Lie by Moonlight

Lie by Moonlight

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by Amanda Quick
     
 

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While investigating a suspicious death, private inquiry agent Ambrose Wells finds himself on the grounds of Aldwick Castle—and in the midst of utter chaos. The ramshackle castle is in flames—and a beautiful woman and four young girls are taking flight on horseback. It turns out that the strong-minded Miss Concordia Glade and her four bright students are

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While investigating a suspicious death, private inquiry agent Ambrose Wells finds himself on the grounds of Aldwick Castle—and in the midst of utter chaos. The ramshackle castle is in flames—and a beautiful woman and four young girls are taking flight on horseback. It turns out that the strong-minded Miss Concordia Glade and her four bright students are on the run from a notorious London crime lord who’ll stop at nothing to destroy them. Now, their only hope is Ambrose, a confirmed loner with more than his share of secrets—and more than his share of desire for the unconventional teacher. And as Ambrose and Concordia risk everything to bring down a criminal mastermind, they will also be forced to battle something even greater: the steamy passion that threatens their hard-won independence…

Editorial Reviews

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“This rousing, steamy story is a captivating read.”—Library Journal

“For fans of Quick, certainly another pleaser as romance and murder and silk flounces around.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Quick gives her fans what they want.”—Publishers Weekly

“Quick’s trademark wit and humor run gracefully throughout this suspenseful and satisfying novel, and fans and new readers alike will fall for the newest additions to Quick’s impressive collection of characters.”—Booklist

Publishers Weekly
Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) gives her fans what they want in her latest historical romance, set in a movieland Victorian England. Concordia Glade, a teacher with past secrets and unconventional ideas about educating women, meets Ambrose Wells, a "private inquiry agent" with secrets of his own and an unusual tattoo, as she and her four orphaned pupils flee Aldwick Castle, which they have set on fire to hide their escape. Ambrose escorts the lovely fugitives to safety, protecting them from the criminal mastermind and his aristocratic partner who'd kept them as part of a dastardly plan to use them for profit and pleasure. Concordia returns the favor by helping Ambrose investigate the mysterious death of a London woman. Courteous, daring, resourceful, Concordia and Ambrose can't wait to ravish each other repeatedly. Who but Quick (The Paid Companion, etc.) finds such joy in chestnuts such as the boy thief mentored by the rich man he tries to rob? Or the dilettante solving cases Scotland Yard can't? Quick plunges into every clich ("Sensation after sensation coursed through her, leaving no room for uncertainty, let alone any sense of modesty"), but energizes her fluid narration with modern sensibilities, gutsy leads and romantic excesses. There's nothing new here, but that's part of Quick's great appeal. Agent, Steve Axelrod. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Quick's quirky heroines and stoic heroes are at the fore in her latest outing. Concordia Glade figures out almost immediately that her new position as tutor to four orphaned girls isn't quite on the level. Isolated in a remote castle, they soon realize that escape, however daring, is their only recourse. However, Concordia doesn't bargain on private investigator Ambrose Wells. Wells's latest case has led him to the castle, where the escape is already in progress, and he finds himself sucked into the maelstrom, surprisingly pleased to be there. Reader Anne Flosnik has a tendency to overdramatize; nevertheless, she invests each character with unique attributes. Though her voice isn't deep enough for truly effective Quick men, it is perfect for Concordia's unconventional, modern attitudes and behavior. A welcome addition to public libraries.-Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Jamaica Plain, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Ambrose ravishes Concordia. And so goes another historical romance from the remarkably prolific Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz), author of equally numerous contemporary thrillers. In this Victorian-era mystery, freethinking governess Concordia Gale rescues her charges from certain ruin. Hired to teach four orphans at a remote castle, Concordia soon discovers the mysterious benefactor's nefarious plan: to auction off the young ladies to the highest bidder. In a MacGyver-like move, Concordia blows up the castle and she and the girls escape, with the unexpected help of Ambrose Wells, a private inquiry agent brought to the castle for his own investigations. Ambrose brings Concordia and the girls back to his stately London manse for safe keeping-the crime lord behind the auction will stop at nothing-nothing!-to get the girls back. Meanwhile, Ambrose and Concordia act on their passion. Indeed, ever since Ambrose first spied her "charmingly rounded derriere" on horseback, the two have been practicing the fine art of flirtation. And they soon discover they have much in common. Concordia is the illegitimate daughter of two radical free-thinkers, and was raised in their community of like-minded intellectuals. This makes Concordia determined and worldly. A rumored sex-scandal at the commune has ruined Concordia's reputation, and she must hide her past at all costs. Likewise, Ambrose comes from a long line of swindlers and as an orphaned teenager became a master burglar, skills he now uses as an investigator. Reformed by the wealthy Mr. Stoner (whose house he lives in, whose heir he is), Ambrose spent years in Asia studying the ancient ways of the Vanza from monks. This makes Ambrose mysterious anddisciplined. After some undercover investigations (Ambrose and Concordia are now working as a team, which may indicate sequels to come), a few murders and explanations all around, Ambrose and Concordia consummate their relationship amid the ferns in the conservatory. For fans of Quick, certainly another pleaser as romance and murder and silk flounces abound. For the uninitiated, beware: the purple prose is only a few footsteps away from high camp.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515139808
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/25/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
189,478
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“This rousing, steamy story is a captivating read.”—Library Journal

“For fans of Quick, certainly another pleaser as romance and murder and silk flounces around.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Quick gives her fans what they want.”—Publishers Weekly

“Quick’s trademark wit and humor run gracefully throughout this suspenseful and satisfying novel, and fans and new readers alike will fall for the newest additions to Quick’s impressive collection of characters.”—Booklist

Meet the Author

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.

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Lie by Moonlight 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
SuFuMV More than 1 year ago
I love Amanda Quick aka Jayne Ann Krentz's books! However, I have been disappointed with some of them, but let me tell you this book is not one of them. It caught my attention right from the get go, and it kept me wanting to know more about the four girls! Excellent read and I loved the story line. I wonder if she will write more about the Vanza society? Great read! I totally recommend buying this book! Like me, you won't be disappointed!
Anonymous 12 months ago
I loved Concordia's initiative and resourcefulness ! I am also a huge fan of Ambrose's sense of humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite authors! I've read all of her books and love them!
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Great author, but sometimes the books are so simular. This book was a pleasant nice new change. Lots of diferent twist! It' s as if she starting fresh & new again!!
loyalfanCG More than 1 year ago
She is the best writer under any name.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Amanda Quick. I was not disappointed by this book.
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GHott More than 1 year ago
It's not a terrific book, it's not a memorable book, and it's not an enthralling book. To understand the underlying Vanza you have to have read the other Vanza books. The plot is terrific and it could have been a great book but it does really fall short. I don't regret reading it and will probably read it again (it'll be like I never read it!) but I'd say to get this from the library instead of buying it.
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