Lie by Moonlight [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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…



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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101214879
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/7/2005
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 56,020
  • File size: 341 KB

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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  • Posted December 16, 2010

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    Not A Disappointment!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Nice change

    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!!

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    She is the best writer under any name.

    She is the best writer under any name.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    Lie by Moonlight is a good book.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2006

    Unable To Put It Down

    'Lie By Moonlight' is one of the best romance novels I have read in a long time.From the first page to the last page, you will be spellbound by the plot, the characters, the theme of the book. The book is so riveting that I finish it within 12 hours.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2005

    I finished this in one day! LOVED IT!!

    I've been trying to read as many of Ms. Krentz's books as possible(I'm calling on herpublisher to PLEASE rerelase 'Orchid'!! I NEED to read it!), and I'm getting the impression that a new fire has been lit under the author. Her last series was nice, but I guessed the ending before getting midbook. This story was wonderful, while not straying from her basic recipe of 'strong woman meets strong man, the hilarity enuses', she added more intrigue, suspense, and laugh outloud passages to the mix. Brava to Ms. Krentz and please don't stop!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2005

    ROMANTIC, SUSPENSEFUL, AND RICH IN PERIOD DETAIL

    Surely one of the most prolific writers working today this author turns out bestsellers under three different pen names. Rather than an effort to be mysterious, she explains that 'the three names are designed to let readers know which of my three different worlds they will be getting when they plunk down their hard-earned money for one of my books.' There surely is a lot of 'plunking down' going on as her titles, whether by Amanda Quick (historical settings) or by Jayne Ann Krentz or Jayne Castle (paranormal focus), make cash registers ring. Lie By Moonlight, her latest in the history/romance field is typical Amanda Quick, which is precisely what readers' want - suspenseful, romantic, and rich in Victorian period detail. Consider the opening lines: 'Midnight in a fog-shrouded graveyard. There could be no darker place on the face of the earth....' Who can resist reading on? Concordia Glade is a twenty-something teacher with unique notions about education. She accepts a position as headmistress to four young orphaned heiresses, and journeys to a lonely old castle, Aldwick, to take up her task. Her charges are charming, their welfare seen to by an unknown person of wealth. However, Concordia's enthusiasm begins to wane when she finds that her predecessor vanished without a trace and, even worse, she suspects that there is an evil plot to sell the girls as courtesans. Meanwhile, in far off London, Ambrose Wells, a 19th century private detective has agreed to investigate the death of a young woman. His research takes him to the grounds of Aldwick Castle, where to his astonishment he finds the building afire, dead bodies about, and a woman and four girls riding off on horseback. Will Ambrose champion the five? Of course, he will. Will he and Concordia be attracted to one another? This is a Regency romance. But, who is behind the vile plan to sell the girls and why? - Gail Cooke

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Outstanding and unputdownable

    In the latter part of Queen Victoria¿s reign, Miss Concordia Glade accepts a position at Aldwick Castle as headmistress to four teenaged orphan girls. She gradually becomes aware that her employers are up to no good especially when she overhears them talk about auctioning off the girls. The place is well guarded making it almost impossible to get away but Concordia and her wards build and set off explosives that cause a diversion so that they can get to the stables...................... Once there they are caught by one of the guards but inquiry agent Ambrose Wells appears in the stables and helps them flee to his townhouse in London. He was hired to find out who killed Nellie Taylor. His investigation leads him to crime lord Alexander Larkin who is behind the auction that will soon take place. Ambrose intends to keep Concordia and her teenagers safe while he also seeks evidence that he can take to the police. Concordia, who believes she is the equal of any man, helps him until one of the perpetrators concludes she knows too much and must be gotten out of the way........................ Amanda Quick can always be counted on for quirky characters that don¿t fit into society and as a result are freer than most of their peers, but also find ways to get in trouble. While working together the two protagonists realize they are attracted to one another while the teen quartet play matchmaker nudging them along until one of them proposes marriage. LIE BY MOONLIGHT is one of MS. Quick¿s most charming and entertaining historical romantic investigative novels that she has ever written................... Harriet Klausner

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