When India Hartley is accused of murder, she must uncover the deceptions of others to save herself.
India Hartley, a famous and beautiful actress, is now alone after her father’s death and embarks upon a tour of theaters across the South. Her first stop is Savannah’s Southern Palace. On the eve of the second night’s performance, something goes horribly wrong. Her co-star, Arthur Sterling, is shot dead on stage in front of a packed house, and India is arrested and accused of the crime.
A benefactor hires Philip Sinclair, the best—and handsomest—lawyer in Savannah to defend India. A widower, Philip is struggling to reinvent his worn-out plantation on St. Simons Island. He needs to increase his income from his law practice in order to restore Indigo Point, and hardly anything will bring him more new clients than successfully defending a famous actress on a murder charge.
Because India can’t go anywhere in town without being mobbed, Philip persuades the judge handling her case to let him take her to Indigo Point until her trial date. India is charmed by the beauty of the Georgia lowcountry and is increasingly drawn to Philip. But a locked room that appears to be a shrine to Philip’s dead wife and the unsolved disappearance of a former slave girl raise troubling questions. Piecing together clues in an abandoned boat and a burned-out chapel, India discovers a trail of dark secrets that lead back to Philip, secrets that ultimately may hold the key to her freedom. If only he will believe her.
(please excuse if anything is inaccurate. I put off writing this review for a week and a half and as I speed-read I tend to forget small details)
SO THIS BOOK IS AMAZING.
There is no slow start on this. We are launched right into the action, with a murder to start us off. Though the story is narrated by India, there is the feeling of not knowing who committed the murder. And at some points, I even thought it could be her. AND THIS ISN’T JUST ABOUT INDIA AND HER POSSIBLE KILL. No, this story is soooo much more! It has a subplot, and then EVERYTHING TIES TOGETHER AMAZINGLY.
There was a point when reading this that I set the book aside and screamed (I’m a verbal person). There are a few sluggish spots, but nothing awful. They are all still interesting!
The romance in this was TO DIE FOR. (hehe) I shipped certain people very much. But enough on that. As River Song would say; “Spoilers!”
Okay, so the finale was intense. At about 150 pages from the end, the finale kicked in and I was basically screaming and yelling and freaking out. AND O H M Y W O R D . It was glorious. And amazing. And I liked a quote so much that it replaced my quote from the Book Thief on my shelf. THAT IS LOVE, PEOPLE. ❤ I adored this book sosososo much. A Respectable Actress was a well-plotted murder mystery with a side-dish of romance that was reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s novels. I recommend to any fans of Agatha Christie or even murder mysteries in general.
FOR THE PARENTS –
Intimacy – Not much on this front. Mild kissing.
Violence – There was several quite intense scenes. To rate like a movie… Maybe PG-13?? There’s a creepy scene with a mentally ill person also murder.
Cussing – Not much here
Intoxication – Um, there’s love? 😛 Just kidding. There is mild drunkenness.