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Deadly Illusions

(Francesca Cahill Deadly #7)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  723 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Irrepressible heiress and intrepid sleuth Francesca Cahill moves from her own elegant world of Fifth Avenue to the teeming underbelly of society, a place of pride, passions...and sometimes deadly perversions.

Despite the misgivings of her fiancé, Calder Hart, Francesca cannot turn away from a threat that is terrorizing the tenement neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. A madman
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Paperback, 377 pages
Published January 25th 2005 by Mira Books (first published 2005)
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BRNTerri
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シ Pen*Cil シ
***4.5/5*** Le meilleur tome de la série jusqu'à présent!

J'adore cette série, j'adore VRAIMENT cette série!

Ce septième tome était excellent. J'y ai tout trouvé: l'intensification de la relation entre Francesca et Calder (très très intense même), l'intrigue principale qui se complique d'une autre, plus privée, les jalousies, les rancœurs, les moments tristes ou gais... Bref, j'ai adoré ce septième tome!

Ce qui change radicalement dans ce 7ème tome est que pour une fois, une enquête secondaire se
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Paganalexandria
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
Shirlene
Francesca Cahill was working on another case. The Slasher had sliced three Irish women's necks with a penknife. Francesca started by looking into the lives of women living in the neighborhood where the attacks had taken place.
The first victims were Francis O'Leary and Kate Sullivan. Francis's husband had left her a couple of years previously and Kate had left her husband. Francesca went to visit Francis and found out that she was recently engaged to Sam Wilson. Francis told Francesca that Thomas
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Blake16
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Clemence D
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dans ce 7ème tome, Francesca va devoir enquêter en compagnie de Rick et calder sur un tueur en série qui menace les Irlandaises du quartier de Manhattan, dont son amie : Maggie Kennedy.


L'histoire se déroule au cours du mois d'Avril 1902, d'ou le langage un peu "vieillot" et soutenu de la cette série. Et c'est justement un des éléments qui fait que j'apprécie autant cette série.

Ça et le personnage de Francesca parce que si elle parvenait à résoudre ses problèmes sentimentaux avec autant de succès
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Brenda Freeman
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this series. Savoring the last few.
Francy
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Da http://leggerefantastico.blogspot.com
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
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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
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La Chronique des Passions
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Quel plaisir de retrouver Mme Cahill après...tant d'années. Il faut dire que ce septième tome je ne l'attendais plus. Vous dire que j'ai l'impression de l'avoir quitté hier serait faux. D'ailleurs, j'avais gardé un très lointain (même s'il était bon) souvenir de cette série. Mais c'était il y a plusieurs années. Et j'ai eu du mal à apprécier le ton de la série tout de suite.
Il faut dire que la romance en générale : son style et ses auteures ont beaucoup
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❥ Azzurra
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
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Floriana Amoruso
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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
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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
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Ns
Feb 09, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Book Review Diva
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
"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
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April
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
Silvia Marcaurelio
New York, 1902. Anche in quei tempi la città era tutt’altro che tranquilla. Il romanzo si apre, infatti, con la scoperta di un omicidio. Una giovane donna è morta con il collo tagliato. Il modus operandi fa pensare ad un serial killer, Il Coltello, che finora si era limitato a ferire, ma ora ha valicato quel limite. A condurre le indagini c’è il commissario di polizia Rick Bragg coadiuvato dall’investigatrice privata, ed ex fidanzata, Francesca Cahill. I sospetti che i due hanno nell’indagare sp ...more
Silvia Liotta
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Özlem
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Serinin en iyi 2 hikayesinden biriydi. Hikayedeki gizem unsuru önceki kitabın hikayesini aratmıyordu. Ayrıca Calder'ın iç dünyasının biraz daha açıldığını görüyoruz. Bunlar haricinde söyleyecek pek bir şeyim yok. Karakterler aynı şekil ilerlemeye devam ediyorlar.

Şikayet edeceğim tek kısmı Gwen'in hikayesi olur. (view spoiler)
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Stacy
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 w
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Jennifer Monzon
Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010


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
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Carole Moran
Apr 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, mystery
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.
Mymyworm
Un tome qui vous tiendra en haleine et ravira les fans des aventures policières et sentimentales de Francesca Cahill !

Ma chronique : http://songedunenuitdete.com/2015/10/...
Patti Ashley
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore this series

The story is fascinating. Daisy was Calder's mistress and she is emotionally fragile. She appeared understanding that Calder has fallen in love with Francesca, but there is a lot going on beneath. Did not skip a page.
Patti Ashley
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Calder is uneasy with Francesca investigating along side his brother. The Slasher is attacking immigrant women and her friends are in his path. I enjoyed Calder learning his way, and Rick showing what a jerk he truly is to francesca.
Alicia
Nov 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Ruby
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quel plaisir de retrouver Francesca et Calder ! Ah la la, Calder Hart ! Quel homme :p !
Hâte de lire le tome 8.
Beverly
Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
Feb 06, 2016 marked it as own-under-diff-title-or-anthology  ·  review of another edition
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