The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick
(Ladies of Lantern Street)

81%

7 Critic Reviews

...though not the best of Quick’s popular romantic mysteries...still contains all the requisite elements: romance, sex, mystery and clever repartee.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

The second Ladies of Lantern Street novel from Amanda Quick explores the crimes, passions and paranormal secrets of Victorian London.

Under the plain gray skirts of Miss Beatrice Lockwood’s gown, a pistol waits at the ready. For Beatrice is a paid companion on a secret mission—and with a secret past—and she must be prepared to fight for her life at any moment.

Yet she is thrown oddly off guard by the fierce-looking man who joins her in foiling a crime outside a fancy ball—and then disappears into the shadows, leaving only his card. His name is Joshua Gage, and he claims to know Beatrice’s employers. Beyond that, he is an enigma with a hypnotically calm voice and an ebony-and-steel cane. . . .

Joshua, who carries out clandestine investigations for the Crown, is equally intrigued. He has a personal interest in Miss Lockwood, a suspected thief and murderer, not to mention a fraudster who claims to have psychical powers. The quest to discover her whereabouts has pulled him away from his mournful impulses to hurl himself into the sea—and engaged his curiosity about the real Beatrice Lockwood, whose spirit, he suspects, is not as delicate as her face and figure.

He does know one thing, though: This flame-haired beauty was present the night Roland Fleming died at the Academy of the Occult. Guilty or not, she is his guide to a trail of blood and blackmail, mesmerism and madness—a path that will lead both of them into the clutches of a killer who calls himself the Bone Man. . . .
 

About Amanda Quick

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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.
 
Published January 1, 2014 by Jove. 385 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Jan 29 2013

...though not the best of Quick’s popular romantic mysteries...still contains all the requisite elements: romance, sex, mystery and clever repartee.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Feb 18 2013

The dialogue throughout rings true and is often clever.

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All About Romance

Above average
Reviewed by Mary Skelton on May 14 2013

Characters from the first book...are brought into the narrative, but there is precious little explanation concerning who they are. Just adding an additional paragraph...to explain their backstory would have elevated this book to DIK status for me.

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RT Book Reviews

Good

With the second in the Ladies of Lantern Street series, Quick delivers everything her fans yearn for: a strong mystery with otherworldly touches...

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All About Romance

Good
Reviewed by Mary Skelton on Jun 06 2013

When I read books out of order, it is nice if characters from other books are fleshed out just enough to pique my curiosity about their story. However, overall this was a great read and I would heartily recommend it.

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The Seattle Times

Good
Reviewed by Melinda Bargreen on Apr 22 2013

Krentz skillfully knits all these plot threads together in a fast-paced, suspenseful narrative that is also a touching love story.

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Romantic Historical Lovers

Excellent
Reviewed by Susan on Jun 06 2013

In true Amanda Quick fashion, the story has a happily-ever-after ending which audiences can always anticipate from her books.

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