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Garden of Lies Hardcover – April 21, 2015

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“Amanda Quick is an exceptional storyteller.” —Los Angeles Daily News
 
“One of the most creative, inventive storytellers in the field, Quick infuses her own addictive brand of breathless, sexy adventure with dashes of vengeance, greed, and violence and a hefty splash of delectable, offbeat humor.” —Library Journal
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Amanda Quick is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author, under various pen names, of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers; there are more than 35 million copies of her books in print. She lives in Seattle.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (April 21, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399165150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399165153
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (469 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With this one following Otherwise Engaged, it looks like Jayne Ann Krentz has stepped back from paranormal historical romance for a bit. While I still really want the final Ladies of Lantern Street book, I am enjoying her return to my historical romance roots. I think Amanda Quick may have been the very first ones I ever read, and if not, they are definitely the first ones I remember. So take this review with the grain of salt that is my nostalgia.

Garden of Lies starts with a really intriguing prologue, so if you read this on Kindle, check to make sure that Kindle didn't "conveniently" skip it for you. Slater Roxton is one of the more nuanced heroes we have seen from Quick in a while, born between two very different London cultures and with some remarkable life experiences, he's not just any substitute hero. Ursula Kern owns and operates an exclusive ladies secretarial pool. She has remade herself several times in an era when this wasn't typically possible for women, and in ways that absolutely fit the time period. When her best friend dies, and she believes it is murder, she upends her own life in order to find out the truth. Mostly Slater Roxton is along for the ride because he wants to protect Ursula. He is nicely protective but not overly so, and doesn't once as far as I can remember, step into alpha-hole territory. And furthermore, he respects Ursula, which makes it really easy for me to enjoy a book. The villainy and mystery were nice and twisty, and mostly (except for a brief flurry at the end) the relationship was nice and straightforward - which seems to be a nice change of pace for me.
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Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick is a historical romance that takes place in Victorian London. This is not just a historical romance, but a story full of intrigue, mystery and murder. This is a different type of historical read for me, but a wonderful story and very well written by Quick.

Ursula Kern is our heroine, and she is the owner of The Kern Secretarial Agency. When we meet Ursula, she is despondent about the death of her friend and employee. Ursula does not believe her friend’s death was normal, and after finding some papers hidden away, she suspects foul play.

Slater Roxton is an archaeologist and our hero. Slater was missing for over a year, thought dead from a cave in, only to come back home and was considered by many to be somewhat eccentric and mad. Ursula is on assignment helping him research and categorize artifacts, when she tells him she needs to leave for a few weeks. Slater, who has quietly become enamored of Miss Kern, insists she tell him the truth of why she is leaving. She finally tells him she plans to go undercover to the job her friend was working on, to try and find out the truth. Of course, Slater has no intention of letting Ursula do this on her own.

What follows is an exciting adventure that involves drugs, crime lords, murder, and blackmail. With Slater and Ursula working together to discover truth, the danger escalates for both of them. In between all the surprises and twists, their relationship slowly builds and becomes a sweet and sensual romance. This was a fun, romantic and exciting story. I loved Slater and Ursula together. The last third of the book was very suspenseful, and well done by Amanda Quick. If you like historical romances, suspense, mystery and a wonderful couple, I wholly recommend Garden of Lies.
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I am glad that Ms. Quick has gotten over the supernatural/psychic kick she was on for so long. I enjoyed them, but they were getting more and more outlandish as, I suspect, she began to run out of ideas for characters with psychic abilities. This story is reminiscent of her earlier works. It is a stand alone story with her signature strong heroine and alpha male hero with a mysterious past. They join forces to investigate the murder of a friend of the heroine and become embroiled in a complex web of drugs, organized crime and betrayal. Sounds good...but here are some of the reasons for only three stars. I felt like the story began abruptly, with not enough introduction. As I read, I often felt that I had accidentally skipped forward. I lost threads of the story a time or two and had to flip back a few pages to try to figure out what the heck was going on. (And I have excellent reading comprehension, by the way). I didn't feel as much empathy to and connection with this heroine. I will end this by saying that although I finished the book, it took me a couple of days. When Ms. Quick/Krentz is at the top of her game, I can't put the book down. This one was easy to lay aside, I'm afraid.
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This is one of those books that is almost physically satisfying to read. A good blend of mystery, intrigue, and romance. The mystery was just complex enough to carry the story, but not so overloaded with characters and sidelines to make it overwhelming. Love this author.
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Some time ago, the widow Ursula Kern took control of her life and began the Kern Secretarial Agency providing reliable professional services to its wealthy clientele. Anne Clifton, both friend and one of her finest employees has met an untimely end – and Ursula is unconvinced it was NOT from natural causes.

Ursula’s latest employer Slater Roxton, archaeologist and adventurer, is not only upset that she is going to quit her position with him to start investigating Ms. Cliftons demise; but feels it is too dangerous if Ursula’s intuition of foul play is correct. Instead, Slater intends to stay very close and volunteers to help Ursula with her investigation. In the interim big sparks of attraction occur between Ursula and Slater, but Ursula’s independent nature and intent to go it alone put her life in danger. In the end, would Slater be able to save Ursula for a future he now feels could be theirs?

As usual, Ms. Quick has struck gold in this latest novel of intrigue in Victorian London. Her plotting is superb, characterizations are impeccable and pacing of the action is fast and exciting. Her heroine, Ursula Kern is a very admirable character - ahead of her time as an early entrepreneur who has not only helped herself to financial security but had also given many women the opportunity to gain their own independence as professionals.

Likewise, I was fully intrigued with Slater Roxton. The preface gives a wonderful look at Slater’s background and his adventures on a mystical island that if he weren’t a survivor could have entombed him; but otherwise shaped him into the very interesting man he’d become. Outside he presented what one would consider a mild scholarly individual, but underneath he was anything but!
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