Jennifer St. Giles
Cassie’s family is slightly more than average. She and her sisters all have a touch of psychic knowing. Cassie knows her dreams are a portent of death, so when she has a dream concerning her favorite cousin, Mary, she is more than a little worried. Receiving word that her worst fears are confirmed, she and her sisters strike off for the Cornish coast where it is believed Mary drowned. Finding no answers from the local authorities, Mary takes a job as a maid with Mary’s last employer, the Killdaren’s. Rumors abound about the titled and wealthy Killdarens. This is not the first questionable death tied to that family. If what Cassie feels is correct, Mary’s death was murder most foul.
Midnight Secrets is a gothic romance in the truest sense of the word. The settings are dark and gloomy. A pervasive feeling of tension and unease coats every passage. There are questionable deaths, ancient curses, talk of vampires, and of course the dark and brooding hero, Sean Killdaren. I really enjoyed this book as a change of pace. The story moved quickly and the plot was never so obvious as to become boring. The heroine, Cassie, was quite the little feminist for her time, already an etiquette columnist, she goes about solving the mystery in the finest traditions of great investigative journalists. Cassie’s time spent as a servant was amusing, as was her pining for a bath to wash more than once a season. Watching her discover the life of the common folk was very entertaining. The romance between Sean and Cassie was sweet and pl ayed well against the rest of the plot. The cast of supporting players gave the reader lots of speculation as to the villain of the story. This is the perfect read for a cold, rainy night in front of the fire.