Regency Mystery with an Eerie Touch of the Gothic and a Dash of Romance

The Hazard with Hearts concludes the Hearts in Hazard series.

Two wives haunt the castle. Will she be the third to die?

Vivienne Northrup agreed to a marriage of convenience to reap the benefits of becoming the Countess of Sheldrake. While she explores the ruins of Sheldrake Castle, a falling stone dislodged from a tower nearly kills her.

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Only then does Vivienne discover that the earl’s previous two wives died tragically. The first had jumped to her death from that very tower.

Or had the woman been pushed?

Had someone tried to Kill Vivienne with the stone?

In the gothic tradition of Victoria Holt and Dorothy Eden, The Hazard with Hearts offers a determined heroine who confronts doubts, superstition, and the dark passions of a killer who wants every countess of Sheldrake dead and buried.

The Hazard with Hearts is book 12 in the Hearts in Hazard series of mysteries and suspense, with just a dash of sweet romance. The stories are loosely connected with each story complete in one book.

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They whisper that he is Bluebeard. His first two wives haunt the castle?  Will his third wife be next to die?

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Welcome to A Trio of Hazards

twisty mysteries in Regency England

A Trio of Hazards offers people from the many spheres of life as they clash against each other—

and against murderers!


Complex Schemes, Dangerous Pasts :: The Hazard of Secrets

Clarey Parton crosses the Atlantic to steal an inheritance. She hopes that no one discovers the rightful heir lies in a cold grave.

Jem Baxter returns to the England he fled three years before. He assumes the name James Axminster to conceal his past, one littered with misdeeds.

When a press gang sees two people traveling alone, they seize the opportunity for quick cash: they plan to sell Clarey to a brothel and impress Jem on a merchant ship. Fate brings these two lonely souls together. Chance helps them escape.

Yet escape traps them in another secret—one with murder as a bloody solution.

The Hazard of Secrets offers twists and turns as tight as knots. Can Clarey and Jem keep their secrets, or will murder force them to reveal all?


 Treacherous Traitors, Murders Past and Present :: The Hazard for Spies

Disguised to Spy.

Conrad Hoppock works with the Bow Street Runners to locate a French master spy. His search sends him undercover in a firm of solicitors.

Phinney Darracott wants justice for the murders of her sister and brother-in-law. Clues lead her to a firm of London solicitors. Disguised as a cleaning maid, Phinney prowls for the evidence. There she encounters Conrad.

And the lawyer at the center of the tangle of clues is shot dead while they watch from hiding.

Will Phinney and Conrad discover the connection between past and present murders? Or will two bullets solve the problem for the murderer and the French master spy?

Will murder destroy their chance for love?

Knotty problems turn into bloody events in The Hazard for Spies.


Rumors, Lies, Superstition, & Murder :: The Hazard with Hearts

The bride of the Earl of Sheldrake, Vivienne Northrup encounters ghost stories from venomous neighbors when she arrives at the Hall. Her husband is busy with the concerns of the estate, and his relatives are less than welcoming.

Then, while exploring the ruins of Sheldrake Castle, she barely escapes a stone dislodged from a tower.

Rumors whisper the Earl is a Bluebeard, killing his two previous wives. Others claim the first  committed suicide while the second fell on the stairs. Which version is the truth?

Or were his wives murdered?

Two wives haunt the castle. Will Vivienne the third to die?

The Hazard with Hearts offers a determined heroine who confronts doubts, superstition, and the dark passions of a killer who wants every countess of Sheldrake dead and buried.

A Trio of Hazards

This collection is the last three books in the Hearts in Hazard series, mysteries and suspense with a dash of sweet romance. Set in Regency England, the novels are loosely connected and are complete, without cliffhangers.

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Unlock mystery, suspense, and romance

in the Regency era ~

A Trio of Keys.

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The Key to Secrets

After years in London, Constable Hector Evans returns to Chalmsley Court to solve a violent murder. He doesn’t expect the victim to be the fiancé of Lord Chalmsley’s youngest daughter.

His lordship wants a quick resolution, before gossip about the crime’s salacious nature and trap-like killing becomes widespread. With no murder weapon, no identifiable clues, and no eyewitnesses, Hector has little evidence to build a case.

Yet he has plenty of suspects for the bloody death—including the woman he once loved.

Dark hearts and sharp knives of The Key to Secrets create a compelling entry in the Hearts in Hazard series of Regency mysteries and suspense.

The Key for Spies

Spies and traitors.  Lies and treachery.  Unexpected love where bullets fly.

One traitor destroys loyalty.  What will two traitors destroy?

The British spy Simon Pargeter scouts the terrain for Wellington’s army in French-controlled Spain.  Miriella de Teba ye Olivita, the famed Doñabella, wants to give him aid, but she must first find the traitor lurking in her band of guerillas.

Can Simon escape the French patrol hot on his trail?  With Major Pierre LeCuyer actively seeking Doñabella’s identity, can Miri hold her guerrillas together long enough to get the information Simon needs?  Can she locate the traitor before she is unmasked?

Or will the traitors reap the reward while Simon and Miri swing from the gallows?

The Key with Hearts

Married for money, not for love.

A convenient marriage inconveniently causes murder.

Six months ago, Liza Corbett married Greville Myers.  Her money saved his estate.  His nobility raised her station.  The couple have achieved an uneasy relationship, tepid and uncomfortable.

Then Liza is nearly killed in a failed attempt at murder.

Who wants her dead?

  • *The woman who had expected to marry Greville?
  • *The mother-in-law who hates her?
  • *Someone unknown?
  • *Or her husband, so he can keep her money and marry the woman he loves?

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M A Lee’s Hearts in Hazard

A Trio of Keys bundles books 7, 8, and 9

in the Hearts in Hazard series

of romantic mysteries and suspense.


Satisfy your reading needs with a classic serial killer story in an English country manor, a spy chase on horseback in northern Spain, and a vintage gothic in the vein of Victoria Holt.

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Welcome to A Trio of Dangers

hazardous mysteries blended with historical romance.

Amateur sleuths solve Hazardous Mysteries in A Trio of Dangers, a collection of three novels set in Regency England.

A serial killer stalks the idyllic countryside.

A vindictive French spy-catcher seeks the double agent who escaped him a decade ago.

A past murder comes to light during an arson.


The Dangers of Secrets

A baffling murder interrupts a charming romance in The Danger of Secrets.

Maddy Whittaker encounters secrets of family, secrets of the heart, and secrets of blood and pain, all served up for Valentine’s Day. Her flirtation with Gordon, Lord Musgrove, is a pleasant distraction.

Too bad for Maddy and Gordon that secrets can kill.


The Dangers for Spies

A cunning killer hunts the spies who escaped him.

Eugenie DesChamps wants nothing more than her paintings, her friendships in a bucolic English village, and her flirtation with Charles Audley. She wants to forget her past life as a double agent working for England.

The past is never forgotten. Tor the French spy who tried to kill her discovers her when he tracks down the English cryptographer Charles Audley.

Blood will be spilled before the past is purged


The Dangers to Hearts

Arson uncovers a baffling murder from the past.

Agatha’s lover abandoned her a decade ago. Jess Carter barely escaped arrest for smuggling. Neither expects romance.

Then hatred burns into a fire in the night. The arson reveals an old murder. The vanished fiancé didn’t leave—he was murdered.

Who is the arsonist? Who is the murderer? Are they the same person? Or two separate people poisoned by hatred?

Will Agatha and Jess be destroyed before they can find love together?

Enjoy A Trio of Dangers.

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the Heart-Pounding Puzzles of A Trio of Games

The smugglers in A Game of Secrets,

Tricky Twists of A Game of Spies,

& mURDER mOST fOUL IN A Game of Hearts

Regency mysteries and suspense with a dash of romance.

My first three books ever published, way back in 2015,

collected into A Trio of Games.

A Trio of Games offers my first three mysteries.

Long before I dreamed of publishing, A Game of Secrets rescued me from a dark time of life. Then came A Game of Spies at another dark time. In 2013, when I realized self-publication was not only possible but a reality, I began writing A Game of Hearts. Indie publishing was a dream coming true, and these three novels began my writing career.

These weren’t the first novels I penned, but they were the first to enter the publishing world and be offered to readers, in October of 2015. Even in that month, the whole 12-book Hearts in Hazard series was just a dream.

This Trio of Games

The individual books are available in ebook and paperback formats while the collections are ebook only. All of the novels are available in wide distribution: Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Amazon, and many other distributors. Find your favorite online bookstore, and search for the individual titles or the series title under my pen name of M.A. Lee.

You can find the collection A Trio of Games at Amazon, available at this link, and at worldwide distribution with this link.

Throughout the summer, the other collected novels will come out of Amazon exclusivity and enter worldwide distribution. They are A Trio of Dangers, A Trio of Keys, and A Trio of Hazards.

It will be a busy summer of publishing for me, and a busy summer of reading for you!

Sink into the best reading: 3 heart-pounding puzzles in A Trio of Games.