Review: India Black and the Rajah's Ruby + eBook Giveaway

India Black and the Rajah's Ruby
by Carol Carr 

Publication Date: December 31, 2012 
Publisher: Berkley 
Format: eBook; 306KB 
Genre: Historical/Mystery 
Source: Author 

Reviewed by: Colleen Turner 
Rating: 4/5 

So just how did India Black, madam and sometimes British spy, come by the funds to purchase Lotus House, her elegant and high end brothel? Well, she’d be happy to tell you…. 

When Philip Barrett, one of India’s regular clients at Mother Moore’s brothel, invites her on an excursion, the sassy, witty tart can’t resist. Always drawn to adventure, the idea of a weekend in the country posing as Philip’s blushing bride while he attempts to close a deal with a brash, rich American sounds like a delightful diversion. The promised spoils if Philip closes the deal aren’t bad either. 

Eyes wide open, India soon gets the feeling everything, and everyone, isn’t as it first appears at the small gathering in Devon. When a valuable jewel, the Rajah’s Ruby, disappears, along with Philip, India is left behind to try and pick up the pieces. But India is smarter than any of them imagine, and the fun is just beginning… 

India Black and the Rajah’s Ruby is my first introduction to the enigmatic and quick-witted India Black and I am so glad I started with this fun and exciting short story! A prequel to the India Black series, this is a fast read that has India telling how she acquired the funds to open her own brothel, Lotus House, and highlights just how sharp and worldly this beautiful character can be. Never one to fall for a handsome face, India is able to solve the mystery of the missing ruby even before it truly is a mystery and is able to spin this to her advantage. Who wouldn’t love a character like that?

India’s expressions and snarky comments throughout the story are just delightful and her straightforward manner makes her a character to be reckoned with. The fact that she weaves in a sexy, saucy attitude in with her astute mind makes her all the more enjoyable. I am really excited to go back and read the book series from the beginning as India Black is already a character I love. I can’t wait to see how she becomes a spy and how her various innate abilities will work for her in this new line of work. Already knowing India, I am sure it will be a romping adventure!


Passages to the Past is giving away one eBook of India Black and the Rajah's Ruby!  

The winner will be gifted with the eBook for their Nook or Kindle.  To enter the giveaway, please see the Rafflecopter entry form below.

Giveaway ends on January 28th.  Good luck!

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  1. I'm fascinated - please feed my Nook!

  2. I've long wanted to read a book in this series. Thnx for the chance to win one.


  3. Sounds like a fascinating character. Thanks

  4. thank you for the giveaway!!!
    so enjoyed the 1st book in this series!!!!
    cannot wait to read this one!!!

  5. This looks delightful - thank you!

  6. I really enjoy this series, but haven't read this yet.

  7. India sounds like MY kind of heroine! I love a character with spice and sass. The plot synopsis promises to lead the reader on a fun ride. I cannot wait to read it!

  8. This heroine sounds like my kida gal! I'd love to read this! Great review Colleen!

  9. Have had my eye on this series for a while but haven't had the chance to read them. This would be a great place to start!

  10. Your review was very helpful thank you. I don't mind a touch of snark.

  11. I've been a long time fan of India and am so excited to have another installment of her story available! Thank you for the giveaway!!

  12. This is a brilliant contest...I love India, looking so forward to reading it, whether I win or not. :)

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  13. My Nook needs more books!
    Cheli's Shelves


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