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Product Details

  • Series: Quick, Amanda
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1ST edition (April 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553802712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553802719
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,377,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Private investigators Lavinia Lake and Tobias March (Slightly Shady; Don't Look Back) return to the chase in Regency England, hot on the trail of a murderer for hire when not disporting themselves discreetly beneath the sheets. This time a macabre murderer appears to be copycatting two killers who left behind memento mori rings at the scenes of their crimes. The original Memento Mori Man murdered for hire decades earlier, taking on assignments only if he thought the target thoroughly deserved death. Three years before the start of this novel, the same "ghastly signature" was employed by Zachary Elland in tribute to his predecessor. Elland, March's fellow spy (during the Napoleonic wars), committed suicide after March unmasked him, so when a memento mori ring turns up on the doorstep of Elland's rich lover, Aspasia Gray, March is not surprised when she seeks him out at Lord Beaumont's country-house party. Lake, however, is dismayed, since Gray wants more than just March's investigative skills. A murder is promptly committed at Beaumont's estate, and Lake and March launch their investigations, centering on a certain unstylish blonde wig and a trio of dangerous, dowagers. Quick, a pseudonym for prolific romance author Jayne Anne Krentz, relies on her quicksilver sense of humor and tart research into period hairdressers and British upper-crust society. Lake and March's lusty if predictable romps should please Quick fans, as should the contrasting "demure" period flirtation between Lake's niece, Emeline , and March's adopted brother, Anthony, which is tested by the arrival of Dominic Hood, Anthony's half-brother, suggesting future fireworks. As this engaging effort demonstrates, Quick has the Regency-murder mystery mix down to a fine science.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Adult/High School-Lavinia and Tobias, private inquiry agents, have looked forward to relaxing in one another's company at a weekend house party in the country. However, they are asked to leave when they suggest that a guest's death was a murder. With minimal clues available, the sleuths and their eager, young assistants, Emmeline and Anthony, realize that there have been other suspicious deaths, with an unusual common denominator. Has a murderer come back from the dead? Quick is an expert at witty dialogue, which keeps the plot moving, and the depiction of early-19th-century England. Fans of the series will particularly enjoy learning more about Tobias's mysterious past and prior relationships, which are an important part of this story. It is not necessary to have read the earlier novels to enjoy this light mystery.
Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

The author of over 50 New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 35 million copies of her books in print.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The third in the Lavinia Lake/Tobias March series has the two investigators searching for a mysterious murderer. The murderer dispatches fiances who would make unsatisfactory husbands for young girls. Lavinia and Tobias are joined by her neice and his brother-in-law to solve an interesting and exciting mystery. The first two of the series were a disappointment but this story is almost back to Amanda Quick's earlier historical romances. Characterization is sharp and the twists of the plot keep the reader guessing to the end. An enjoyable read for the summer and the beach.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I adore Jayne Anne Krentz's writings - whatever the name - and have nearly everything she has written going back to the old Candlelights. Krentz/Quick is one writer I keep and generally buy in hardback, and will even reread them. But I am, once again, sadly disappointed in her #2 and #3 in her trilogies. I know the publishers of today are pushing for trilogies and series, trying to keep readers hooked for more sales. But frankly, they are causing people to grumble, and with good reason, maybe even driving the very fans away with this trend. Jayne Ann - I love you work, but you REALLY NEED to listen to your fans. Your Trilogies are NOT holding up. You give us a SUPER first books, the paler, weaker second and third in the series. You see the same complaint, so-so mysteries with the leads and their romance taking a backseat to too busy story lines. And I see a lot of fans saying NO more. I really hate to see this happening to such a talented writer.
I REALLY wanted to love this book. It's a nice read. But I recommend it for Quick/Krentz devoted fans only, and then, I would suggest waiting for paperback or picking it up at the library. Disappoint hurts less when you don't pay as much!
Lavinia and Tobias from "Slightly Shady" and "Don't Look Back" put in their third - and hopefully last - appearance in a so-so mystery, along with her niece, Emeline, and his brother-in-law, Anthony. Lavinia has finally given up on seeing her niece married "properly", though Tobias has not given up on marriage to Lavinia. Tobias accompanies Lavinia to the county to Beaumont Castle, home of Lord Beaumont. Seems they never have any time alone for lovemaking. (Hum, poor Lavinia and Tobias cannot have time alone?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By latenight423 on April 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'm beginning to feel ripped off - what would be one good book is stretched out by the publisher to three oh-so-indifferent books. Together, all three of this series might come close to one of Amanda Quick's earlier works.
I can see why the publishers do it:
** They'd have to charge $27 or more for one GOOD novel
** By splitting the book, they get $23 each for three NOT-SO-GOOD novels
** The split books still look the same because of wider margins and larger type styles
I can't see why the authors do it, though. Don't they see they are disappointing their readers, and ultimately might turn us off completely?
I won't complain about plots or characters. I know before I buy a hybrid romance/mystery that it's a combination of both genre's and, therefore, neither the romance nor the mystery will be GREAT. You get 6 of one and 1/2 dozen of the other. If you buy one of these hybrid novels, you get characters like Tobias and the crew with several light mysteries thrown in with the lighter version of a romance novel.
I just wish the authors and publishers would quit trying to rip me off. This three book series would have ACTUALLY made only one good book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I used to REALLY enjoy the Amanda Quick books (Rendezvous, Surrender, Desire and Mystique come to mind), but the last 5 or so of her books have been almost non-romance books. The people in them seem to all just have personality issues or something, as opposed to having a romance - it seems like no one is willing to commit and that they aren't really too interested in each other anyway. I wish the author would get back to romance stories and leave the darkness behind. As it is, I'm forced to go back to the old Stephanie James/Jayne Castle books for reading fun.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This definitely the best of the three titles featuring these two protagonists, Lavinia and Tobias. However, it still falls far below her previous standards, even for the recent JAK titles which all have the same characters and the same setting, just a variation in means and names. I would NOT recommend purchase of this one - go borrow it from the library and then hope that there are no more in this series!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By booksforabuck on May 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
They may have attended the country party seeking the opportunity for a little lovemaking, but when an aging Lord falls to his death, Lavinia Lake and Tobias March believe they have a murder on their hands. Unfortunately, they are the only ones who believe this and are promptly sent back to London. But the clues point to an old link in Tobias's life--a friend had once become a professional assassin. While the friend is dead, someone seems to have followed in his footsteps. With the friend's ex-fiancee as client, Tobias and Lavinia use their investigative talents to search for a killer who leaves behind a ring with a death-head mask.
Set in regency England, LATE FOR THE WEDDING details the social structure of the day, an emerging tendency toward prudery in the younger generation (leading to the Victorian era?), and the difficulties and risks facing a woman who is contracted to the wrong marriage. Because marriage is firmly in the mind of Tobias, Lavinia, Ermeline and Anthony (Lavinia having abandoned the idea of a 'suitable' marriage for her niece). The mystery is well done, with dangerous moments and heroic rescues.
LATE FOR THE WEDDING is the third in a series of novels about Tobias and Lavinia. Talented author Amanda Quick makes the stories interesting, but the banter between Tobias and Lavinia is starting to run a little thin--perhaps in creating the title, Quick realized that this should be the end of a fine series and that she might even have been a little late resolving the romantic issues. But then again, perhaps we will see this couple again.
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