The Mystery Woman
Beatrice Lockwood, one of the intrepid ladies of Lantern Street, is in the middle of a case when her past comes back to haunt her. Joshua North, a former spy for the Crown, has come out of a self-imposed retirement after a disastrous case that left him scarred and forced to use a cane. He... show more
Beatrice Lockwood, one of the intrepid ladies of Lantern Street, is in the middle of a case when her past comes back to haunt her. Joshua North, a former spy for the Crown, has come out of a self-imposed retirement after a disastrous case that left him scarred and forced to use a cane. He is hunting the villain who is blackmailing his sister. The trail leads him to Beatrice who is his chief suspect. But when he realizes that she is not the blackmailer they set out to find the real extortionist. Passion flares between them as they dodge a professional assassin. Meanwhile a mysterious scientist intent on resurrecting his dead lover using an ancient Egyptian formula for preserving the bodies of the dead is also hunting Beatrice. He is keeping his dead love perfectly preserved in a special, crystal-topped sarcophagus filled with the special fluid. But he needs Beatrice's paranormal talent to activate the reviving properties of the preservative in the coffin. Time is running out for everyone involved. The two cases collide at a mysterious country-house filled with artifacts from ancient Egyptian tombs. The drama concludes in the mad scientist's laboratory where Joshua discovers that the past he thought was dead is still very much alive -- sort of.
Publish date: April 23rd 2013
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Pages no: 357
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Paranormal Romance
, Historical Romance
Series: Ladies of Lantern Street (#2)
Pretty typical Quick. Which was the problem I had with it, there wasn't anything new about it. This one felt very much like her other paranormal historical romances. You could have transplanted the H and h from many of her other books into this one and they would have slotted seamlessly into place. ...
This review also posted at A Bookish Compulsion's Main SiteI have had a soft spot for Amanda Quick’s (AKA Jayne Ann Krentz) books ever since I read Mystique; the first substantial book I voluntarily finished and my entry into the world of a reader. At fourteen the medieval setting was fascinating, t...
This came completely out of the left field for me. The story simply didn't suck me in as Ms. Quick's novels usually do.Let's start with the title—The Mystery Woman. That was supposed to be the heroine. To me, she was no mystery. I would've preferred her secrets to be revealed more slowly, not giving...
One of the best Amanda Quick novels I've read in a long time -- it had much more "substance" so to speak than many of her books, with a greater focus on the relationship and the action than on the "psychical" elements (though they were certainly present too).4/5 Stars
Escapist, predictable, romantic fantasy. But enjoyable as a break from more demanding reads.