Review: The Adventure of the Incognitia Contessa by Cynthia Ward


It’s the easiest assignment a British intelligence agent could hope for. Lucy Harker needs only see the secret plans of the Nautilus safely across the Atlantic. As German spies are largely a fantasy of newspapers, she anticipates no activities more strenuous than hiding her heritage as Dracula’s dhampir daughter. Then among her fellow Titanic passengers she discovers the incognita Countess Karnstein—and it seems the seductive vampire is in Germany’s service. Can Agent Harker stake Carmilla before her own heart—and her loyalty to the British Empire—are subverted by questions as treacherous as a night-cloaked iceberg?

Cynthia Ward brings us an international mystery in The Adventure of the Incognitia Contessa “Conversation Pieces #53” or should I say inter-galatic? Hmmmmm….

What is supposed to be a simple mission turns very complex for our Lucy on multiple levels and I am surprised this book is not also labeled as “mashup fiction”. There will be characters you have seen or heard of before involved in this case which was a delight for me. 

Ward combines these familiar characters with Lucy, the Countess, and the bad guys which of course may or not include the Countess with seamless storytelling. Of course so and so should be there and lending a hand (laugh). Now you thought I was going to give a spoiler away didn’t you? (laugh). Nope.

There is a surprise romance for Lucy and of course the moral dilemma as to what to do during the story. This is a fade-to-black romance, which is fine as the mystery as to who is actually the bad guy takes precedence.

Then of course the obvious question…does anyone survive the iceberg? Not telling you have to Ward’s Adventure and have just as much fun as I did.

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 4 out of 5.



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Further Details:
Publisher: Aqueduct Press, 161976119X, 2017
Pages: 87
Settings: The Titanic
Sex: PG

Photo credit: Book cover is from Goodreads.
Photo credit for below background images: Google search through Google Presentations.
Synopsis from Amazon.

Editor’s Note: previously published on PRW on 1 March 2020. Edited with updated content & PR standard formatting on 15 March 2020.


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