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Chapter 1 Later, it was said that Berni was the best dressed corpse any of her set had seen in decades. Not that many of them admitted to having lived for much more than a couple of decades, and, what with the wonders of plastic surgery, none of them needed to admit to the exact…(Read More)

Chapter One Have you ever lost someone who meant more to you than your own soul? I did. I lost my wife Pat. It took six long, tortured months for her to die. I had to stand by and watch my beautiful, perfect wife waste away until there was nothing left. It didn’t matter…(Read More)

Chapter One The little village of Moreton was surrounded by a high stone wall, the gray of the stones casting a long, early-morning shadow over the many houses packed inside. Well-worn pathways connected the buildings, radiating out from the central position of the towering church and the tall white town hall. Now, in…(Read More)

Prologue JUDITH REVEDOUNE LOOKED ACROSS THE LEDGER AT HER father. Her mother, Helen, was beside her. Judith felt no fear of the man in spite of all he’d done over the years to make her fear him. His eyes were red with deep circles beneath them. She knew his ravaged face was due to…(Read More)

Chapter One THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND August 1502 Elizabeth Chatworth stood on the very edge of the steep cliff, gazing toward the sea of tall barley grasses. Below her, seemingly tiny men walked with scythes on their shoulders, a few rode horses and one drove a team of oxen. But Elizabeth didn’t really see…(Read More)

Chapter 1 Legend, Colorado “I don’t see why — ” “Please don’t say it again, Jeremy,” his mother said, then had to grab the side of the stagecoach to keep from slamming into the fat, snoring man beside her. Or perhaps beside wasn’t the correct word. Even before the man had fallen asleep he…(Read More)

Chapter One May 1892 Houston Chandler walked the block and a half to her house as sedately as she could manage, halting before a three-story, red brick French Victorian house that the town called the Chandler Mansion. Composing herself, smoothing her hair, she mounted the steps. As she put her parasol in the porcelain…(Read More)

Prologue Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 1892 “Surprise!” eleven people shouted as Blair Chandler entered the dining room of her Uncle Henry’s house. She was a pretty young woman, with dark brown hair highlighted with red glints, wide-set blue-green eyes, a straight, aristocratic nose and a small, perfectly shaped mouth. Blair paused for a…(Read More)

Prologue The tall, lean, dark-haired man left Del Mathison’s office, shutting the door behind him. He stood there, muscles in his jaw working, as if he were contemplating what he’d just heard. After a moment, he left the hallway and went into Mathison’s richly furnished parlor. In that room a man…(Read More)

Chapter One 1766 ALEXANDER Montgomery leaned back in the chair and stretched his long, lean legs across the carpeted floor of the captain’s quarters of The Grand Duchess and watched Nicholas Ivanovitch berate one of the servants. Alex had never seen anyone with quite as much arrogance as this Russian. “I’ll have your…(Read More)