India Black's double life operating a high-class brothel and running high-stakes espionage for Her Majesty's government can take its toll. But there's no rest for the weary—particularly when an international conspiracy comes knocking…

India Black is one of Victorian London's most respected madams—not a bloody postmistress. So when Colonel Francis Mayhew forwards a seemingly innocuous shipping bill to her address, she's puzzled. And when three thugs bust down her door, steal the envelope, and rough up both her and fellow agent French…well, that's enough to make India Black see red.

The veteran spies soon discover that Mayhew has been butchered in his own bedroom. An impromptu investigation leads them to London's docks, where India makes a startling discovery she can’t bear to tell the rakish French—she has a history with their chief suspect, the gentleman thief who once stole her heart…

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When it comes to undercover work, nobody does it better than Madam of Espionage India Black…

India and the handsome British spy, French, are ordered to escort a Russian agent to Paris where he will be exchanged for one of Her Majesty's operatives. The task seems straightforward and India looks forward to enjoying the delights of the city—and the delights of French.

But it isn't long before things go awry and the duo are battling for their lives in the City of Light.

Includes a preview of the Madame of Espionage Mystery, India Black and The Gentleman Thief

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When Sir Archibald Latham of the War Office dies from a heart attack while visiting her brothel, Madam India Black is unexpectedly thrust into a deadly game between Russian and British agents who are seeking the military secrets Latham carried. Blackmailed into recovering the missing documents by the British spy known as French, India finds herself dodging Russian agents—and the attraction she starts to feel for the handsome conspirator.

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Praise for India Black

  • "A breathless ride through Victorian England...You’ll be hooked on this unique mystery from the very first line."

    —Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of Murder on Lexington Avenue

  • "I loved this cheeky romp...India Black, the witty and resourceful young madam of a London brothel is a delightful protagonist."

    —Vicki Lane, author of The Day of Small Things

  • "Expect to stay up late reading this fascinating and at times hilarious novel of espionage and intrigue; you won’t want to put it down."

    —RT Book Reviews

  • "A breakneck romp through Victorian England...Provides plenty of laughter and thrills to keep readers turning pages."

    —Gumshoe Review

  • "Readers will enjoy this impressive debut novel, which provides a colorful portrait of Victorian society as seen through the eyes of a strong, intelligent woman."


  • "This saucy debut is a satisfying amusement, with the happy promise of more to come."

    —Kirkus Reviews

  • "Bone up on your English and Russian history with this witty account of India Black’s escapades. She’s quite a character!"

    —Fresh Fiction

  • "Terrific...Entertaining...A fast-paced Victorian mystery...There are escapes, cross-country chases by coach and by sled, sharpshooting and danger on the high seas."

    —My Reader’s Block

  • "It’s the perfect mix of a great main character, interesting supporting characters, adventure, intrigue and historical setting—combined with a wonderfully descriptive writing style and fast pace."

    —Fluidity of Time

  • "[A] breezy, fast-paced debut."

    —Publishers Weekly

Black is back—Her Majesty’s favorite spy is off to Scotland in this new adventure. When Queen Victoria attends a séance, the spirit of her departed husband, Prince Albert, insists she spend Christmas at their Scottish home in Balmoral. Prime Minister Disraeli suspects that Scottish nationalists plan to assassinate the Queen—and sends the ever resourceful India and the handsome British spy, French, to the Scottish highlands. French will take the high road, looking for a traitor among the guests—and India will take the low road, disguised as a servant in case an assassin is hiding among the household staff. India is certain that someone at Balmoral is determined to make this Her Majesty’s last Christmas...

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Praise for India Black and the Widow of Windsor

  • "Fast, funny and entertaining."

    —RT Book Reviews

  • "Following a strong debut, Carr's Victorian series just gets better."

    —Library Journal (starred review)

  • "Plenty of derring do...close calls and narrow escapes."

    —Mysterious Reviews

  • "A comical treat...a good romp is had by all."

    —Historical Novel Society>

  • "Fans of historical murder mysteries should rejoice at the appearance of a second India Black adventure and the prospect of more - the madam comes highly recommended."

    —Open Letters Monthly

  • "A wicked little romp."

    —Castles and Guns

  • "This series is on my automatic buy list."

    —Paperback Dolls

In Victorian London, India Black has all the attributes a high-class madam needs to run a successful brothel—wit, beauty, and an ability to lie with a smile. Luckily for Her Majesty's Government, all these talents also make her a first-rate spy...

India Black, full-time madam and occasional secret agent, is feeling restless when one of Disraeli's men calls on her to meet the prime minister—alone. Even though all her previous meetings have been organized by the rakishly handsome spy French, it's been decided this is a mission India must attempt on her own.

Revolt has spread across Europe and reached the shores of England—anarchists have begun assassinating lords and earls, one by one. Now India must infiltrate the ranks of the underground group responsible for those attacks, the sinister Dark Legion. To stop their dread plot, India will go from the murkiest slums of London to the highest levels of society, uncovering secrets that threaten her very existence...

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India Black uses her wit and wiles as both a madam and a spy, proving she’s the best there is when it comes to undercover work...

Drawn into intrigue by her lover Philip Barrett, India finds herself being used as a pawn to help him steal a valuable jewel. Turning the tables, she proves that India Black answers to no man, no matter how attractive he may be…

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