Upon learning that she has been falsely accused of plagiarism, the normally mild-mannered Charlotte Brontë sets off for London to clear her name. But when she unintentionally witnesses a murder, Charlotte finds herself embroiled in a dangerous chain of events that forces her to confront demons from her past. With the clandestine aid of the other Brontë sisters, Emily and Anne, and of the suspiciously well-informed but irresistibly attractive brother of the victim, Charlotte works to unravel a deadly web of intrigue that threatens not only her own safety but that of her family and her country. As the adventure leads her from the peaceful Yorkshire moors to the crime-infested streets of London to the opium-clouded ports of Canton in China, Rowland's Charlotte lures readers into a fast-paced and vividly imagined romp through Victorian history.
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"Rowland tells a thrilling story, but the details are too far-fetched to be believed. Recommended only where demand warrants." - Library Journal.
"[An] enchanting historical ... Brontë fans will delight in Rowland's portrait of Charlotte, who closely parallels Jane both in personality and station." - Publishers Weekly.
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Laura Joh Rowland is the daughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants. best known for her series of historical mystery novels set in the late days of feudal Japan, mostly in Edo during the late 17th century. Her main protagonist is Sano Ichiro.
She grew up in Michigan and was educated at the University of Michigan, where she graduated with a B.S. in Microbiology and a Masters in Public Health. She lives in New Orleans with her husband, Marty, and their three cats. She has authored of 18 books featuring the samurai detective Sano Ichiro, as well as several fictional novels featuring the adventures of Charlotte Bronte.
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