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The Mystery Woman (Ladies of Lantern Street) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2014
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*Starred Review* As an agent for the Crown, Joshua Gage investigates paranormal cases, but that doesn’t mean he believes in it himself. As far as Joshua is concerned, anyone claiming to be psychic is a fake. When it comes to Beatrice Lockwood, aka “Miranda the Clairvoyant,” Joshua believes the lady is not just a fake but a murderer to boot since she was the last person seen leaving Dr. Roland Fleming’s Academy of the Occult right before the doctor was found dead. Joshua is certain that Beatrice is also blackmailing his sister Hannah, and he is determined to put a stop to the lady’s extortion efforts one way or another. However, once Joshua finally meets Beatrice, he discovers that though she may not be a blackmailer or a murderess, she is the key he needs to locate the real criminal. Whether she is writing as Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick, or Jayne Castle, no one does high-stakes suspense and high-octane romance better than Krentz. With its evocative Victorian setting, delightfully outspoken heroine with hidden depths (and a hidden garter gun), deliciously complex hero, and a paranormal-infused plot that generates adrenaline and passion, The Mystery Woman will captivate readers from start to finish. --John Charles --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 to spin another mesmerizing paranormal gem.--Library Journal
— Library Journal
“A fast-paced, suspenseful narrative that is also a touching love story.”—The Seattle Times
“Contains all the requisite elements: romance, sex, mystery and clever repartee.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Has the right mix of mystery, danger, paranormal and romance.”—Novel Reaction
“Will captivate readers from start to finish.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Quick delivers everything her fans yearn for: a strong mystery with otherworldly touches; delightful, smart characters; a fast pace and powerful plot; and a story they’ll stay up all night to finish.”—RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars)
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Joshua comes out of a year of retirement spent recuperating from a serious injury, and the depression he feels. He blames himself for what he sees as his failure to avoid a tragedy; to do what he does best; find what is lost. In this case, that would be Beatrice.
Some things, (and people), are lost for a good reason. Finding them can set a chain of events in motion that will change lives, and in some cases, cost lives.
Blackmail, reanimating the dead, obsession...and that's just for starters!
We have a heroine with genuine paranormal talent, a hero who doesn't believe in it, (though he displays some paranormal talent of his own), and a story with several well done twists.
The secondary characters, both good, not so good, and downright mad, (bad), are interesting and I'm looking forward to possibly meeting some of them in the next book in the series.
If I have a beef with the writing, it would be that there just wasn't enough sexual tension building up to the big moment. The love scenes were well written, but felt somewhat mechanical to me. She has written scenes that "sizzled!"
I missed that!
Having said that, I was thoroughly engaged in this story and read it so fast, I had to re-read it again at a much slower pace to savor it,(instead of gobbling it down).
I have really enjoyed this series, and am anxiously awaiting the next book!
Kudos Ms Krentz! You've done it again!
The Messenger, Joshua Gage has been looking for Beatrice because his sister is being blackmailed and all paths lead to Beatrice as the extortionist. Beatrice remembers his sister but assures Joshua that she did not get any personal information from her.
This story while written in the author's usual style, didn't gram me, it was a slow read for me, and parts of it dragged. I'm a fan of Jayne Krentz; Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle so I'm used to her style. I think the Arcane Society is crossing too many of her books and I'm getting confused on all the crossed topics - but that's just me.
The story was solid, just slow and didn't offer any surprises.
I really enjoyed the "Crystal Gardens" which was the first book in this series. It had a refreshingly interesting twist to the paranormal side of the story. In this tale, we have a lot of conversation, all on the same topic - hero "I don't have a paranormal talent and I don't believe in the paranormal - heroine "I have a genuine paranormal talent and so do you". Yawn. There were too many clues to the "surprise" twist at the end - I saw it coming a mile away. I do have to say that I appreciate the fact the Ms. Krentz doesn't use embarrassing incidents as humor in her books. This type of thing makes me cringe! Unfortunately I couldn't find much humor in this book. It seemed flat compared to many of the titles that I have enjoyed by her in the past. I think my favorite is "Hidden Talents". There is a single instance of paranormal activity in the book, but there are also numerous scenes that are very funny, point out human foilables, and strike just the right note of zany.
Writing is a very difficult thing to do, and Ms. Krentz does it beautifully. Even though every book can't be a stellar performance, I still enjoy reading Ms. Krentz's efforts and I look forward to reading the last installment of this trilogy.
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Fun reading and good mystery
Enjoyed the book, and look forward to others set in Victorian London.