“We thought we were close, no secrets between us. We understand you’re under a great deal of strain with your uncle’s death. But this?”
Katherine took a breath, then began to get angry. “I clearly have no idea what the three of you are talking about. I do not keep secrets from you, just as you do not keep them from me.”
Effie got to her feet so quickly Katherine stepped back. Her friend handed her the London Gazette, a circle drawn around an article.
She took the newspaper and read the noted item.
“The very eligible and handsome Lord Wallace, 4th Duke of Blackhall, is finally off the market. He’s made his vow. Does Lady Ivy-Rose T. even know she snagged the wealthiest and handsomest man in London? And does Lady RH realize she’s missed her opportunity? This should be something to watch unfold. All the best to the happy (?) couple. No matter who becomes the next Duchess of Blackhall.”
Katherine slowly sank down into the chair. Her friends looked at each other than at her.
“You’re the only Lady Ivy-Rose T. we know. And Lord Wallace is mentioned.”
“Hush,” Hattie snapped and elbowed Effie. “Eat a biscuit.”
Katherine re-read the article a second, then a third time. Who is Lady RH? Did someone else have his heart? Her breath came in spurts.
“Are you all right? You haven’t said a word.” Anna knelt next to her.
Katherine clenched her hands, her fingernails digging into her palms. She turned and stared at her close friend.
Anna studied Katherine’s face.
“You had no idea, did you?” Anna’s voice faded to a hushed silence. Her expression changed from hurt to horror.

The Lady and Her Duke – Book 3 of The Ladies of Sommer-by-the-Sea

Could she use her skills as a lockpick to crack open the secrets to the murder as well as unlock his heart?

Lady Katherine Thornton has no interest in men after an indiscretion at her disastrous Season in London. No man can be trusted. Instead, she indulges in her fascination for gears and all things mechanical. Her unique drafting skill is an asset to her uncle Bennett Sutton, who is automating his textile factory. She doesn’t need anything else.

Lord Ian Wallace, the 4th Duke of Blackhall, is a retired military officer. An accidental duke after the deaths of his father and brother, he retreats from society and the clawing mothers and debutantes who stalk him. He’s focused all his energy on his partnership with Sutton. He’s satisfied and needs nothing else.

An oath to marry, a family legend to preserve, an uprising of the factory workers, and Sutton’s murder, throw Katherine and Wallace together to find a blackmailer and murderer. They also will find two things neither knew they were missing… each other and their happily ever after.

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