Móirín Donnelly has spent the last five years working in the shadows for the Dread Penny Society, but spending so much of her life in secret is taking a toll on her soul―and her heart.
When members of the Dread Penny Society begin disappearing, Móirín turns to Detective Constable Fitzgerald Parkington for help. The two have developed a friendly rapport, and Móirín feels like she can trust him, though perhaps not with all of her secrets.
Fitzgerald Parkington has a sixth sense when it comes to hunting down criminals, which is why he’s recently been transferred to the Detective Department at Scotland Yard. But when red tape keeps him from tracking down the criminal mastermind known as “The Tempest,” he must rely on the one woman who has unexpectedly captured his heart―the bold and fiery Irish lass, Móirín Donnelly.
Tempest’s deadly reach threatens to overwhelm all of London, Móirín and
Fitz are caught in an elaborate game of cat and mouse that leads down
back alleys, through dark London buildings, and right to the gates of
Kensington Palace. Móirín has one chance to save Fitz and the Dread
Penny Society from the Tempest, and she might have to sacrifice her one
chance at love to do so.
What a wonderful conclusion to the Dread Penny Society series! (I'm assuming it's the conclusion. The author can certainly continue on with these stories if she has more of them.) I remember my shock at the revelations we were given at the end of the last book in this series, and have been very much looking forward to reading this book to see how everything all played out. I was not disappointed. There was a lot going on, but not so much that it became difficult to keep track of what was happening. Plus, we get to see all of our past favorite characters from the other books, something I always enjoy with this author's stories.
As per usual, I also found myself getting caught up in the penny dreadful stories that were included in this book. The Queen and the Knave reminded me a lot of a movie that my mom really enjoyed back when I was a kid - something about one of the characters turning into a hawk during the day (or maybe it was the night. I'm old. Childhood was a long time ago for me!)
I highly recommend this book. I don't know how well it would work as a stand-alone, because I think you miss a lot if you haven't read the previous books in the series. But you won't regret reading all of them.
This was the best book in the series. It tied everything together nicely, and was very action packed. I didn’t want to put it down! Lots of questions were answered and some issues from the past were addressed so people could find their happily ever afters. A very good story with likable, selfless characters.
Title: The Queen and the Knave
Author: Sarah M. Eden
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Published: September 2023
Source: We received review copies from the publisher. All opinions expressed are our own.