Coming November 2019
Laura Penhallow thought she was accepting an invitation for a pleasant house party on a remote island off the coast of Cornwall. It was a chance for her to get to know Galen Amberly and his family better and enjoy the sea air. Laura wasn't sure about Madam Amberly's plans to marry her son off, but she could use a weekend away, doing something to keep busy after her older sister goes off on a belated honeymoon.
Galen knows he needs to step up and help his family. His older brother was badly injured during the Great War, and can't take over running the family's estates and businesses. His mother will keep introducing him to people, and arranging parties on their remote island estate, but at least Laura seems pleasant enough. (And Galen's best friend, Martin, is around to make up the numbers for dinner and Saturday's grand party.)
Laura and Galen both know how this dance goes, and what is expected of them. When two guests of Galen's father, an American brother and sister, arrive without much warning, none of them are sure what to expect. The plans for the gathering go sideway, forcing the three young people to work together to solve a locked room murder mystery.
In The Cards is a standalone romance of 65,000 words with a happy ending (no cliffhangers). The Mysterious Charm series explores the magical community of the British Isles in the 1920s and can be read in any order. Come to the Isles of Scilly in 1926, for murder, mystery, and romance!