Crystal Gardens by Amanda Quick

74%

14 Critic Reviews

While not a standout, the occult elements provide an original twist to a competent mystery plot with a dash of gothic flair and a traditional romantic pairing for a pleasant tale that will satisfy fans of gaslight paranormals.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick delivers “a promising start to a new Victorian-era series” (The Seattle Times) with the Ladies of Lantern Street…

Evangeline Ames has rented a country cottage far from the London streets where she was recently attacked. Fascinated by the paranormal energy of nearby Crystal Gardens, she finds pleasure in sneaking past the wall to explore the grounds. And when her life is threatened again, she instinctively goes to the gardens for safety.

Lucas Sebastian has never been one to ignore a lady in danger, even if she is trespassing on his property. Quickly disposing of her would-be assassin, he insists they keep the matter private. There are rumors enough already, about treasure buried under his garden and occult botanical experiments performed by his uncle—who died of mysterious causes. With Evangeline’s skill for detection, and Lucas’s sense of the criminal mind, they soon discover that they have a common enemy. And as the energy emanating from Crystal Gardens intensifies, they realize that to survive they must unearth what has been buried for too long.
 

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 April 24, 2012 by Jove. 347 pages
Genres: Romance, History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Crystal Gardens
All: 14 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 3

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Apr 23 2012

While not a standout, the occult elements provide an original twist to a competent mystery plot with a dash of gothic flair and a traditional romantic pairing for a pleasant tale that will satisfy fans of gaslight paranormals.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on Apr 06 2012

The other two women who work with Evangeline are introduced in this first book. Readers will be eager to read more about them.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Lea Franczak on Apr 24 2012

Crystal Gardens is a compelling, very romantic tale made memorable by its historical paranormal foundation, clever plot twists and a hero and heroine you can't help but love.

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The Seattle Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Melinda Bargreen on Apr 22 2012

The heart of this book, however, is not the clever plot but the resourceful and principled characters, from an ambitious housemaid to the passionate protagonists.

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Toonari Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Kala Istvanek on Apr 24 2012

Overall, Crystal Gardens is an exciting and riveting start to a new series that loyal fans of Quick’s romantic mysteries will dive into with relish.

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The Bookpushers

Good
Reviewed by Crystal Gardens on May 10 2012

All in all Ms Quick gave me a satisfying comfort type of read. I had romance, mystery, and some paranormal elements all nicely entwined. I am looking forward to the next books in the Ladies of Lantern Street series.

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Pure Textuality

Below average
Reviewed by Dolly on Apr 24 2012

This is by no means my favorite novel but it did just what I expected it to. It kept me entertained and provided many smiles. I’m looking forward to the next two installments.

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Novel Reaction

Good
Reviewed by Jessica on Apr 24 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed Crystal Gardens and look forward to the rest of the series.

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From the TBR Pile

Good
Reviewed by Kari Boardman on May 29 2012

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed Crystal Gardens.

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Bookwyrm's Hoard

Below average
Reviewed by Lark on May 12 2012

In short, I finished this novel feeling moderately but not totally satisfied.

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Buried by Books

Below average
Reviewed by Amber on May 14 2012

Even the mystery was ho-hum and easily figured out.

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Boeklogboek

Good
Reviewed by Aurian on May 06 2012

Amanda Quick has a great writing style, my sense of humor in especially the heroine, and it is filled with action, some suspense, paranormal things, but also with great and vivid characters, both the main and the secondary.

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Review It! Books

Good
Apr 27 2012

All in all, I would recommend the book as a good solid read, and a good start to a series.

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Inside of a Dog

Good
Reviewed by Kathy Martin on Apr 21 2012

This was a very good romance that I recommend to lovers of historical romance, paranormal romance, and Jayne Ann Krentz in all her many names and genres.

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