The Perfect Poison (Arcane Society Series #6)

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She can detect any poison. He can decipher any clue. To find a killer, they make a perfect pair...

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Editorial Reviews

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Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) delivers her reliable blend of sex and suspense in her latest Arcane Society novel. In Victorian London, spinster botanist and psychic Lucinda Bromley meets her match in Caleb Jones, a member of the Arcane Society and descendant of an alchemist family that makes him "the stuff of myth and legend." Together, this paranormal pair of snoops sets out to track down a thief who made off with a dangerous plant implicated in the death of a wealthy lord, but wind up uncovering a sinister secret order. Quick invents two dazzling 19th-century sleuths who combine paranormal prowess and raw sexual heat. But if they excel at fooling Mother Nature, it's their all too human nature that brings this uncommon Victorian duo to life. (Apr.)

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Possessing the ability to sense the presence of poison, botanist Lucinda Bromley is often called in by local authorities for her expert opinion. Unfortunately, some think she had a hand in poisoning her fiancé. Then a nobleman is killed with poison that could only have been made with a rare fern that had been stolen from her conservatory. Together with fellow Arcane Society member Caleb Jones, Lucinda sets out to unmask the real killer. What she doesn't expect is to fall for her partner in detection. Seductiveness and clever plotting combine with Quick's classic zingy wit to produce a funny, fast-paced romp that will please readers. Another winner in the popular Arcane Society series for Seattle area-based Quick (The Third Circle). [See Prepub Alert, LJ12/08.]


—Kristin Ramsdell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515147773
  • Publisher: Jove
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Series: Arcane Society Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 714,143
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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 June 20, 2011

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    Great Read

    I loved the banter between Lucinda and Caleb. From the start what seemed like oil and water was really the bond at work. Lucy is so strong willed yet kind, intelligent and a botanical talent. Caleb is steadfast, determined yet gentle in his own way, and is a conspiracy talent. The job she hires him for soon turns out to be tied to a rather large case he's been working on for the newly formed agency - later to be known by a much more famous name. I was tickled to find out the origins of J&J. Romance, humor, action, murder, drama, an organization within another, shocking twists, this was a real page turner. I also got a kick out of the supporting characters, mainly her cousin and Caleb's new hire.
    As usual, Quick aka Krentz aka Castle, knocks it out of the park. Another great addition to the Arcane Series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

    The Perfect Poison by Amanda Quick

    The Perfect Poison, sixth in the Arcane Series by Amanda Quick, is a Victorian Era mystery whose heroine's talent for detecting poisons has her life always one step away from ruin or suspicion. Lucinda Bromley is another of Amanda Quick's unusual women who are more than a match for the members of the Arcane Society. The mystery that starts with the theft of a rare plant and takes the reader on a botanical adventure keeps you guessing right up to the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    No spoilers here that wouldn't be fair

    Just read this book you,re going to love it*****

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  • Posted November 3, 2011

    A Good Read

    Typical of the Arcane series, with a good mix of drama, romance and suspense. Not as gripping as some of the others in the series, however, but helpful in producing a larger picture of the Arcane society in general. Enjoyable to read.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    Love the story

    this is the first book i read by Amanda Quick, and i was very pleased. i liked the plant and psychical theme of this story. love the tension between the two characters and seeing the relationship grow. a very interesting and nice read.

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  • Posted August 20, 2010

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    The Perfect Poison

    I couldn't wait to read "The Perfect Poison." This novel is about Caleb Jones, whose character Quick has been building up to in all the previous stories. Caleb and Lucinda just light up the pages with their banter and you can feel the connection between them from their first scene together (which ends in an unexpected kiss). Caleb is a troubled man in many ways and Lucinda always finds a way to bring him ease -- whether it's making sure he eats properly or helping him solve a problem that has haunted him for years. They make a fabulous team and I love the way that Caleb accepts her as an equal in their investigations. He's a very modern Victoran male, in that sense. This is a fun, engaging story with the perfect blend of mystery and romance. Loved it.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    Good but not great

    I love Amanda Quick but this so far was my least favorite. The Paid Companion being my favorite. It is an easy read and the story/drama starts right away. The characters are typical of Amanda Quick books, so if you have read anything by her before....you should enjoy it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

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    WOW SHE HAS DONE IT AGAIN!!!!

    I just love Amanda Quick, and her other pen names. She knows how to keep a reader interested. It is so hard to put down once you start reading. You can picture the characters and even better you can picture their reaction to the other characters that they encounter. I love the other books in this series and cant wait to see more. I am also starting to read her other series. I know they will be just as exciting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    Where is the book?

    How can I write a review on something that has not shipped? I forgot I ordered this until I received this request.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2009

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    What thoughts the book triggered in me

    If one believes in the existence of paranormal skills and strengths then this books is pretty interesting, with a touch of murder mystery and romance. I think this book is a good story line for a movie. A strong and independent woman, who has psychic abilities to discover and sense the power in each plant, was also notorious for identifying poisons.



    Somethings that triggered a chain of thoughts .

    When I read this book, I started to understand how Edward Bach (Father of Batch Remedies) discovered flower medicines. Each plant has it own aura of strengths. Some people have the ability to distinguish as to which plant has healing powers. In essence, one is able to experience the effect of the plants just by inhaling the scent and feel the healing or ill effect of the plant.



    Another quite thought provoking event in the story is the matching making process in marriage .



    Compromises made in marriages! One may be looking for the perfect person. It so happens that one goes about searching for a person with some qualities but not always one can find all aspects in one person. The most important thing is how well two individuals enhance and nurture each other; the rest will fall in place.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

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    The Perfect ...

    This book is great for the genre. It is a bit predictable, but the characters are great and the plot was interesting. I read it one day, and loved every page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    Good story even though it was predictable

    Good story, fun characters.

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  • Posted July 12, 2009

    it was a great headline got me to buy the book i love mysteries

    I couldn't put the book down needed to read all in one day. the chararcters were funny and good. i love trying solve the mysteries. so i recommend anyone that likes mysteries and powers to read this book

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

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    Great Book

    Like all the other Arcane Society Books, this one was an excellent read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm really looking forward to reading more Arcane Society books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2009

    Arcane Doings

    I love this series -- both the historical and contemporary episodes. One day, I plan to put all the books in chronological order and re-read them from beginning to end. The research Ms. Quick puts into her paranormal "sensibilities" is terrific, and her characters are always 3-dimensional people. She must have read Mark Twain's essay on what constitutes good writing!

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  • Posted June 14, 2009

    Not disappointed with this page turner!

    Amanda Quick does it again! I can hardly wait for the next installment of the Arcane Society. Not only does she keep the mystery going, but the romance is always there too.

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  • Posted June 14, 2009

    the perfect posion

    I loved the sixth series in the arcane society.I highly recommend this book.I started the book in the morning & finished it by late afternoon.I couldn't put it down.I have been reading amanda quicks books for over fifteen years.I have every book she ever wrote.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    GIve me more of the Arcane Society

    These strong characters were long awaited. We, finally, meet the heads of the modern organization and it was thrilling ... And selecting a name for it was tricky. ha ha ha
    Always looking forward to the next story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    My reveiw

    I really enjoyed this book...I love the Arcane Society series.( I can't wait for the next.) This book made me think of what could happen and why, but balanced with humor and of course romance. I also love the way that Krentz maintains the timeline and uses previous characters that I love the frist time and hopefully meeting some new ones for the frist time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

    Love it love it

    This book is number 6 in the Arcane Society novels. They span historical, contemporary and futuristic. I love everything that Amanda Quick, Jayne Ann Krentz and Jayne Castle writes. I enjoyed this one and look forward to the next one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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