Maestro's music creates mindless puppets, who commit crimes at his command. To lure the sinister jewel thief out of hiding, Pinkerton Agent Sadie Michelson poses as a wealthy widow.
Fearing for her safety, William "Cass" Cassidy, her hotheaded lover, hatches his own plot to end Maestro's killing spree. But his daring gamble backfires and costs him Sadie's trust.
Now Cass is on the run, hunted by Maestro and the Pinkertons. Torn between her mission and her gunslinging lover, Sadie must stop Cass's showdown with Maestro, or she'll lose her badge—and her man.
LADY LAW & THE GUNSLINGER, in series order Devil in Texas Dance to the Devil's Tune Devil Plays With Fire
VELVET LIES, in series order Scoundrel for Hire His Wicked Dream Seduced by an Angel
WILD TEXAS NIGHTS in series order: Texas Outlaw Texas Lover Texas Wildcat
Midwest Book Review By D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer
Dance to the Devil's Tune Adrienne deWolfe ePublishing Works eBook: 978-1-61417-992-4 $4.99 Print: 978-1-61417-888-0 $16.99 https://ebookdiscovery.leadpages.net/adriennedewolfe/
Dance to the Devil's Tune is the second book in the historical Western romantic suspense series, 'Lady Law and the Gunslinger'. The story is a lively sequel that continues the dance between Pinkerton Agent Sadie Michelson and her ex-outlaw lover, William “Cass” Cassidy.
Sadie is hot on the trail of the jewel thief and deadly perp, Maestro, who uses music to transform his victims into thieves and murderers, who follow his command. This is rather heady super-science for a Western novel: it brings to mind the satisfying feel of the TV classic, The Wild, Wild West. The descriptions of these puppet perps are very well done and bring the story to life. ("One hour ago, she’d had a name. A conscience. A keen intellect and the heartfelt desire to save the world. But all that had changed the moment the clock chimed the midnight hour, and the music box with the enamel peacock began to play. Now she was staring blankly at her reflection. The mirror hung in the master bedroom of the silver-mining tycoon she'd come to rob.")
Sadie is a savvy, raunchy, determined character. Her latest undercover assignment, as a widowed Italian contessa, attracts more than the intended killer. ("By accepting this mission, she'd also had to accept that her emerald bait would attract opportunistic riffraff."). Her evolving challenges on both a personal and professional level test her determination to rid the world of an especially evil and cunning opponent. But her lover, Cass, complicates matters when he seemingly goes rogue, hatching his own plot to send Maestro to the gallows.
A host of supporting characters adds their own special flavor to this spicy read: a rascally baker, who fences stolen gems; a comical octogenarian, who talks to spooks; an ambitious Italian opera diva, who threatens Sadie’s cover; and a mischievous raccoon, who adds levity by complicating Sadie’s mission.
Maestro's relentless pursuits, which include disposing of witnesses, bring Sadie her greatest challenges. The ever-rising tension will drive readers to the edges of their seats. This winding, gripping Western moves in satisfyingly unexpected directions in a style that few genre reads can equal.
The result is not your typical Western, not your typical romance, and definitely not your typical detective story. Think Wild Wild West with a spicy heroine. Dance to the Devil's Tune is a special, highly recommended, genre-busting adventure.
About the author
Bestselling author, Adrienne deWolfe, is a professional journalist, publicist, and fiction teacher, who calls Austin, Texas, home. Recipient of 48 writing awards, including the Best Historical Romance of the Year, Adrienne loves to mentor aspiring authors at WritingNovelsThatSell.com.
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