Mortal Fire (The Secret of the Journal) by C.F. Dunn
About the Book
Twenty-nine-year-old, independent, and self-assured Cambridge history professor Emma D'Eresby has one obsession in life: the curious journal of a seventeenth-century Englishman, a portion of which was left to her by her late grandfather.
When an unexpected opportunity to study the journal in its entirety presents itself, Emma finds herself leaving Cambridge to take up a year-long position at a prestigious university in Maine. Anticipating a quiet year of research, Emma quickly discovers her work impeded by a range of unforeseen complications. From the start, there is the well-intentioned matchmaking of her vivacious Russian colleague, Elena Smalova, and the unexpected jailing of one of her post-graduate students. More troublesome, however, are the unsolved, brutal night attacks on women near the university and Emma's suspicion that they might be linked to the sinister English professor, Kort Staahl. But, most diverting and disconcerting of all, is Emma's growing attraction to the strikingly handsome Dr. Matthew Lyons, whose kind but deliberately distant demeanor puzzles her.
Suspense and dread mount when Kort begins to take a persistent and unsettling interest in Emma. What are Kort's intentions, and what is he capable of? And the mystery surrounding Matthew only deepens when Emma discovers a link between him and the journal. What is Matthew trying to hide?
You can read the first chapter of Mortal Fire here.
Mortal Fire is a story filled with intrigue, mystery and suspense. Emma D'Eresby from the UK travels to the US, specifically rural Maine to teach Medieval and Early Modern History.
Emma is researching a very old 17th century journal and soon is wrapped in a spine-tingling adventure!
There are twists and turns throughout this tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat and wondering what will happen next. There are some unexpected events that occur during the research of the journal, personal attacks on Emma, a romance that develops between her and another professor. The story is full of the unexpected.
If you love suspense you will love this book!
Be sure to visit C.F. Dunn’s website here.
disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Kregel in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own. I was not required to give a positive review.