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READ PDF á The Mystery Woman õ 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 Architektur des 20. 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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 Second in the Ladies of Lantern Street series I liked this one muchthan the previous one in the series It s probably3.5 stars, but Quick delivers a satisfying genre novel that is well written and satisfying, even if it uses pretty well worn tropes Rounded it up because it was exactly the book break I needed Fast read and enjoyable It has science fiction aspects but it is not pervasive I think it had just enough paranormal for it to be interesting It also has a much better plo Second in the Ladies of Lantern Street series I liked this one muchthan the previous one in the series It s probably3.5 stars, but Quick delivers a satisfying genre novel that is well written and satisfying, even if it uses pretty well worn tropes Rounded it up because it was exactly the book break I needed Fast read and enjoyable It has science fiction aspects but it is not pervasive I think it had just enough paranormal for it to be interesting It also has a much better plot line and character development than the first book The story moves quickly and is very enjoyable The characters are lifelike and likable The villains are treacherous I confess I don t enjoy Quick s latest paranormal books as much as her earlier romances, but they are still a good read I like Jayne Ann Krentz Amanda Quick Jayne Castle A LOT I have been reading these books for years, and I frequently purchase them as soon as they are released Even I can admit, though, that they re all starting to bleed together, and that I am having a harder time remembering which hero heroine did what in the increasingly blended universe that connect all of this author s books written in the last ten years This being said, I do like how the Arcane universe has been created to connect past I like Jayne Ann Krentz Amanda Quick Jayne Castle A LOT I have been reading these books for years, and I frequently purchase them as soon as they are released Even I can admit, though, that they re all starting to bleed together, and that I am having a harder time remembering which hero heroine did what in the increasingly blended universe that connect all of this author s books written in the last ten years This being said, I do like how the Arcane universe has been created to connect past, present, and future This is my fluff, cotton candy literature, and I like that she has created opportunities to tell a variety of stories that are new, but allow the reader to see how these families evolve over a period of time.I liked the relationship between Beatrice and Joshua They re both strong personalities, but they re both able to see the other s perspective and get things done But on the downside, for people who are supposed to be able to keep secrets, they sure don t do a good job of it They re always explaining themselves to the other in detailed prose, and it makes the dialogue feel forced I started mentally editing the dialogue as one of my English professors once told me, why would you use ten words when you can accomplish the same with three simple ones The extended conversations also feel somewhat condescending it s like they re spelling out in minute detail the elements of the whodunit This could be accomplished just as effectively in short conversations or through interior dialogue, and that it wasn t made me feel talked down to Is it going to keep me from readingromances in the Arcane series Nope I m a hopeless addict They re fun to read, a bit uncomplicated, and a not so guilty pleasure 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 revealedslowly, not giving it all up front to the reader, that is She was also the usual Quick heroine that often annoy me with their behavior, notions and convictions.The hero also wasn t of much help to make me enjoy the 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 revealedslowly, not giving it all up front to the reader, that is She was also the usual Quick heroine that often annoy me with their behavior, notions and convictions.The hero also wasn t of much help to make me enjoy the story Though he was at least in appearance the usual Quick hero, the rest simply fizzled Though the new approach Ms Quick chose with him not believing in the paranormal was indeed refreshing, it quickly turned annoying.Also, I didn t feel the connection between them, not the attraction, not the affection, not the love, not the sex Nothing It just didn t work.The suspense part of the story was also incomparable with Ms Quick s other novels Maybe it was the fact the main reason the villain wanted to kidnap Beatrice the heroine was utterly out there yes, the guy was completely nuts, but still Maybe it was the fact I didn t much care what happens to the heroine or hero , but I had a really hard time getting though the book Kudos for the other villain, yet it took me way too long to finish this one.Still, the writing was good, the plot also despite everything I ve listed , so I decided to give it three stars I m quite disappointed, though I expected 3.5 bumped up for the audiobook Justine Eyre performed the narration Nice job I particularly liked the spooky scene with the coffin, the dead but pristine body, and the eyes of Anubis Halloween, anyone And that dramatic rescue Hah For historical romantic suspense, Amanda Quick is gold standard Her formula may not be every readers cuppa, but it has stood the test of time and I m talking decades She likes her heroines intelligent, kind hearted, and spirited but not annoyingly fiesty 3.5 bumped up for the audiobook Justine Eyre performed the narration Nice job I particularly liked the spooky scene with the coffin, the dead but pristine body, and the eyes of Anubis Halloween, anyone And that dramatic rescue Hah For historical romantic suspense, Amanda Quick is gold standard Her formula may not be every readers cuppa, but it has stood the test of time and I m talking decades She likes her heroines intelligent, kind hearted, and spirited but not annoyingly fiesty Her heroes are unexceptional smart, tough, rich, fairly cynical what s not to love This book follows some of the same tropes as her earlier publications, including Til Death Do Us Part We have a virginal heroine living on the fringes of society and a hero with a scarred face and tormented past The plot twists along until the hero realizes at the 11th hour that he was barking up the wrong tree for his murderer No complaints from me I knew precisely what I was getting I still pick up a novel by Quick Krentz Castle when I want something fairly formulaic and reliable Years ago, I eagerly bought everything she published as soon as it hit the stores, but with the broad availability through e books I have becomeexpansive in my reading choices Lately I ve gotten into sci fi, space opera, and fantasy