Deadly Illusions (Francesca Cahill, #7)
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Deadly Illusions (Francesca Cahill/Deadly #7)

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Irrepressible heiress and intrepid sleuth Francesca Cahill moves from her own glittering world of Fifth Avenue to the teeming underbelly of society, a place of pride, passions…and sometimes deadly perversion.

Despite the misgivings of her fiancé, Calder Hart, Francesca cannot turn away from a threat that is terrorizing the tenement neighborhood of Lower Ma...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by HQN Books (first published 2005)
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Paganalexandria **wicked juices bubbling over**
This is the latest chapter in my Francesca Cahill, Deadly series re-read project. I originally gave this three stars, but I'm almost tempted to remove a half star because of character frustration. I read this ten years ago, and unsure if it's just my changing book taste that's really the problem. Now Francesca is still silly, but was able to blame her innocence in the previous installments. In this one it's harder because she has proven herself to be an amazing investigator, so it makes no sense...more
Harlequin Books
Miniseries: A Francesca Cahill Novel
Una serie di aggressioni, un misterioso assassino e una rete intricata di bollenti passioni. Questi sono gli elementi predominanti nel nuovo romanzo che Harlequin Mondadori ha deciso di proporci. Il romanzo di Brenda Joyce, Vittime del Peccato è il risultato di una miscela ben strutturata di suspance, romance e crime. Si inizia dal caso che la nostra protagonista, l' abile quanto caparbia e intelligente investigatrice Francesca Cahill, ha per le mani. Un o...more
Silvia Liotta
Una giovane donna irlandese è stata brutalmente assassinata e tutte le prove
indicano che è l'ennesima vittima del killer Il Coltello. Francesca
Cahill è una giovane investigatrice privata che collabora con la polizia:
questo nuovo caso fa proprio al caso suo! Premetto che la casa editrice ha
deciso di saltare ampiamente i sei libri precedenti della serie per pubblicare
questo che è il settimo volume: ovviamente la trama principale, quindi il
caso investigativo, è autoconclusivo ma la storia dei prot...more
Book Review Diva
"Deadly Illusions” by Brenda Joyce

Francesca Cahill has two passions in life. The first passion, is her handsome finance the notorious New York rake named Calder Hart. He is known for being with every women in New York. Francesca knows about Calder's past behavior, but she is prepared to deal with it and devote her heart to him. Francesca loves Calder and can't wait to marry him no matter what. Francesca also believes that Calder has changed his way, and wants to marry her.

Francesca's second pas
Leggendo la trama di questo libro – una trama davvero affascinante e allettante - non avevo fatto tanto caso al nome dell’autrice, saltatomi all’occhio solo in un secondo momento.
Di Brenda Joyce ho letto già dei libri, o meglio la serie “Master of Time”, e se devo essere sincera non è che mi abbia allettato più di tanto: una serie paranormal romance senza lode e senza infamia, un tantino banale e scontata.
E così delle remore su questo nuovo romanzo ci sono state poiché, “vittima” spesso di quart...more
Amberalba Dawn
Parlare di questo romanzo come di un "Historical Crime" mi sembra piuttosto riduttivo e, a mio parere, può trarre in inganno.

Punto di forza del libro è la capacità dell'autrice di riuscire a rendere in maniera estremamente realistica l'ambientazione del romanzo. Sin dalle prime pagine si viene calati nella New York di inizio secolo scorso. Pare di sentire fin da subito l'aria retrò e bohémien che satura la vita quotidiana nelle sue strade.
Sembra di essere lì, in un mondo diviso a metà. Da un l...more
Un romanzo degno di nota!
Deadly Illusions è un romanzo ricco di mistero, essendo incentrato al 90% sull’investigazione (investigazione che l’autrice riesce a condurre dalla prima pagina fino all’ultima con maestria) e con una parte romance altrettanto interessante anche se meno ampia (ma sicuramente molto intensa).

Come sapete se avete letto la quarta di copertina la protagonista è Francesca Cahill, signorina della società bene di New York agli inizi del ’900…quegli anni in cui il movimento per l...more
DEADLY ILLUSIONS(A FRANCESCA CAHILL NOVEL)by Brenda Joyce is an interesting Regency suspense/romance.It is the seventh in the series,but can be read as a stand alone.As this is the first in this series I have read.The author gives you updated information so it is not too hard to follow the storyline,if you have not read the others in this series. It is a fast paced story of a female sleuth,a serial killer,a friend who was her first love,but he was married,a fiancee,who is not sure about love and...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
This re-release of Ms. Joyce’s 2005 title made me want to go back and read all the previous titles in the Deadly series.

The murder mystery is interesting—who is killing the poor, but hardworking Irish women in the tenements?--but it’s the characters that carry this book. Each character is multi-dimensional. Francesca Cahill is bright, witty, daring, and beautiful yet a bit reckless. Her fiancé, the notorious rake Calder Hart, is arrogant and self-assured yet needy and jealous when it comes to F...more
Floriana Amoruso
Ok, cominciare in questo modo una recensione non credo sia ottimo, però devo dirlo ci sono rimasta male! Perché? Sicuramente vorrete capire il motivo, ve lo spiego subito. Ho letto il libro, molto carino, una bella storia, intrighi, un pizzico di giallo, un romance, un po' di suspense, insomma c'è tutto e allora qual è il problema? Lo scoprire che quello che ho letto non è il primo, ma il settimo di una serie uscita molti anni prima in edicola e la decisio...more
Francesca Cahill, amateur sleuth in turn-of-the-century New York finds herself on another case in Deadly Illusions, all while handling the doubts and uncertainty surrounding her relationship with Calder Hart.

The latest case involves the apparent target of young, working class women who live in the same neighborhood and share similar circumstances. More troubling is descriptions fit her friends making them now targets. When the slash victims of the Slasher become murder victims, Francesca realize...more
It’s now April 1902 in New York City and the beautiful heiress and brave sleuth Francesca finds herself engaged to a man whose very look can make her heat up. When she begins investigating a murder Calder tags along and she is again caught between her fiance and former flame, Calder’s half-brother, Rick Bragg, the police commissioner. Rick has enough personal problems of his own as his estranged and now handicapped wife comes home from the hospital.

The mystery in this one was very good. Women we...more
Jennifer Monzon

This book was an outstanding story with an amazing romance plot and interesting twists and turns that kept you on the edge of your seat. I loved the characters, especially Francesca and Calder. The romance between these two is like no other. But having Rick Bragg, Calder’s brother on the side, the plot thickens. In Deadly Illusions Francesca does her routine of catching criminals, only in this installment she’s after a serial killer who’s killings are single, young women of Irish descendant. In...more
Worse ending to a series I have ever read. It left a lot of problems unresolved. If you have started to read the series (soap opera), don't waste your time.
Carole Moran
This episode of the Francesca Cahill mystery series was less engrossing than the previous ones I had read. There were severy plot lines on-going, much distraction from the actual mystery, and a confusion of personal lives of the characters that I found distracting and uninteresting.
Another chapter in the series..Great read to pass time.
Francesca has to find the Slasher before he kills again. Both Rick and Calder are trying to keep her safe.
Monique J.
Read my review on my blog: Too Many Books, Not Enough Time. Here is the URL.

This is a really good story that has you hanging on to your seat with tension because Francesca gets to close to the killer in this one.
Francesca makes a fascinating character. This is clearly romantic suspense at the dawn of the 20th century.
Another great read in the soap-opera life of Francesca Cahill. Not great literature but a fun read.
I am so attached to the characters in this series. I can only hope that the series continues.
Good mystery with interesting secondary characters. it is best to read this series in order.
I enjoyed reading it. It wasn't hard to follow.There were a few fillers though.
Interesting stories. They are a good way to pass an afternoon.
Must read the previous books in the series first.
Harry Kloss
Read it for a book club, deadly boring.
fun crime/mystery trilogy
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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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“The moment I first met you, I knew you were the most unique woman I had ever encountered."
She began to smile and opened her mouth to comment.
He touched a finger to her lips. "Let me speak."
She nodded, biting down hard to restrain herself.
His navy eyes, flecked with gold, wandered over her face. "I knew that the bluestocking had an amazing intellect, the sleuth more courage and determination than any one individual had a right to bear, and the romantic more hope and faith than any one man could possibly deserve. I knew you were as eccentric as myself, if not more so. And I knew that all of these aliases shielded a woman of extreme passion. I knew all of this, Francesca, immediately, and shortly after, I knew you were the right woman for me." He smiled a little at her. "I knew, somehow, thoroughly and completely, that we would suit beyond all expectation."
She was finding it difficult to breathe. Was Hart really admitting all of this?
"But there was one thing I did not know," he said softly, cupping her face in his hands. His eyes were shining with emotion-with tears.
"What?" she managed to say, her heart beating madly. Her own emotion seemed to be chocking her.
"I didn't know that I was falling in love with you," he said, his gaze holding hers.”
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