own bed while his parents attend a neighbor's elegant ball. And Francesca Cahill, the da
Mass Market Paperback, 312 pages
Published February 8th 2008 by J'ai Lu (first published January 2001)
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Paganalexandria **wicked juices bubbling over**
I read this a long time ago, and discovered a few significant forgotten plot points. All and all, my original rating stands. This is the first book in Brenda Joyce's Francesca Cahill mystery series. This book was a departure from her more well known historical romance novels. Francesca is the beautiful, but secret bluestocking daughter of 1900's industrialist Andrew Cahill. Her mother Julia worries that unlike the other women in the family, she has absolutely no interest in the social whirl or s ...more
This was a good introduction to the Deadly series although I was hoping for a little more.

I've read a few of Brenda Joyce's books before and have mixed feelings about her work. I really enjoyed two of her books in the De Warren Dynasty series and then couldn't stand most of the other ones. I had high hopes for the Deadly series mainly because I was really intrigued with a type of modern, Sherlock-Holmes esque type of romance that featured a woman in the lead crime-solving role. I was also very
Por un lado, la trama atrapa. Por otro, la protagonista, con un intelecto supuestamente superior, resulta bastante tonta. La historia deja bastante de lado el romance (poquísimo sexo para lo habitual en este tipo de novelas) para centrarse más en lo detectivesco. Supongo que irán desarrollando la historia de los dos protagonistas a lo largo de las distintas novelas que compongan la serie, pero dudo que tenga paciencia para leerlas. Aun así, no me ha disgustado.
I really enjoyed this book. The mystery was believable, especially considering it was a historical fiction novel and usually the suspense in these books are either very obvious or not accurate for the time period. While this is technically a romantic suspense novel, the romance in the story is very slow to build and the h/h only have one scene where they come together. Francesca's character was at times TSTL as she kept getting herself into situations that seemed crazy and unnecessary. Her motiv ...more
I am very disappointed with the heroine's character (or lack thereof).
This is a not a romance story, there was never a chemistry between the 2.
Again, the most irritating, stupid, annoying heroine ever written. I had a terrible headache reading her POV.
This series is the best Brenda Joyce has ever written. Unfortunately, her publisher cut the series off leaving many fans dangling for a denoument. A final book is now expected out in 2011.
This book fell a little short of what I hoped it would be. I enjoyed the main plot of the kidnapped child. I was kept guessing the entire book and it was a solid mystery. I thought all the adultery and little subplots were a bit distracting. There wasn't even remotely a conclusion on any of them. It would have been nice to see SOME of the loose ends tied before the story ended.

The heroine of the book was somewhat disappointing. She was a lot more girly than she imagined herself not to be. I'm so
It’s 1902 in New York City and Francesca, a 20-year-old bluestocking, openly works for reform while secretly attending Brainard College. She is the youngest of three and still lives at home with her parents in what is called the Marble Palace because of its opulence. Francesca is determined to get a journalism degree and become the first woman reporter for a major New York newspaper and her mother is just as determined to see her marry well. Francesca is beautiful and wealthy and suitors have ne ...more
Monique J.
I found Deadly Love in the mystery section at Border’s. It didn’t take long to figure out that the author, B.D. Joyce, was Brenda Joyce. I’d enjoyed her romance novels featuring the Bragg family. In fact, they’re buried two-rows deep in my bookshelves. The introduction to her new series read: “Welcome to the world of Francesca Cahill, crime solver extraordinaire. Francesca is no ordinary heroine. She refuses to bow to convention, wears her heart on her sleeve, and is determined to right the ills ...more
This book doesn't exactly read like your average historical romance. First, the setting is a little different; while most historical romances take place in regency or Victorian England, this one is set in turn-of-the-century New York City. While the time frame might make it easier for the author to portray the characters and lifestyle of the time (early 20th century New Yorkers had a few of our modern commodities, like electricity, telephones and even typewriters), it is also hard to capture the ...more
I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn't. The main characters irritated me at every step. For as often as the other characters talked about how smart she is, Francesca made a lot of stupid decisions. I had to read it in small doses because I kept getting annoyed. The writing is good,and Joyce moves the plot along nicely, but I couldn't get past the flawed characters.
This was more like a 2 and 1/2 stars...I mean I liked the mystery that was the meat of the story, but it had a hard time deciding what it wanted to be (romance or mystery) as there was no real interaction between the hero and heroine. And I do get that it is a series so there is a leading up to quality but looking at the descriptions for the others, it's unsure whether they actually get their HEA which is something I always want in my romances. A tad things were unbelievable like when it came ou ...more
Laurie Collins
I really enjoyed the whole Deadly series. There are nine books in the series and every single book is good. This isn't a romance series of the usual sort. Francesca Cahill is a young woman in NYC in the early 1900's. It's rare to find a romance written in that time period. Throughout the series, she's involved with TWO men, not just one. Most romance novels have cookie-cutter heros, interchangeable from one novel to the next. In this book, Brenda gives us TWO heros, brothers, who are very differ ...more
This series revolves around Francesca Cahill, a woman who helps the police department solve cases in 1902 New York City. Francesca is an unconventional woman-an heiress, social reformer and self proclaimed bluestocking who discovers she has a penchant for using deductive reasoning to solve crimes. There is action, romance, and suspense in each book. The main and secondary characters are well developed and pull you into their lives as you read. A bit soap opera-ish but right down my alley for rec ...more
I read the other books in this series before reading this book so I always wonder how Francesca and Joe, the young kid who helps Francesca with her mysteries, because he is from the poor side of town; now I know how they met. :) I like all the characters in the book but Joe is a scrapper even though he is young will not back down not even the police. Francesca also meet Bragg, the police commisioner for the first time. He is such a white knight in these stories unlike some of the people on his p ...more
Krimi und Romanze gut verflochten! Einfach zu lesen!
This is my all time favorite series.It is such a quick read. Each book takes place during a few weeks. Francesca is a young debutante who knows who she is and won;t settle for marriage for convince or otherwise. She'd rather study than go to balls. The series begins in 1902 when she discovers a ransom note among her things. She informs the new police chief Rick Bragg and they work together to try to find the missing child before its too late.

These books have it all mystery, suspense, romance, hu
Deadly Love was recommended to me by my book buddy, and it was a lovely surprise! The atmosphere of 1900's New York was perfectly captured, and the mystery kept me on the edge of my seat. The romantic tension between Francesca and Rick Bragg is thick enough to cut with a knife, and I'm already eager to see what happens in the next installment.

Only complaint: Rick Bragg. Really? What a name! How about Dirk Awesome or Manly Genitalia?
Absolutely fell in love with this new series from the get-go. This is the first in the Francesca Cahill series of mysteries set in turn-of-the-century New York. To be completely hones the mystery was rather forgettable but the characters were wonderfully written and I was hooked despite not being a fan of the romance genre in general... and that's basically what this is.
I'm not exactly sure what made me like this book so much. The development of the main character is fantastic. She's not to much one way or the other. The perfect type of heroine I like to read. There were also so many twists and turns I couldn't put the book down I just had to find out who done it. Can't wait to start the second book.
Laura James
I was always hesitant to read this series. I assumed that it wouldn't be satisfying as either a romance or mystery, but I was dead wrong. The first book in the series "Deadly Love" is good, but it's mostly just laying the groundwork for the proceeding books which are AMAZING. Definitely give this series a shot.
This is my first Brenda Joyce book. I really enjoyed it very much. I really liked the chemistry between Francesca and Bragg (although I would have probably throttled her if I were Commissioner Bragg)! She did help the police solve the crime, but her snooping could very well have gotten her killed.
Goedele Vanholme
Original idea to combine romance novel with crime. However, I was a bit disappoint the author decided to make a series of different crime-books while rather slowly unravelling the love story. I like my books to end with a 'they lived happily ever after'...
I really liked this book, fast paced, attraction between h/h, mystery on every page. The heroine is likeable and you love her sense of finding out the truth and investigating things. I will definitely be looking for the others in this series!
Absolutely incredible. An excellent blend of historical-suspense with a hint of romance. I love series with their slow romantic build-up, and this book is more of a boil-over than a build-up. An original.
Sharal Hunter
Very enjoyable story! Great characterization and setting. I enjoyed the chemistry between Francesca and Bragg quite a bit and I look forward to seeing how it plays out in future books.
First in the series. I love seeing a continuation to the Bragg family. Francesca makes a fascinating character. This is clearly romantic suspense at the dawn of the 20th century.
Enjoyed the storyline. .interesting ,fun characters. .the description of New York in 1902 was well done.Felt as if the writer had been there.
Jenny Rebecca
Read this when it first came out in 2001. Liked it then, was less impressed today. Oh well, whatcanyado?

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