The year is 1892, and Rosey Rydall is a check in girl at THE ALBION, a moderate class hotel on Carlyle Street.
In addition to her duties at the hotel, Rosey also runs an informal body selling business with the town coroner, Anton Larsen.
Rosey has many admirers, and two men are vying for her attention. One is Anton Larsen, her partner in crime and a man of quality. The other is Marty Burke, a much married, admired police officer who waits for the death of his chronically ill wife.
Rosey also has a strong, loving, and trusting relationship with Thaddeus Anderton, the owner of THE ALBION and several other hotels in the area, including a highly successful clandestine speakeasy operating out of the basement of THE ALBION. It is a mutually beneficial relationship.
As Rosey grows closer to Anton and anticipates a future with him, Marty’s wife finally dies. Marty then tells Rosey in no uncertain terms, that if she does not wed him, he will not only bring her down for her shady dealings, he will also bring down Anton and Thaddeus along with her. Now threatened by a man she is growing to despise, Rosey must take bold and decisive actions to rid herself of Marty Burke, and protect those she loves.
ROSEY RED WITH BLOOD ON HER HANDS is an excellent introduction to THE ALBION series. It is a decadent peek into the Victorian era, and the little-known speakeasies which were popular during this time. ROSEY RED WITH BLOOD ON HER HANDS is not only well written, it is sexy enough to make you blush. It is written without a lot of old style language or the stuffiness that comes along with this particular era. The character of Lily Rydall, Rosey’s beloved little sister, nearly steals the show. I truly look forward to the next book in this historical series, and I recommend it. It is unlike any historical you’ll read this year.
One man's death will change everything.
The year is 1892. Rosey Rydall is a fiercely independent and entrepreneurial woman of the time. Check-in girl at The Albion Hotel is only one of her jobs. In the background, she runs an informal body selling business with the town coroner, Anton Larsen. She also is a trusted friend and confidante of wealthy hotel mogul, Thaddeus Anderton. A friendship that is both loving and beneficial for Rosey.
Two men love Rosey.
She haunts the dreams and existence of Marty Burke, a much married, decorated and respected police officer who looks the other way from Rosey’s business, as well as the night time activities occurring in the basement of The Albion.
The other is her partner is crime, Doctor Anton Larsen, a man of true quality who loves the dark and dangerous as much as Rosey.
When Marty’s wife dies, and he turns his attention to Rosey, she spurns his attempts at possessing her. In turn, he threatens everything and everyone Rosey loves. She must now take bold and decisive action to rid herself of Marty, or risk the lives of those who mean the most to her.