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  • Series: An Arcane Society Novel
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Reprint edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515150568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515150568
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 2.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Superbly sensual and captivating Booklist First in her class New York Times Along with Nora Roberts, Krentz is one of the most reliably satisfying romance writers in publishing Sunday Times (CA) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Quick is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author-under various pen names-of more than forty New York Times bestsellers. There are more than 25 million copies of her books in print.

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With a string of bestselling Regency and Victorian Era romantic-suspense novels under her quill, AMANDA QUICK (who also writes under the pen names JAYNE ANN KRENTZ and JAYNE CASTLE) entered the world of a highly secretive paranormal group, the ARCANE SOCIETY, with her novel SECOND SIGHT. The series moved into a contemporary setting when JAYNE ANN KRENTZ (Amanda's contemporary alter-ego) released the second book in the series, WHITE LIES.

This winter, the ARCANE SOCIETY continues with THE LOOKING GLASS TRILOGY. It begins with IN TOO DEEP by Jayne Ann Krentz this December. Amanda is working on QUICKSILVER, her Spring 2011 contribution is book 2 in the series. The trilogy will conclude when JAYNE CASTLE releases CANYONS OF NIGHT, the futuristic novel, in Summer 2011.

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I am a big fan of Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle/Jayne Ann Krentz!!
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I loved this story, very well written and kept me interested to the end!
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She is one of my favorite authors and I have read a lot of her books.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Book a Day VINE VOICE on April 23, 2011
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I'll start by saying that this is a good story surrounding the psychical talents we've associated in the past with the arcane society. I like that there is a sort of World Building with cameos and references to previous books, and the overall premise in Victorian era where humans have psychical talents that secretly police their own kind is fascinating to me. The problem is, if you've read many Amanda Quick books, this one is a carbon copy of all the others, right down to the description of the hero and heroine. Keeping that in mind, our heroine is a 26 year old, independent spinster of her time, who is not pretty in a traditional sense and our hero is the brooding tall dark and handsome man who is trying to stave off the family's inherited madness. Sound familiar? If so, then you can understand my disappointment. If not, then it's an enjoyable read.

Virginia Dean is in trade as a powerful glasslight reader, which means she can see the historical imprints like photographs in mirrors. She is often hired by people looking for closure or who want to know what happened to their loved ones upon their deaths, and the story begins with Virginia doing just that for a wealthy and respectable Mrs. Hollister. Not long after her reading, Virginia wakes up half naked in bed, in a mirrored room, with a dead Mr. Hollister lying next to her and she's clutching the murder weapon. With absolutely no memory of the events and trapped with no way out, Owen Sweetwater, a psychical hunter and a gentleman, literally swoops in to her rescue and gets her out of there. He's been watching over Virginia ever since he was hired by J&J Investigations to look into the deaths of two other Glasslight readers.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Martin VINE VOICE on April 29, 2011
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This was an excellent second book in the Looking Glass trilogy. This one moves the setting to England in the 1800s when being psychic or seeming so was a career path. Virginia Dean is the illegitimate daughter of a member of the peerage who is also a glass-reader. She has carved out a life for herself using her talents. At 26 and with her current profession, she is certain that she will never make an acceptable marriage but she isn't opposed to an affair if the right man should happen to come along.

Owen Sweetwater is in his early 30s. He is a member of the mysterious and secretive Sweetwater family. They are paranormal hunters and investigators and sometimes assassins of those who are abusing their psychic powers. Sweetwater men are in danger of losing their minds to nightwalking if they don't find their destined mate. Owen sees Virginia and knows that she is the one for him. All he has to do is convince an independent, strong minded woman who sees herself unsuited for marriage that he is the one for her.

Owen and Virginia meet in the course of Owen's investigation into the deaths of two other glass-readers but their relationship takes a new turn when he rescues her from the evil Lord Hollister. It so happens that Virginia has been overcome and wakes up next to a dead Lord Hollister.

I love the quirky characters and crisp dialog in Quick's work. Both characters are strong and quirky and just right for each other. The secondary characters including Virginia's best friend Charlotte and Own's cousin Nick also add depth to this story. I was especially fond of Virginia's housekeeper Mrs. Crofton. Virginia is constantly worried that she will find a better offer and leave Virginia's employ. Mrs.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Alihikes on April 19, 2011
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This second volume of the looking glass trilogy is much better than the first volume, the romance was more believable and the plot was less confused. For the most part, the secondary characters added to plot. A little bit formulaic, but fun reading experience.
I'm glad I bought it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hermione on April 30, 2011
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I just finished reading QUICKSILVER, Amanda Quick.

It was just OK, I don't know why I bother reading her books about Psychics. They just keep getting more out there. This one deals with a psychic, Virginia (nice name) who reads mirrors. OK, mirrors huh?

She wakes up with a dead man, in walks Owen, who is a psychic investigator, who saves her. They're off to investigate the murder of two other mirror readers, who knew that this was so popular an occupation?

The most interesting relationship in this book? The relationship between Virginia and the housekeeper. That's right, even though Virginia has a half sister and gets it on with Owen neither relationship develops as much as the one between the mirror reader and the housekeeper.

I found the book a bit disjointed and disappointing. The dialogue was witty in spots but I found the relationship between Owen and Virginia somewhat cold. After their first sexual encounter there is no hand holding, looks, blushes, kisses, nothing! Until their requisite second coupling.

The descriptions of the psychic elements were difficult for me to follow.

Overall just an OK read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dalmatian mom on April 30, 2011
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Maybe it's just the Looking Glass Trilogy isn't as interesting to me as some of her earlier works, but I don't think I enjoyed Quicksilver the way I thought I would. One of the most endearing aspects of Amanda Quick's writing to me has been the humor created by the actions and thinking of the heroine and the way the hero reacts to all of it. It was a good book, but it just didn't satisfy me the way Amanda Quick books normally do.
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