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Karen Brooks

Biography

Karen Brooks

Australian-born Karen Brooks is the author of nine novels, an academic, a newspaper columnist and social comentator, and has appeared regularly on national TV and radio. Before turning to academia, she was an army officer and dabbled in acting. She lives in Hobart, Tasmania.

Books by Karen Brooks

by Karen Brooks - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Sir Everard Blithman, a canny merchant, offers Rosamund Tomkins --- the illegitimate daughter of a nobleman --- an “opportunity like no other,” becoming the linchpin that will drive the success of his fledgling business: a luxurious London chocolate house where wealthy and well-connected men come to see and be seen. Rosamund adapts and thrives in her new surroundings, quickly becoming the most talked-about woman in society. But she knows nothing of the mortal peril that comes with her new title, nor of the forces spinning a web of conspiracy buried in the past, until she meets a man whose return tightens their grip upon her, threatening to destroy everything she loves and damn her to a dire fate.

by Karen Brooks - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Mallory Bright is the only daughter of London's most ingenious locksmith, and has apprenticed with her father since childhood. After scandal destroys her reputation, Mallory has returned to her father's home and lives almost as a recluse. But Sir Francis Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth's spymaster and a frequent client of Mallory's father, draws her into his world of danger and deception. Mallory's loyalty wavers when she witnesses the brutal and bloody public execution of three Jesuit priests and realizes the human cost of her espionage. And later, when she discovers the identity of a Catholic spy and a conspiracy that threatens the kingdom, she is forced to choose between her country and her heart.