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Frail Blood (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jo Robertson

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4 1/2 star Romantic Times Review Rating

"Robertson delivers a suspenseful tale of murder, sex, and deception."

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This outstanding manuscript begins in 1909 northern California, where Alma Bentley has murdered her boss and lover, Joe Machado. Enter the famed attorney, Malachi Rivers, who must defend this uneducated, naïve and clearly guilty woman. The trial is watched carefully by Emma Knight, an heiress who is determined to make her own way as a newspaperwoman and to whom Alma has confided the truth behind the murder. As love grows between Emma and Malachi, the two become partners in their efforts to save Alma from herself and from the biased hand of the law. The trial unfolds while the truth behind Malachi's family is unveiled, offering up two parallel and engaging mysteries. The characters and setting come to life through effective and creative dialogue, while the trial provides a unrelenting narrative tension. Don't be surprised if you finish it in one sitting.

Book Description:

"Frail Blood" is an historical romantic thriller.

California, 1909. A woman straps a pistol to her ankle, walks to her lover’s home, and shoots him. Her motive? After an affair of four months, he jilted her for another woman.

How would an attorney defend the woman in light of her outright confession? Would an all-male jury view her actions with repulsion or pity?

The climate of California in the early twentieth century when women couldn’t vote and men held the real power, where immense wealth rested alongside poverty, held a paradox of contradictions.

The bare bones of this true California court case sparked the idea for the fictional story of Alma Bentley, attorney Malachi Rivers, and Emma Knight, the woman who helps him investigate the case.

When jaded lawyer Malachi Rivers engages newspaper editor Emma Knight to aid him in the case of Alma Bentley, he has no idea they'll eventually unmask a vile web of family deceit, wickedness, and treachery. Constantly putting herself in harm's way, the feckless Emma uncovers dark secrets that lie behind the wealthy facade of the Joseph Machado clan.

With her strong opinions, Emma tests Malachi's patience even while he's strongly attracted to her. She disagrees with every aspect of his trial strategy, but he defends his client the only way he can – by insisting that a woman, a naturally frail creature, is incapable of committing such a heinous crime.

Emma wants to experience true passion and detests the false notion that women are inferior to men in any way. Even while she confronts Malachi at every turn, she falls ridiculously in love with him.

Readers of historical fiction and mystery/suspense, as well as historical romance, will enjoy the elements at play in this slice of life, fictionalized story of California.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 443 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 368 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1475005911
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : McKay Lewis Publishers (3 mars 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B007GT1LBU
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 history is sexy! 14 mars 2012
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I have loved Jo Robertson's previous books because she really gets to the heart of the thriller genre, which is what I am drawn to. I wasn't sure how I would feel about historical romance, even if it DID have a mystery intertwined. But because I was already a fan of Robertson's books I thought I would try out this genre for the first time. This book really surprised me. I am always impressed by Robertson's talent for dialogue and she does NOT disappoint in this novel at all. It is even more impressive that she can capture the language of this particular era so authentically. There is wonderful chemistry between the two main characters. I LOVE the heroine, Emma. She is sassy and tenacious, yet a bit naive and vulnerable which makes her very relatable. And Malichi is just plain hot! I love the balance between the mystery unfolding with Alma (accused of murder) and the romance between Emma and Malichi. And the twist at the end was awesome! This is another great novel by Jo Robertson.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not enough research 18 juillet 2012
Par Book Junkie - Publié sur
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I liked this book. I do have a problem with it being called Historical Fiction. The author uses words and phrases that just would not have been in use at the time. I don't think she does enough research as to use references to things in any of her historical novels. Am on the 2nd and at the start of chapter 2 there was already a major error as to the time frame. That being said, again, I liked the book just had to make myself think of it more in terms of a different time frame. Will definitely have to do it with the 2nd Historical Fiction book.
Please do more research about the time frame of your novels. Other than that, enjoyable read and I have read other novels of hers and they are good.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 FAB U Lous! 26 mars 2012
Par J. P. Adams - Publié sur
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I already love Jo Robertson's books, including the Watcher, The Traitor and the Avenger, but THIS is even better. This story is gripping and reminds me strongly of To Kill A Mockingbird. Wonderful characterization and dialogue, pacing is fast and the read is fab. Two Thumbs UP!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Left me wanting more 11 mai 2012
Par Tiffany Jill - Publié sur
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I picked this up when it was offered free on my Kindle and I'm really glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, and the sub-plot (although both were neck-in-neck on importance), and the characters were well written and engaging. I liked how the author danced between the strength potential of women and the natural softness of femininity. It was a nice balance, and rather refreshing. I was truly sad when it ended because I wanted to follow Malachi and Emma further on their journey into a deeper relationship. I won't hesitate to pick up another novel by Robertson.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Suspenseful Thriller from the Late Victorian Era 3 avril 2012
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I have to admit I had great difficulty putting down Jo Robertson's "Frail Blood". So much so, I found myself at 4 AM trying desperately to stay awake so I could finish the darn book, to no avail. I LOVED this book! Set in northern California in the early 20th Century, this fast moving, never dull thriller kept me guessing until the very last chapter. The beautiful, strong willed heroine, Emma Knight, is a woman ahead of her time. While those around her cling to the stifling and restrictive customs of the Victorian era, Emma is a champion of the growing women's rights and women's suffrage movements, in spite of very loud objections from her parents and gossip and criticism from those around her. Armed with a degree from Wellesley, and with the assistance of her uncle and partner, Stephen Knight, she is publisher of the local newspaper and its only reporter. In this capacity, while covering a sensational murder trial, she meets the handsome and provocative defense attorney, Malachi Rivers. Of course they detest one another on sight. And - of course - this strong dislike quickly evolves into mutual attraction and then a passionate, rather complicated relationship. And - of course - they work together to solve what evolves into a very complicated murder. What impressed me most about this book is that it was so true to its time. The language, customs and the interaction between the different classes seemed so genuine, and class was of utmost importance in this era. I sincerely hope the author is planning a sequel!
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