S. K. Rizzolo's ""The Rose in the Wheel"" is a wonderful historical mystery. She brings to life the seamy side of London in the time of the Napoleonic wars, with fascinating characters a gritty setting and surprising plot twists. Penelope Wolfe is a woman of her own time, coping with problems that women of all times must face. I felt an immediate kinship with her. Each of the other characters is distinct. Even people passing in the street become individuals in Rizzolo's skillful telling.""The Rose in the Wheel"" is an excellent beginning to what I hope will be a long series. I can't wait for the next.--Sharan Newman, author of the Catherine LeVendeur mysteries
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From the Back Cover
London, November 1811
The clatter of wheels broke the stillness. Two horses strained in harness, nostrils flaring, breath steaming in the night air. Wrapped in a greatcoat and low-crowned hat, the driver rode hunched over, face hidden by his scarf. A gloved hand cracked the whip. Faster.
The woman lying in the road seemed unaware of her peril. She kept her eyes fixed on the church rising against the night sky. As the mists parted, the rose window emerged, a circle of textured shadow patiently awaiting the sun's fire.
The horses reared, and...
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