Bespectacled Miss Ivy Wareham is far more comfortable discussing the details of ancient Greek literature than the latest fashion. Ivy is ecstatic over the independence her new inheritance offers her, but on her journey south she jencounters a dangerously handsome stranger who stands in the way of Ivy's opportunity. Torquil Beauchamp, Marquess of Kerr, refuses to allow his aunt's property to be passed along to a group of bluestockings. But Quill's plan changes when it's revealed his aunt may have been murdered, and he is forced to team up with Ivy to solve the mystery. As the two grow closer while solving the case, Ivy's life is put in jeopardy. To save the woman he loves, Quill will stop at nothing to protect her - even if it means risking his own life in the process.
Manda Collins is the author of several books, including Good Earl Gone Bad and A Good Rake is Hard to Find. She spent her teen years wishing she'd been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. When she's not writing, she's helping other people use books, as an academic librarian.