"The plot kept twisting in so many unexpected ways." Nefertiti's Heart by @AWExley

Nefertiti's Heart

by A.W. Exley

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Cara Devon has always suffered curiosity and impetuousness, 
but tangling with a serial killer might cure that. 

London, 1861. Impoverished noble Cara has a simple mission after the strange death of her father - sell off his damned collection of priceless artifacts. Her plan goes awry when aristocratic beauties start dying of broken hearts, an eight inch long brass key hammered through their chests. A killer hunts amongst the nobility, searching for a regal beauty and an ancient Egyptian relic rumored to hold the key to immortality.

Her Majesty's Enforcers are in pursuit of the murderer and they see a connection between the gruesome deaths and Cara. So does she, somewhere in London her father hid Nefertiti's Heart, a fist sized diamond with strange mechanical workings. Adding further complication to her life, notorious crime lord, Viscount Nathaniel Lyons is relentless in his desire to lay his hands on Cara and the priceless artifact. If only she could figure out his motive.

Self-preservation fuels Cara's search for the gem. In a society where everyone wears a mask to hide their true intent, she needs to figure out who to trust, before she makes a fatal mistake.

An excerpt from

Nefertiti's Heart

Sunday, June 23

There was something cathartic about wielding a crowbar. Cara used one end to loosen the tacks, before ripping up the expensive, patterned carpet. She tossed the strip in a growing pile by the wall. She never intended to remove all the carpet, but with the cool metal bar in her hand, she lost herself in the rhythm of tearing away a layer from her father’s sanctuary. Pushing a deep auburn spike of hair from her forehead, she took a moment’s break from the dusty work. As spring gave way to summer, Cara found the air inside the narrow terrace house stuffy and oppressive, a situation exacerbated by her current labour. She flung open the second-storey window, took a large breath of London air, and coughed. Coal smoke and steam belched from the horseless carriages below and spiralled past her window. The combination of the narrow street and tall buildings forced the vehicle emissions skyward.

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What fans are saying

"Overall, I would highly recommend this title to anyone who enjoys a great combination of mystery, steampunk, romance, and even some adventure and action."

"Yowsa! What an absolutely fantastic, wonderful book. I cannot say enough good things about Nefertiti's Heart, A.W. Exley has written an absolute masterpiece in my humble opinion.  

"The love story within this book is very powerful, and only one of the reasons I found myself reading the story cover to cover a second time. 

"If you never pick up another book this year, and you love deeply emotional love stories coupled with alternate universes, and a mystery, then I urge you to pick up Nefertiti's Heart, you won't be sorry!"

"This book just cost me a weekend. Instead of a million things I *should* be doing, I couldn't put down Nefertiti's Heart. 

"The plot kept twisting in so many unexpected ways, but the element that made it such a page-turner was the unusual (okay -- HOT and unusual) relationship developing between the two main characters. 

"In addition, the supporting characters were so well-rounded and entertaining I found myself hoping they would get their own starring roles in sequels. Anita Wexley has a gift for plot, but she has an absolute genius for character. 

"I unreservedly recommend this completely satisfying read!"