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Deadly Pleasure Mass Market Paperback – Mar 2002

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 359 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312977689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312977689
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.5 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,746,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 April 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the second installment of Brenda Joyce Deadly series. I have not read the first one and I still liked this one enough to order no three. Francesca -our heroine- wants to be a "Crime-solver Extraordininarie" in New York 1902, an ambition that is not well received by her high society family.
The action is fastpace enough to keep the pages turning, the love story better than in other books by this author. This series seems to be inspired by J.D Robbs "In Death" series. It does not promise to be as good - but certainly good enough. I liked it - and the series form certainly gives the author more opportunity to let the love story unfold at it's own pace.
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Decent delivery and great price.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful "Deadly" Series by Brenda Joyce 1 April 2002
By Lilly Rabalais - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Brenda Joyce's ongoing "Deadly" Series is wonderful. Francesca Cahill and Rick Bragg work wonderfully together and are falling in love with each other though Rick is married. His wife has been in Europe for 4 years and he is supporting her. The first in the series was Deadly Love, then Deadly Pleasure, and now Deadly Affairs. Deadly Desire will follow in May 2002. Other interesting characters are Connie (Fran's sister) and Neil, her husband, Calder (Rick's half brother), Evan (Fran's brother) who is engaged to Sarah and neither are happy with this engagement,
Maggie (Joel's mother and Fran's assistant). You will enjoy the crime solving by Francesca who is not like most young ladies of wealth in the 1902s. Read the books in order. You'll enjoy the suspense and the developing relationship between Rick and Fran.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Too Quick to Judge 10 May 2002
By Alana Fraddosio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been reading all the reviews to the Deadly Series and I am disappointed in what people say. This series was not written so that the end of each book was the end of the entire series. Also the time frame in which the books occur is only two weeks per book, so the pace in alot slower than it would be if it was just one book. The second aspect is that the characters continue to grow and develope in the next two books. I have read the enitre series and thought it was some great work by Brenda Joyce. The Deadly Series did not start off as a romance series, but more of a historical mystery/suspense series, the romance begins to develope in the end of Deadly Love and continued on into Deadly Pleasure. Each book was better than the next in my opinion. In the fourth book, Deadly Desire, the relationship between the characters have heated up considerably. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not Really a Romance 3 Aug. 2004
By Karen Mercury - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I wanted to read this for the fresh setting and time--New York, 1902. Joyce does a fantastic job of making me see the surroundings, furnishings, sounds and smells. However, halfway through the book something hit me: The [...]the heroine embarrasses herself by continually throwing herself at him. He's told her at least five times in no uncertain terms there can be nothing between them. To my mind, that leaves romance out of the picture.

The dialogue is distracting. Nobody speaks in contractions. It's always "I do not think. I will be going. I hope you are not intending. You do not mean that!" Some other irritating character quirks, such as Francesca constantly "gasping" and in one 3-page scene she wet her lips four times. Why even once, I don't know.

I appreciate the picture she paints of that period in NY history. It's colorful and glamorous to read about. But I agree with other readers that Calder Hart would've made a better "hero" instead of that surly, nasty stiff, Bragg.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful!! 23 Jan. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have loved this series by Brenda Joyce - and am so "wrapped up" in the love stories entertwined in the books. I am anxious to see the turmoils overcome, the love that is evident to be able to be shared - and I suppose live happy and wonderful "storybook lives" - but also to see the crime stories and their solving to continue.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
subplots and minor characters were more interesting 7 Mar. 2002
By tregatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a novel that works if you're a fan of Brenda Joyce's and the characters that she creates. If you liked the first book in this series, "Deadly Love," and the heroine, Francesca Cahill, and are incredibly curious as to what's going on in her family, and just how smoothly her romance with New York City's new police commissioner, Rick Bragg, is going than "Deadly Pleasure" will be an enjoyable and engrossing read. If however, you are a hard-core mystery fan, this novel may be a bit of a letdown, as this novel (unlike "Deadly Love") pays more attention to the characters and the various secondary subplots than it does to the murder mystery at hand. Subplots like that involving Francesca's elder sister, Connie, and the crisis that her marriage is currently facing; and the doomed from the start engagement involving Francesca's gambling addicted brother, Evan, and his plain but extremely talented fiance, Sarah; and subplots like that of Francesca's fraught with stumbling blocks romance with police commissioner Rick Bragg, and Bragg's difficult and acrimonious relationship with his half-brother, Calder Hart... The subplot dealing with who murdered retired businessman Paul Randall, and why was sometines in danger of being totally hijacked by the other 'non-mystery' subplots!
I'll admit I was also disappointed by the manner in which Brenda Joyce depicted Francesca as a detective. Francesca not so much discovers clues and arrives at deductions, as falls from one embarrassing situation into another. And almost with every "cute" situation she found herself in, Bragg was at hand to discover her -- whether it was eavesdropping behind the door, or under a bed -- thus adding to the 'erotic' quota of the book, I suppose. Also, given that Francesca was presented as an intelligent and astute young woman (in "Deadly Love" at least), she seemed to have picked up the alarming habit of blurting out what ever was on her mind at the moment like a bubbleheaded little twit! Discretion seems to be a quality that she has decided to do without!
I can only hope that with the next book in this series, Francesca grows and becomes again the young woman she was at the beginning of "Deadly Love.".
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