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Deadly Kisses (Francesca Cahill #8)

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Called to the home of her fiancé's former mistress late one night, Francesca finds her curiosity piqued. But upon arrival, she is shocked to find Daisy Jones's bloodied body…and even more devastated when the evidence points to one suspecther fiancé, Calder.

Francesca cannotwill notbelieve that Calder is capable of such an act. Still, she is unable to shake her instinctive s

Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by HQN Books (first published 2006)
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Sep 14, 2012 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have been following along as I have been reading this series, you know that Francesca is a modern gal caught in 1902 New York City. She is headstrong reformer and a brave sleuth in a time that a lady, especially one as well-to-do as she, is not looked upon favorably by most. Even her family is against he working with the police to solve crimes that put her in the direct path of dangerous criminals. She does seem to get injured in every book so I understand their concern.

Francesca begins t
Peut-être que je me lasse, mais j'ai moins aimé ce tome que les précédents. L'enquête qui promettait d'être intéressante est finalement un peu longuette et la relation Francesca/Calder m'a un peu saoulée. Par contre Evan et Maggie sont trop mignons.
May 11, 2008 Muriel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been waiting a year for this book, the latest in the Francesca Cahill series, and it didn't disappoint! I just love the characters in this series... well, most of them ;-) This latest book truly reinforces the relationship between Calder and Fran as their commitment to each other continues to grow stronger. We also get some forward momentum with Evan and Maggie, another wonderful relationship that has developed throughout the series. There wasn't nearly enough of my other couple though, I m ...more
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Jun 19, 2013 I love books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Francesca Cahill fa parte di una famiglia altolocata nella società americana di inizio ventesimo secolo, i suoi genitori danno spesso feste frequentate solo dalle persone più importanti e per lei vorrebbero un matrimonio rispettabile, convenzionale: ma Francesca non è affatto convenzionale. Dopo essersi affermata come investigatrice privata, la ragazza ha più volte rischiato la vita per portare a termine i suoi incarichi, fornendo la sua consulenza anche in molti casi propri della polizia, ma no ...more
Jul 09, 2013 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Siamo nel 1902 a New York. La protagonista è Francesca Cahill, investigatrice privata di talento, che si ritrova a dover indagare su un caso ben diverso da quelli ai quali è abituata. È stato infatti ritrovato il cadavere di Daisy Jones, bellissima prostituta, ex amante di Calder Hart, attuale fidanzato di Francesca.
Secondo la polizia, tutti gli indizi portano a Calder. Ma Francesca sa che non è possibile, che Hart, nonostante il suo losco passato, non ucciderebbe mai nessuno.
Ma allora, chi ha
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
This fun, fast, historical suspense is a re-release of Ms. Joyce’s 2006 title. Deadly Kisses is the second book I read in Ms. Joyce’s Deadly series, but it is not the second book in the series which began with Deadly Love published in 2001. Deadly Kisses is actually the eighth book in the series.

Even if you do not start at the beginning, and I didn’t, the Francesca Cahill books are addictive. The characters, especially Francesca, her fiancé Calder Hart, his half-brother police commissioner Rick
Adoro Francesca Cahill, ma...
5 stelle piene per la parte gialla, costruita con cura, attenzione, la suspense rimane alta e il finale è inaspettato quanto raccapricciante e sconvolgente.
4 stelle per la parte rosa, che se da una parte è sensuale e coinvolgente, dall'altra rimane altamente penalizzata dalla mancanza dei libri precedenti: la devozione profonda dell'eroina al suo bad fidanzato è incomprensibile e questa donna, tanto brillante e coraggiosa nei panni di detective appare sciocca ed inge
Carrie Garza
Feb 23, 2014 Carrie Garza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the early 1900's, Francesca is a young woman before her time. A sleuth, a Crime-solver Extraordinaire. Her fiance is wealthy, with a scandalous reputation, who finds himself the chief suspect in the murder of his exmistress and unborn child. Francesca never loses faith in the man she loves as she works to solve the crime.
Dec 11, 2010 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compelling romance/mystery/suspense novel involving an aristocratic lady in early 20th century New York who finds that her fiance's former mistress has been murdered and her fiance is the primary suspect. In fact, the evidence just keeps on piling up and it is up to Francesca to prove Calder Hart's innocence. The scandal is so intense that Hart breaks their engagement in order to deflect its worst effects from Francesca and her family. This is a well-written book with fascinating characters and ...more
Jennifer Monzon
Dec 29, 2010 Jennifer Monzon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
And the plot thickens! WOW, Calder is being framed for murder! Francesca is doing everything she can to save him. We finally see the true feelings behind Francesca’s parents towards Calder. Francesca’s Brother Evan finally opens his eyes and breaks it off with Bartello in a dramatic way. The future daughters of Rick Bragg and wife are in danger and they will stop at nothing to protect them. This book answered a lot of questions from the previous book which I enjoyed tremendously. And this plot w ...more
Dr Goodreads
Jan 09, 2016 Dr Goodreads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
liked Fran the best in this book!
Hart <3
Feb 06, 2016 DA4Pups marked it as own-under-another-title  ·  review of another edition
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Patricia Solla
Sep 21, 2011 Patricia Solla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, pbs
This story is an historical who done it. Part of a series, you don't really need to read the previous books, this one stands alone quite well. Set in the early 1900's we find a woman PI (very unusual for a woman at that time) who's fiance's former mistress has been killed and she needs to find the killer. The characters are interesting and the storyline moves along very well. Along the way we get insight into the PI and her fiance as well as some other members of both their families.
Il romanzo offre una storia scorrevole e intrigante, un tipico giallo in cui gli indizi vengono svelati un poco alla volta, tenendo costantemente il lettore sulla corda nella complicata ricerca della verità.
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Aug 17, 2013 Gaynell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: joyce-brenda
I really liked this book. It was great that Francesca believed in Hart so much that she didn't let any circumstantial evidence shake her faith in him. I, also, liked that Rick Bragg and Leigh Ann seem to on the way to a full reconciliation by the end of the book.
Nov 29, 2008 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is Calder guilty of murder? Evidence points to him, but Francesca isn't so sure. Should she believe the evidence or her heart?
The book leaves a cliffhanger at the end...I hope the last book will be published sometime soon...
Karen L
I also read this book in 2009. However, they just came out with a reissue of this book a few months ago under the Harlequin line. It leaves you wondering if Calder and Francesca will ever get married.
ZaBeth  Marsh
This book was even better the second time reading it. Joyce kept the action moving from scene to scene juggling the multiple story lines so that readers never have a moment to relax as the tension builds.
Originially read when it first was release. Did a quick re-read in December 2010 to get ready for the next book. Love Calder and Francesca - but it is time for this series to resolve:)
I learned that I don't particularly like this kind of book set in the early 1900's. Women are portrayed as weaker creatures and swoon into men's arms. Uck.
Monique J.
Jan 04, 2012 Monique J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic-mystery
Read my review on my blog: Too Many Books, Not Enough Time. Here is the URL.

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Regalato ad un'amica...

Carino, ma mi mancano gli altri della serie e quindi qualche tassello della storia...
Jul 14, 2010 Lesli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2006
Francesca makes a fascinating character. This is clearly romantic suspense at the dawn of the 20th century.
PennsyLady (Bev)
Francesca Cahill #8

light reading

turn of the century socialite-reformer-sleuth
Jennifer Sands
pretty good. not as riveting as i was hoping but definitely got better as i went along.
Dianne Salzwedel
Mar 03, 2012 Dianne Salzwedel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
9th of a series, 1902 sleuth looking who killed her fiance's mistress
I loved every page of it. It was interesting from beginning to end.
Mary Lauer
Aug 06, 2011 Mary Lauer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was kind of the slowest to me. I am hoping #9 is really good.
Jun 27, 2013 Tania rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
Change of pace.... Last book was aimed at older kids.
Dec 16, 2015 Ruby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah la la, quelle belle série. Que du plaisir !
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Brenda Joyce is the bestselling author of forty-one novels and five novellas. She has won many awards, and her debut novel, Innocent Fire, won a Best Western Romance award. She has also won the highly coveted Best Historical Romance award for Splendor and Two Lifetime Achievement Awards from Romantic Times BOOKreviews. There are over 14 million copies of her novels in print and she is published in ...more
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