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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Love and Pursuit: Three Jazz Age Tales of Crime and Passion is a collection of romantic suspense novellas written by C.K. Charlotte. Ivy Smythe had had to break down well-established barriers to become one of the first women barristers in England. She was thrilled to be her father’s legal partner, but everything she wanted to be as a barrister rebelled at the request he was making of her. Representing the Honorable Bryan Henderson, who was a suspect in the dismemberment of a young woman’s body found on his family’s estate, went against everything she had planned, but she did realize that pro bono work did not pay the bills and that everyone, even the privileged, deserved representation. To make matters worse, Henderson refused to take her seriously and wouldn’t even speak to her about the case. Still, the straitlaced young woman couldn’t resist gazing at her new client -- he was unutterably gorgeous.
C.K. Charlotte’s romantic suspense novellas, Love and Pursuit: Three Jazz Age Tales of Crime and Passion, give the reader a glimpse into the gilded age where bright young people caroused at all hours, and privilege seemed to guarantee everything -- except that is, when a young woman is found murdered on the estate grounds of an aristocratic family. I enjoyed watching as Ivy Smythe relaxes her single-minded focus on her career path and gradually becomes involved with her handsome client. Charlotte’s work really shines, however, as an historical legal thriller. I’m a big fan of police procedurals and legal thrillers, and while the human interest elements of these tales are enjoyable, the underlying mysteries in the setting of the Jazz Age are well-crafted and fun to puzzle over. Charlotte’s own considerable legal background gives these novellas an authenticity that’s hard to beat. Love and Pursuit: Three Jazz Age Tales of Crime and Passion is most highly recommended.