Set in the Georgian era, 1780s England, the Lady Anne historical mysteries feature Lady Anne Addison, an intelligent, strong-willed heroine who has met her match in the handsome, strong-willed Tony, Marquess of Darkefell. She investigates murder and supposed paranormal events with a wicked wit and skeptical eye, as she fends off Darkefell and his romantic overtures.


    As attracted to him as she is, she will not let any man run her life, nor tell her what to do! But can she resist, when he is so persuasive, so intelligent, and so very persistent?

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Donna Lea Simpson is like Victoria Holt but with twice the impact! 
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Lady Anne and the Howl In The Dark
Lady Anne Mystery #1

  A fascinating and exasperating young lady…
The Marquess of Darkefell has enough to worry about with a bloodthirsty wild beast rampaging the countryside and sinister family secrets to protect. Then Lady Anne Addison arrives, with unquenchable curiosity and intelligence that drive him to distraction…

  An infuriatingly unyielding man…
Lady Anne finds the marquess darkly handsome, seductive, and forceful, with a ruthless magnetism that challenges and stimulates her. But he seems determined to keep secrets that may threaten both herself and her helpless friend…

  Thrown together in a time of crisis, with a murderer on the loose, the marquess picks an absolutely dreadful moment and the worst possible way to declare his intentions…

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Simpson pulls off the creepy, spine-tingling thrill of the gothic with great flare,
and keeps the reader on her toes with a very intriguing mystery.  - The Romance Studio

Revenge of the Barbary Coast
Lady Anne Mystery #2

  Cornwall, England, 1786
  Fleeing the attentions of the handsome and commanding Marquess of Darkefell, Lady Anne Addison arrives on the doorstep of her dear friend. Seeking nothing but rest and relaxation, she soon finds herself putting her investigative talents to work after a sighting of the Barbary Ghost. Always a skeptic of the supernatural, Anne immediately suspects the apparition is nothing more than a diversionary tactic to conceal smugglers on the beach below her friend’s house.

  When the infuriating – though enticing - marquess follows her to Cornwall, Anne is distracted from her ghost hunt by his alluring kisses, until murder gets her attention. Forced once again to work with the marquess to uncover the truth behind a mystery, she soon discovers that her passionate attraction to him has not abated. Should she run from him again, or give in to temptation?

Includes a sneak peek of the first book in Victoria Hamilton's Vintage Kitchen cozy mystery series: A DEADLY GRIND.

"Ms Simpson has set up a well-drawn Gothic horror setting here, so the atmosphere is fantastic, what with it being chilling, mysterious, and menacing all at once." --Mrs. Giggles... Amazon

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Overall, if you enjoy Agatha Christie, Victoria Holt,
and historical mysteries, this is well worth a read. 
- Alpha Heroes

Curse of the Gypsy
Lady Anne Mystery #3

  Lady Anne Addison is finally home in Kent after her recent adventures in Yorkshire and Cornwall. While at the gypsy camp near her home, Anne sees a man she recognizes as her erstwhile suitor, the gorgeous Marquess of Darkefell. What is he doing sneaking around her property? In Cornwall, she asked for time to consider his proposal, after which they quarreled, yet again. She writes a scathing letter to him and his family, asking the meaning of his surreptitious visit to her home, which brings him to Kent. It was not him skulking around her property, he vows.

  Despite Darkefell’s arrival, Anne is preoccupied with the troubles that plague her family and loved ones. Is it the old gypsy woman’s curse that is making her friends ill, or something far more sinister? Her fate and that of the marquess’s family are now intertwined, as an enemy from the Darkefell estate in Yorkshire takes drastic action that threatens Anne’s beloved brother. One by one, Anne and Darkefell unravel the troubling mysteries, and then travel back to Yorkshire, where their love story began, to finally solve the murder that threatens the very heart of his family.

As they work together, Anne cannot ignore the growing attraction between herself and the marquess. But do they have a love strong enough to carry them beyond their plight and through a lifetime together?

   Includes a sneak peek of the first book in Victoria Hamilton's Vintage Kitchen cozy mystery series: A DEADLY GRIND.

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Donna Lea Simpson also writes mysteries under the pseudonyms of

Victoria Hamilton & Amanda Cooper

  Victoria Hamilton is the pseudonym of nationally bestselling romance author Donna Lea Simpson. She now happily writes about vintage kitchen collecting, muffin baking and dead bodies for Berkley Prime Crime in the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mystery series.

   Besides writing about murder and mayhem, and blogging at Killer Characters, Victoria collects vintage kitchen wares and old cookbooks, as well as teapots and teacups.

  Victoria also writes the Teapot Collector Mysteries as Amanda Cooper! You can find out more about Victoria Hamilton at her website, as well as on Facebook and Pinterest.

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