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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 (((FREE))) ☋ 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 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 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 3.5 stars just because Ms Quick dialed back her over use of her most formulaic words and phrases i.e heat, heated, jacked up, raised senses, running hot, psychical, para senses, etc and for a change included a hero who didn t believe in the paranormal at all, despite his own talent for finding things While the sex scenes I hesitate to call them love scenes because there still isn t a lot of foundation for the romance remain eye rollingly silly, at least there was no stock description of 3.5 stars just because Ms Quick dialed back her over use of her most formulaic words and phrases i.e heat, heated, jacked up, raised senses, running hot, psychical, para senses, etc and for a change included a hero who didn t believe in the paranormal at all, despite his own talent for finding things While the sex scenes I hesitate to call them love scenes because there still isn t a lot of foundation for the romance remain eye rollingly silly, at least there was no stock description of mind blowing aura merging and whatnot Hooray for small favors In book two of the Ladies of Lantern Street series, we follow Flint Marsh agent Beatrice Lockwood as she masquerades in her role as a virtually invisible paid companion to wealthy ladies in need of assistance foiling dastardly plots Beatrice came to the agency some months earlier when her previous employer was murdered by someone seeking to kidnap her She manages to create a new life for herself in a new career, until during the course of an investigation she is located by Joshua Gage, former spy for the Crown, who needs her assistance in trapping the man blackmailing his sister, a client from Beatrice s old life The blackmail scheme turns out to be just the tip of the iceberg, so Joshua and Beatrice team up to stop a madman before they become the next victims.My favorite thing about this novel is that Beatrice is so strong and well prepared She carries a small pistol strapped to her thigh, she has a vial of specially prepared smelling salts to ward off unwanted sexual advances, and she thinks quickly in emergency situations She is no wilting wallflower I appreciated that very much.For readers advisors story and setting doorways i.e Victorian England A couple of sex scenes It s been years since I ve read anything by this author and I was curious if I would still enjoy her writing as much as I did in the past I can sincerely say I do This was surprisingly a very fast paced read with so much mystery and suspense sprinkled with romance that I consumed it in one sitting What a great reminder why I loved this writer and her work Dual POVSafeNo apparent triggers This should have been a much shorter book, but with the two main characters stopping to explain the obvious every five minutes it does tend to drag on A few questions, isn t Beatrice an investigator Why then is she astonished and sooo impressed at deductive reasoning when applied I feel like she s this moon eyed neophyte when she was introduced as someone a bitcapable I don t even want to talk about the love scene, because they talked it to deathif they had really been that chatty t This should have been a much shorter book, but with the two main characters stopping to explain the obvious every five minutes it does tend to drag on A few questions, isn t Beatrice an investigator Why then is she astonished and sooo impressed at deductive reasoning when applied I feel like she s this moon eyed neophyte when she was introduced as someone a bitcapable I don t even want to talk about the love scene, because they talked it to deathif they had really been that chatty the mood would have gotten bored and gone for a walk I know I did And when Joshua went to fight the bone man, he really says the bone man didn t expect him to use his cane as a weaponthen the Bone Man is a moron and will be easily defeated when he also thinks that the kitchen knife you pick up is just a utensil Also can someone explain this sentence on 281 The black ties they wore around their necks where the hell else would you wear it were well known througout the criminal world The ties were well known They are black tieshuh Oh and I am getting tired of Beatrice constantly harping on her whole psychical powers being real to Joshua he would truly be sick of her by this point because it s annoying me Who cares if he believes it as long as he is respectful of her beliefs and he seems to be mainly Same plot, same story, all her books get blended together after a while I understand formulaic, but this seems a bit too much I had the stong deja vu of having already read this book no, I haven t I was thoroughly tired of the Arcane Series They started to read alike as though written by a machine with names and places plugged in where necessary I am happy to say that Amanda Quick has returned to a spunky, brave, and adventurous heroine in The Mystery Woman, Book 2 of the Ladies of Lantern Street series.The novel has less paranormal aspects than the Arcane novels, and I am grateful for that Beatrice meets Joshua who thinks she is blackmailing his sister over some information Beatrice m I was thoroughly tired of the Arcane Series They started to read alike as though written by a machine with names and places plugged in where necessary I am happy to say that Amanda Quick has returned to a spunky, brave, and adventurous heroine in The Mystery Woman, Book 2 of the Ladies of Lantern Street series.The novel has less paranormal aspects than the Arcane novels, and I am grateful for that Beatrice meets Joshua who thinks she is blackmailing his sister over some information Beatrice might have gained in her work as a psychic.There aresinister happenings afoot with people trying to raise the dead, The Bone Man searching for Beatrice, and the Messenger on her trail.A nice read from Amanda Quick Really, really enjoyed this one Amanda Quick is reliably good, but sometimes a bit too formulaic The Mystery Woman delivered the usually good AQ experience, but felt a bit fresher that her last couple of books That quality might be attributed to this being the second book in this series, so the story feltfocused we weren t distracted with setting up the next three books or introducing a bunch of characters that we won t see again until the next book A fast, enjoyable read, and audi Really, really enjoyed this one Amanda Quick is reliably good, but sometimes a bit too formulaic The Mystery Woman delivered the usually good AQ experience, but felt a bit fresher that her last couple of books That quality might be attributed to this being the second book in this series, so the story feltfocused we weren t distracted with setting up the next three books or introducing a bunch of characters that we won t see again until the next book A fast, enjoyable read, and audiobook narrator Justine Eyre is totally in her element here with a spot on performance Definitely recommended 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