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Lie by Moonlight
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Lie by Moonlight [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]

by Amanda Quick (Author), Anne Flosnik (Narrator)
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Hired to tutor four orphaned girls at remote, ramshackle Aldwick Castle, Miss Concordia Glade is pleased to find her pupils both eager and bright. Indeed, they are bright enough to have noticed some oddities about their situation. Provided for by an unseen benefactor, they are surrounded at all times by hard-eyed guards in the guise of gardeners - and their previous tutor, she learns, disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Stepping into this uncertain atmosphere, Concordia sees at once what must be done. The plan is daring in scope and execution, but with the help of her four students, the great escape stands a good chance of success. Of course, even the best-laid plans can go awry...and even the most independent, strong-minded lady must occasionally accept an offer of help.

During an investigation into a woman's death, private inquiry agent Ambrose Wells finds himself on the castle grounds - and in the middle of chaos. The building is in flames. People are dead. And a woman and four girls are fleeing on horseback. A confirmed loner, Ambrose nevertheless finds himself taking Concordia and her students under his wing. His past has made him eminently suitable to protect them from the person behind the events at Aldwick Castle: a notorious London crime lord who will stop at nothing to destroy those who know his secrets.

Their lives at risk, Concordia and the girls must remain safely in hiding until Ambrose is able to unravel the dark conspiracy. But if the girls have learned anything from Miss Glade, it is the value of curiosity - a quality their teacher possesses in great abundance. She has never been one to sit back quietly and let others take care of her. As the danger circles ever closer, Ambrose and Concordia must work together to discover a way out of the darkness. In the process, they will learn a few lessons themselves - about stubbornness, courage, and love.

©2005 Amanda Quick; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Product Details

  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 9 hours and 46 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001D48VIK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lie by Moonlight August 2, 2005
I enjoyed this book for the following reasons. First, both of characters are likeable. I really dislike heros that fit into the catergory of, "I'm a man, your a woman, therefore I'm better than you." Ambrose Wells doesn't fall into that type of hero. Second, although, both characters have baggage stemming from their upbringings, neither are so stubborn and foolish that it gets in the way of their story. Both of these points are very important to me when considering a good book.

I would also like to point out that this book makes mention of a Cabinet of Curosities. These cabinet is also mentioned in the Jayne Castle book "After Dark". The character John Stoner, I believe was in another Amanda Quick book, but I can't seem to remember what book that was. I thought that this would be interesting to point out to those who might not of noticed it.

The reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because I wasn't able to really feel for the characters. In other words, I wasn't able to see them falling in love. The story focused more of the plot of the 4 girls and their situation than the love story. I thought that was rather disappointing. However,I think this is a good book and I don't regret spending the $25 dollars for it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Scrumptcious June 15, 2005
Concordia Glade ia a freethinking, independent teacher. She has had to hide her true idenity since the death of her parents ten years ago. Her parents were very free thinkers and had been married to other people. Therefore being illigetimate, she had wisely changed her name. Now she finds herself teacher, friend, and protector to four young ladies in her care. While teaching them at a secluded castle she discovers they are to be auctioned off to the highest bidder by a notorious criminal. Immediately she comes up with a plan to escape from the castle with her charges.

Ambrose wells may very well be the last practicioner of Vanza in England. The mystic discipline has fallen out of favor over the years. He spends the wit and energy gained from his dedication to this lifestyle by solving mysteries and answering puzzling questions. In the course of an inquiry he meets Concordia as she and her charges escape from their captivity.

There are so many unanswered questions about the situation and both Ambrose and Concordia are very courious people. The more they learn the more questions. Wherever the search leads, deaths follow.

The attraction between the two of them is hot and quick, suddenly Concordia can believe in love at first sight. But marriage because of obligation is not in her vocabulary.

Ambrose's mentor John Stoner returns late in the book and has his own thoughts on the relationship between Concordia and Ambrose. He is a delightful character and I quickly checked to be sure he was the Vanza student who was saved and sent to the island to study by Edison Stokes in I THEE WED.

This is typical Amanda Quick and it is wonderful. I loved it. I read it in one sitting.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Dialogue August 18, 2005
I haven't read Amanda Quick since I finished Lavinia & Tobias' 2 stories. This one seemed to follow the same formula. Two non-societal leads get thrown together under criminal circumstances and the female insists they partner up to solve the mystery. Except in this case, Cooncordia Glade is a teacher with modern & unconventional sentiments. Ambrose Wells is the same person of inquiry, but with a better sense of humor. The mystery wasn't very tight, I found the motive not matched to the crime.

There is so much explaining dialogue in this novel, and a lot of the time I felt like they were just recapping events so that the reader, all who apparently have short attention spans, could remember what was going on.

In my humble opinion, I think Ms. Quick lost her way writing this book, and went with telling a story about dull mystery rather than focusing on the funny and complex Ambrose, Concordia's love and dedication to help foundlings that society would rather board up and ignore, or the endearingly interfering four students, Edwina, Theodora, Phoebe and Hannah. Speaking of whom, how many times those four names were stated together in this novel, I haven't a clue. But it's probably upwards of 500. Almost each time the 4 of them are mentioned, it's not as "the girls" or "the four students" or "Ms. Glade's girls" or "Concordia's pupils" or any other number of ways of referring to them, it's "Edwina, Theodora, Phoebe and Hannah." But that is besides the point.

I much would have rather read about Concordia being headmistress of a girls school and seeing how she inspires and gives hope to the forgotten children. This book instead was just a romance with a backdrop of a not very intelligent mystery.

Amazon won't like me saying this but DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY BUYING THIS BOOK. If you like Amanda Quick, just check it out from the library. This is one of her less than great novels. Normally she's superb.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner! June 10, 2005
I will not rehash what was stated by the previous reviewers. Suffice it to say, I agree that "Lie by Midnight" is one Ms. Quick's best books in years. I envy and appreciate her ability to come up with interesting story lines and fascinating characters book after book. Read and enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and lighthearted entertainment January 9, 2006
Concordia Glade has to set fire to the castle where her four schoolgirl charges are at risk in order to rescue them. However, their escape nearly goes wrong, until Ambrose Wells, reformed thief, appears on the scene for his own reasons.

Thus starts a series of events which include murders, disguises, romance and complex plots. The usual Amanda Quick hallmarks are there - fierce rather than handsome hero, strong women giving up their virginity at the drop of a hat, journeys in carriages in the fog. This book is set in the Victorian rather than Regency period, although this makes little difference to the overall feel of the book. We meet the Vanzagarian society again, with John Stoner (a young man in "I Thee Wed") as an old Vanza master.

This book was definitely a return to form after the rather disappointing Tobias March and Lavinia Lake series. No surprises in this book, it's standard fare, but well-written and gripping and fun too. Enjoy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A+++
Easy to read, nice story. A bit predictable.
Published 6 days ago by LauraNZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 12 days ago by pandaman
5.0 out of 5 stars Lie by Moonlight
This is one of those really interesting Amana Quick books. The lead character is a teacher and she has four girls to save. A mysterious man saves them and they are off.
Published 1 month ago by Irene
5.0 out of 5 stars Great plot with lots of suspense
Like the story line the suspense and the leading characters were great together so many twists and turns in the plot made you want keep reading
Published 1 month ago by Jody Carle
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!
Loved this book! I didn't want it to end. The characters were remarkable and so enjoyable. I always enjoy Amanda Quick's books.
Published 3 months ago by Creative Essence
5.0 out of 5 stars Book #3 of 3 in the Vanza series
Jayne Krentz's Victorian England historical with Concordia Glade & Ambrose Wells. This group of 3 stories have the women with paranormal intuitive talents and the men have been... Read more
Published 3 months ago by JanS
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and adventuress murder mystery. please don't forget the romance.
I love reading Amanda Quick books, and this one had a little bit of everything. I kept reading just to learn more about the characters as well As what twist the story would take. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jo Jo
4.0 out of 5 stars LIE BY Moonlight
An excellent read by Amanda Quick. A departure from th paranormal but an excellent romantic sixpence story. I love 's. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pam F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't beat Quick/Krentz/Castle
I love all the stories by this author. Whether it is a stand alone as is this book or one of her series, her plots are tight, her stories interesting and her characters... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dorothy Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This was fantastic. I love Amanda quick. Can't get enough of her book's. Can't wait for her new book to come out.
Published 7 months ago by my mother got me hooked!
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