Best Amanda DeWees books

Sea of Secrets

Amanda DeWees

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WINNER of the 2012 RONE (Reward Of Novel Excellence) Award in mystery!
Can she save him from the darkness in his soul--or will it destroy them both?


After her brother is killed in the Crimean War, innocent young Oriel Pembroke finds herself alone in the world. Disowned by the cruel father who has always despised her, she has nowhere to turn until she is taken under the wing of a glamorous relative she never knew: the former Duchess of Ellsworth, who has scandalized society by remarrying soon after her first husband's death. At the opulent seaside estate of Ellsmere, Oriel thinks she has found a safe haven--but the darkly handsome young duke, Herron, believes otherwise. Haunted by the death of his father, he suspects that Ellsmere is sheltering a murderer.

Even as Oriel falls in love with the duke, she begins to fear that his grief and suspicion are turning to madness. When dangerous accidents start to befall both Herron and Oriel, however, she realizes that someone may be trying to stop them from discovering the truth about the past. And when someone from her past comes back into her life, she learns that he may hold the answer to the most horrifying secret of all...

Follow Oriel's captivating story as it unfolds in Sea of Secrets and see for yourself why this Victorian romantic suspense novel by Amanda DeWees has been so enthusiastically applauded by fans of traditional gothic romance and clean romance alike. Intelligent and courageous, with a dry sense of humor, Oriel is a heroine wise beyond her years yet inexperienced in the ways of the world. You won't want to miss her thrilling journey through the perils of her new life--and the deadly secrets from the past.

Length: 300 pages  ~  Sensuality level: mild/sweet ~ Bonus content: discussion questions

Categories: Victorian romantic suspense, gothic romance suspense, ghost story, historical mystery, supernatural historical suspense, gothic romance novels, historical gothic romance, historical romance best sellers, historical Victorian romance, clean romance, Victorian romance novels, traditional gothic romance,

With This Curse

Amanda DeWees

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Winner of the 2015 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in historical mystery and suspense! Perfect for fans of Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, and Barbara Michaels.

Can a curse strike twice in a woman's life? In 1854, teenaged chambermaid Clara Crofton was dismissed from Gravesend Hall for having fallen in love with Richard Blackwood, the younger son of the house. Alone in the world, Clara found a tenuous position as a seamstress, but she always blamed the Gravesend curse for the disaster that had befallen her--and for Richard's death soon after in the Crimean War.

A proposal...
Now, more than eighteen years later, Richard's twin, Atticus, seeks out Clara with a strange proposal: if she will marry him and live with him as his wife in name only to ease the mind of his dying father, Atticus will then give her a comfortable income for the rest of her life. Clara knows that he is not disclosing his true motives, but when she runs out of options for an independent life, she has no choice but to become Atticus's wife.

A deception...
For Clara, returning to Gravesend as a bride brings some triumph... but also great unease. Not only must she pretend to be a wellborn lady--and devoted wife to a man whose face is a constant reminder of the love she lost--but ominous portents whisper that her masquerade brings grave danger. "This house will take from you what you most treasure," her mother once warned her. But the curse has already taken the man Clara loved. Will it now demand her life?

Learn how Clara's thrilling story unfolds in With This Curse, an addictive Victorian romantic suspense novel by Amanda DeWees. Readers who enjoyed DeWees's acclaimed historical gothic romance novel Sea of Secrets, as well as those who love Victorian mystery and gothic suspense alike, will be captivated by this strong yet vulnerable heroine and her suspenseful journey through the perils of heartbreak, danger, and love. From the theater world of Victorian London to the austere grandeur of a Cornwall manor house, Clara's adventure takes her into the most dangerous territory of all: her own heart.

Length: 296 pages ~ Sensuality level: mild ~ Includes book club discussion questions

Categories: Victorian historical romance, gothic romance, Victorian mystery, Victorian romantic suspense, historical romantic suspense, mystery, traditional gothic romance, romantic suspense fiction, gothic romance fiction, gothic romance suspense, historical gothic romance, historical mystery, historical romantic suspense, mystery, romantic suspense fiction, sweet historical romance, clean historical romance, clean romance

The Last Serenade (Sybil Ingram Victorian Mysteries) (Volume 2)

Amanda DeWees

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When Sybil takes the stage again, murder plays the leading role.

In September 1873, medium and actress Sybil Ingram is looking forward to her new life as the wife of dashing violinist Roderick Brooke. But their plans for marriage are interrupted by a cry for help from Julia de Lioncourt, Roderick's former lover, who implores him to come to Paris to rescue her from a blackmailer, Danton Fournier.

When they arrive in Paris, the bewitching beauty proposes a daring plan: Sybil will take Julia's place in a new melodrama while Julia, her alibi thus secured, recovers the letters from Fournier's home. Knowing that Roderick still harbors guilt over killing Julia's husband in a duel, Sybil agrees to the plan for his sake--even though it's all too clear that Julia wants Roderick back in her bed. Moreover, the theater seems to harbor a ghostly presence that may foretell disaster for the masquerade.

Catastrophe strikes when Fournier's body is discovered stabbed through the heart. Suddenly Sybil needs an alibi. She must also find a way to prevent suspicion from falling on Roderick as well--while determining whether Julia knows more about Fournier's death than she is admitting. Can Sybil's abilities as a spirit medium help her discover the truth before the real killer stops her?

A delicious blend of supernatural mystery, gothic romance, and romantic comedy, the Sybil Ingram Victorian mysteries are perfect for readers who love Victorian women sleuths like Anna Lee Huber's Lady Darby, Penny Richards's Lilly Long, Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey, and Elizabeth Peters's Amelia Peabody. And be sure not to miss Sybil's previous adventures in Nocturne for a Widow!

Nocturne for a Widow (Sybil Ingram) (Volume 1)

Amanda DeWees

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New Victorian romantic suspense from the author of the acclaimed Sea of Secrets.

Widowed on her wedding night!
Sybil Ingram is at a crossroads. Once she was the toast of the London stage, but now that she's 28 years old--very well, nearly 30--her draw isn't what it used to be, and her theater troupe is foundering. When her trusted mentor asks her to take the blame for his financial misdeeds, Sybil sees no choice but to retire from the life she loves and move to America to marry New York City hotel magnate Alcott Lammle. But her path to happiness is cut short when Lammle dies suddenly--and in financial ruin.

Widowed, nearly penniless, and unable to return to England, the determined diva sets out to stake a claim on Brooke House, an eccentric neo-Gothic manor in the wilds of the Hudson River Valley. She soon finds, however, that a ghostly presence wants her gone. Even worse, her claim is challenged by the most insolent, temperamental, maddeningly gorgeous man she's ever met: Roderick Brooke, a once-famous former violinist whose career ended in a dark scandal.

Soon it's a battle of wills as Sybil matches wits--and trades barbs--with Roderick, finding herself increasingly drawn to him despite her growing suspicion that there is a connection between him and the entity that haunts Brooke House. But an even greater threat arises in the form of the mysterious, powerful queen of local society, Mrs. Lavinia Dove. For reasons that Sybil can't imagine, Mrs. Dove is determined to oust Sybil from her sphere . . . and the lengths to which she will go are chilling indeed.

By turns mysterious and moving, sparkling and spooky, Nocturne for a Widow follows a spirited heroine through adventures in life, love, and death. From the colorful theatrical world of late-Victorian London to the American wilderness, Sybil's travels will test her mettle--and her heart.

Length: 280 pages ~ Sensuality level: mild ~ Available in ebook and paperback

Categories: Victorian era, Victorian romantic suspense, historical fiction, traditional gothic romance, romantic suspense, mystery, historical romantic suspense, romantic comedy, ghost story, Victorian fiction, Victorian mystery, historical romance, Victorian historical romance

As Vital as Blood (Victorian Vampires Book 1)

Amanda DeWees

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"[D]eftly blends classic vampire lore with Gothic romance, mystery, and thrills." --Dacre Stoker, author, great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker

In this novella of about 100 pages, an innocent young Englishwoman who ventures into mysterious Baron Dalca's Romanian castle may lose her life, her soul...or her heart. Don't miss this supernatural twist on the classic gothic romance genre by the author of the Daphne du Maurier Award-winning With This Curse.

It is 1881, and Miss Michael Cargrave is desperate. The death of her bookseller father has left her and her sister in a dire financial state. When she finds a letter from a mysterious foreign aristocrat, Baron Dalca, requesting that her father come work for him, she decides to risk everything by traveling to the Carpathian Mountains and claiming the position herself.

Vasile, Baron Dalca, expected an elderly gentleman scholar. Instead he finds on his doorstep a vibrant, courageous young woman who stirs him in a way that no woman has since the long-ago death of his wife. But for her sake, he can't fall in love. He can bring nothing but danger to Michael Cargrave.

As Vital as Blood is the first in the Victorian Vampires novella series. Be sure not to miss book two, As Strong as Earth, now available!

Cursed Once More

Amanda DeWees

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NEW: The thrilling sequel to With This Curse, winner of the 2015 Daphne du Maurier Award for historical mystery/suspense!

She went in search of her past . . . and found danger in the present.


Former seamstress Clara Blackwood seems to have found happiness at last. Having defied the Gravesend Curse, she is a blissfully married baroness and mistress of a grand estate. But now a mysterious summons shatters her contented life.

Clara grew up believing that her mother's family had disowned them. But the grandmother Clara never knew is now entreating her to visit Thurnley Hall, the family seat in Yorkshire. The old lady is on her deathbed and anxious to disclose vital family secrets before it's too late-for Clara's unborn child may be cursed with a horrible fate.

Accompanied by her devoted husband, Atticus, Clara arrives at Thurnley to find intrigue brewing. Her boorish uncle, Horace Burleigh, is greedy for her wealth and desperate to protect the family's mysteries. Superstitious fear of Atticus torments the hulking Romanian servant, Grigore, and even the soft-spoken young ward, Victor Lynch, may have secret motives for getting close to Clara and her husband.

When her grandmother dies under suspicious circumstances, Clara feels compelled to investigate. And when Atticus vanishes mysteriously, she must draw on all her strength and determination to find him before his time runs out . . . before her life can be cursed once more.

The Shadow and the Rose (The Ash Grove Chronicles Book 1)

Amanda DeWees

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A B.R.A.G. Medallion(TM) honoree!

Book one of the Ash Grove Chronicles.
In the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, Ash Grove High School for the Performing Arts draws the brightest and most talented teens. But beneath the peaceful surface, supernatural forces are at work...


When ordinary high-school junior Joy Sumner visits a graveyard at midnight on a dare, she doesn't expect to end up sharing a kiss with brooding teen model Tanner Lindsey. And she definitely doesn't expect to make an enemy of Tanner's seductive, sinister mentor, the ageless supermodel Melisande--who may not be entirely human--or to find that her sleepy little corner of North Carolina is buzzing with supernatural energy.

But most unexpected of all is when Joy finds out that she's pregnant. And when Tanner's love for her puts his life in danger, will she be able to rescue him--and save their future together? This captivating young adult paranormal romance will leave you eager to dive into the next volume of the Ash Grove Chronicles!

Length: 70,000 words ~ Age level: 15 and up

The Heir of Hawksclaw: A novella of Victorian gothic mystery

Amanda DeWees

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A haunting Victorian gothic mystery from the author of the Daphne du Maurier Award-winning With This Curse!

In this short novella of about 80 pages, when governess Medora Yates sets out for mysterious Hawksclaw House in the dying days of 1856, she has no idea what is in store. Hired to care for her employers’ young son, she arrives in Yorkshire to find the boy too sick to meet her or Gerard Redfern, the new tutor. When surly Mr. Hawksclaw abruptly announces the next day that his son has died, Medora and Redfern know that there is far more to the matter than he is telling them.

Was the child murdered, perhaps even by one of his parents? Or is the story of his death a lie to conceal something else just as sinister? Medora and Redfern decide to investigate, but their task is a difficult one. The boy’s fragile, grieving mother is in no position to help them, and the servants are unwilling to confide in the newcomers, especially Mrs. Hawksclaw’s loyal maid, Constance, whose fate is entangled more closely with that of her employers than anyone knows. Along the way their investigation will unearth dark family secrets, past tragedy, and the true fate of the heir of Hawksclaw... all of which will culminate in an astonishing act of redemption.

Readers who enjoy the Victorian mysteries of Anne Perry and Barbara Michaels, as well as those who have come to love DeWees’s Victorian romantic suspense novels such as With This Curse and Sea of Secrets, will relish The Heir of Hawksclaw.

Christmas at Gravesend: A Sybil Ingram Victorian Mystery Short Story (Sybil Ingram Victorian Mysteries)

Amanda DeWees

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Intrepid Victorian sleuth and medium Sybil Ingram is reunited with an old friend in this heartwarming and slightly spooky Christmas short story. Plus: a bonus Sybil Ingram story is included!

In December 1873, Sybil’s former dressmaker, Clara Graves—now a baroness—invites Sybil and Roderick to celebrate Christmas at Gravesend Hall, notorious for being cursed. Anxious for her old friend, Sybil is quick to accept. Though Clara insists that nothing is wrong, once the revelers are snowbound, there are cries in the night and an eerie phantom lady walking the halls. But though Sybil is ready to come to grips with a ghost, not all is as it seems...and when she and Clara team up to solve the mystery, they find a way to bring a heartbroken young mother the best Christmas gift she could imagine.

Bonus story: In “When Soft Voices Die,” Sybil encounters an unusual ghost in a Hudson River Valley home just after the events of Nocturne for a Widow.

As Strong as Earth (Victorian Vampires Book 2)

Amanda DeWees

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"DeWees is a Gothic voice for the modern age." --Leanna Renee Hieber, award-winning author of Strangely Beautiful and The Eterna Files

Book 2 in the Victorian Vampires novella series by the author of the Daphne Award-winning gothic romance With This Curse.

Just as Ned Alter leaves the British army to marry the lovely Rosamond Cargrave, his father and uncle inform him that he has a new mission--as a vampire hunter. Ever since Ned's grandmother was bitten decades ago, the Alter men have sought revenge. But soon Ned's loyalty is tested by a beautiful woman named Bianca, who claims to be a vampire...and therefore the enemy of his family.

Carefree vampire Bianca had no intention of seducing another woman's fiancé, especially when he's a mortal. Yet she and Ned share a passionate connection. When they are forced into an uneasy alliance to pursue a dangerous vampire foe, can Bianca convince him that she is not his enemy--and that a mortal and a vampire can find happiness together?

A love triangle, revenge, and undying evil collide in this unforgettable vampire yarn of about 100 pages, laced with rich period atmosphere and Amanda DeWees's sly humor. And be sure not to miss the previous novella in the Victorian Vampire series, As Vital as Blood!