Nicollette Caron is every man's ideal mistress. Pity, then, that all of her lovers die trying to satisfy her insatiable appetite. Forced to flee town after town so that no one will discover her terrible secret, Nicollette is haunted by the ghosts of her dead lovers as England's top crime inspector circles ever closer. Renowned for his tenacity, handsome detective Jackson Lang will stop at nothing to prove that Nicollette is a murderess. Powerful Lord Baston is equally determined...to make Nicollette his mistress despite her breathless warnings. A fortune-teller foresees that only one man is strong enough to save Nicollette. But how will she know which man to trust until it is too late?
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A debut that combines Victorian romance and murder mystery, both rendered rather silly by its far-fetched premise. Nurtured by rabbits as an infant, narrator Nicollette Caron consequently possesses a phenomenally fast heartbeat and manages to kill her lovers in the heat of passion. Wealthy and irresistible, the 19-year-old Frenchwoman in 1891 lives in London with her trusty servant Marie, who regularly must dispose of the dead men who wouldn't take Nicollette's "no" for an answer. To date, there are 13 victims of her love. It's a terrible secret to bear, though she refuses to feel responsible for their deaths since it's really not her fault-and what the heck, they die happy. When she moves on to Glastonbury to start fresh, a soothsayer reveals to Nicollette that she will meet her match in a man who is also a barrister. This sets up readers to wonder whether the barrister for her will be the most eligible bachelor in Glastonbury, Lord Baston (who tends toward shadowy nocturnal dealings with women and might even be Jack the Ripper), or Scotland Yard inspector Jackson Lang, who owns an incomparable Lippizan stallion called Pegasus and is already onto Nicollette (as well as smitten by her). Nicollette inadvertently knocks off a few more bedmates before being apprehended, incarcerated in Newgate and sensationally tried in court. Hitchcock goes for gritty detail in her depiction of torture and rape in Newgate, as well as the "hoods, ropes, and horror" involved in hangings. Her equally graphic treatment of Nicollette's sordid history makes it hard to feel much for her. Titillating, but that's about it. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Colleen Hitchcock
Colleen Hitchcock has been a composer, screenwriter, playwright, and poet and is known worldwide for her poem "Ascension." Rabbit Heart is her first novel. She lives in Minnesota, where the rabbits run free. Visit her website at www.colleenhitchcock.com.