A hearty welcome back to fellow Love Historicals author, Christy Carlyle.
Happy to be back, Anna.
If you lived in London, England in 1888 and read the newspapers of the time, you would have drawn near to death, for death was the news of the day. In particular the newspapers chronicled the grisly murders of several women who lived and worked as prostitutes in London’s poverty-stricken and overcrowded East End. Someone sent letters to the police and news agencies claiming to be the culprit and signed their letters as Jack the Ripper. The name stuck, though the perpetrator of the crimes has never been formally identified.
For years Ripperologists have posited various suspects as the true culprit—everyone from an American quack doctor, to an English artist, to Queen Victoria’s own physician-in-ordinary, Sir William Gull. Most recently, one scientist claimed to have made a DNA match to one of the suspects from traces left on a shawl found next to one of the victims. However, the scientist’s findings have been challenged, and the question of who committed the crimes remains a perpetually unsolved mystery.
Seems a rather morbid background for a romance series, doesn’t it? Yet my rationale for writing my Whitechapel Wagers series was that, even in such dire circumstances, couples met and fell in love. They may have struggled for their livelihoods, but they also experienced the emotional upheaval of attraction, passion, and romance.
The deaths of Jack the Ripper’s victims and the notion of a madman hunting for his next victim in the streets of London infused the autumn months of 1888 with a frisson of fear and anxiety. I wanted to capture this tension in my stories, yet I also wanted my characters to respond to the challenges in their own lives and the unexpected blessing of meeting each other.
There will eventually be six books in the Whitechapel Wagers series, and though some characters are interconnected, each story can be read on its own. All of the stories feature characters that live or work or have some reason to spend part of their time in Whitechapel. My heroes range from detectives to a thief to a journalist bent on solving the Ripper mystery, and my heroines are busy too, whether as a teacher, a nurse, or a lady journalist.
In the first book of the series, Scandalous Wager, a short novella, Whitechapel teacher Elizabeth Ainsworth harbors feelings for Detective Inspector Ian Reed and offers to strike a scandalous bargain with him.
Wanton Wager, a longer novella, features probationary nurse Ada Hamilton, who works at Samaritan Hospital in Whitechapel. When her sister goes missing and Afghan War veteran William Selsby shows up on her doorstep with questionable motives, Ada engages his assistance and comes to see the man beyond his wounds.
In my newest release, Reckless Wager, Kate Guthrie, a long time widow with secrets in her past, seeks the help of Whitechapel Detective Inspector Benjamin Quinn. Although Ben has been suspended from the Metropolitan Police due to an incident with a Ripper suspect, he can’t resist the beautiful widow. Kate intrigues him, despite how much he wishes to guard his heart and stifle his desire for her.
To learn more about the Whitechapel Wagers series, find out what’s coming next, or connect with me on social media, visit my website at www.christycarlyle.com.
Thank you for having me, Anna!
Thanks to you, Christy. Stunning covers! (She designs her own!)
Christy Carlyle writes sensual, and sometimes downright steamy, historical romance, usually set in the Victorian era or Regency period. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines that are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there is nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with her die-hard belief in happy endings.
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