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Under the plain gray skirts of Miss Beatrice Lockwood’s gown, a pistol waits at the ready. For Beatrice is a paid companion on a secret mission—and with a secret past—and she must be prepared to fight for her life at any moment.

Yet she is thrown oddly off guard by the fierce-looking man who joins her in foiling a crime outside a fancy ball—and then disappears into the shadows, leaving only his card. His name is Joshua Gage, and he claims to know Beatrice’s employers. Beyond ...

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Under the plain gray skirts of Miss Beatrice Lockwood’s gown, a pistol waits at the ready. For Beatrice is a paid companion on a secret mission—and with a secret past—and she must be prepared to fight for her life at any moment.

Yet she is thrown oddly off guard by the fierce-looking man who joins her in foiling a crime outside a fancy ball—and then disappears into the shadows, leaving only his card. His name is Joshua Gage, and he claims to know Beatrice’s employers. Beyond that, he is an enigma with a hypnotically calm voice and an ebony-and-steel cane. . . .

Joshua, who carries out clandestine investigations for the Crown, is equally intrigued. He has a personal interest in Miss Lockwood, a suspected thief and murderer, not to mention a fraudster who claims to have psychical powers. The quest to discover her whereabouts has pulled him away from his mournful impulses to hurl himself into the sea—and engaged his curiosity about the real Beatrice Lockwood, whose spirit, he suspects, is not as delicate as her face and figure.

He does know one thing, though: This flame-haired beauty was present the night Roland Fleming died at the Academy of the Occult. Guilty or not, she is his guide to a trail of blood and blackmail, mesmerism and madness—a path that will lead both of them into the clutches of a killer who calls himself the Bone Man. . . .

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In the latest Ladies of Lantern Street mystery, things thought long dead occupy Beatrice Lockwood's mind. First, she is threatened by a former British spy who believes that she is attempting to blackmail his sister. Even when that danger is past, new ones arise. The search for the real extortionist exposes our lady sleuth and her new partner to a persistent professional assassin. Meanwhile, an obsessed scientist wants Beatrice to use her paranormal skills to revive his dead lover. All matters converge towards a climax in a remote rural setting where weird new surprises lurk. Paranormally thrilling.

Publishers Weekly
If not exactly a taut thriller, Quick’s second Ladies of Lantern Street installment (after 2012 ‘s Crystal Gardens) is a breezy, fast-moving Victorian whodunit. Our intrepid heroine, the attractive and resourceful Beatrice Lockwood, is an agent for the private inquiry firm of Flint & Marsh, a sort of prefeminist detective agency staffed by women with extrasensory abilities. Through a series of deft plot twists, Beatrice’s powers are brought to bear on solving the murder of her boss, finding a blackmailer, and stopping a mad scientist from using an Egyptian artifact to resurrect the dead. Quick applies the fantastical elements with a light touch as Beatrice explores her growing romance with Joshua Gage, a formidable, legendary ex-spy with whom she finds herself allied and magically connected. The dialogue throughout rings true and is often clever. Some weak spots in the plot might dismay hard-core mystery fans, but the novel as a whole is likely to delight fans of romantic period fiction. Agent: Steven Axelrod, the Axelrod Agency. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
A woman with psychic powers and a man who believes only what he can see make a formidable pair. Miss Beatrice Lockwood worked with Roland Fleming at the Academy of the Occult until he was brutally murdered. After fleeing the scene, Beatrice was fortunate to find a job with Flint & Marsh, a pair of talented women who provide paid companions with paranormal talents. While serving as a companion to a lady who's been targeted by a fortune hunter, Beatrice is approached at a ball by handsome, mysterious Joshua Gage, aka Mr. Smith's Messenger. Gage, who carried out assignments for the government before he was badly hurt, has come out of retirement to aid his sister, who's being blackmailed by someone, with all signs pointing to Beatrice as the culprit. Despite his suspicions, Gage is immediately attracted to Beatrice, who agrees to go with his sister to a house party at Alverstoke Hall, where the blackmailer has set up a meeting. The blackmailer is found murdered, and Beatrice is nearly kidnapped by the assassin known as the Bone Man, the same man who killed Fleming. Realizing that Beatrice is the target and the blackmail just a scheme to lure her into a dangerous situation, she and Gage flee, posing as a married couple until they can return to London. There, they mount a desperate campaign against an unknown enemy who will do anything to get what he wants. The second in the Victorian Ladies of Lantern Street series, though not the best of Quick's popular romantic mysteries (Crystal Gardens, 2012, etc.), still contains all the requisite elements: romance, sex, mystery and clever repartee.
Library Journal
Shocked when her boss and mentor at Fleming's Academy of the Occult is murdered and she barely escapes the lethal Bone Man, psychically gifted Beatrice Lockwood disappears and reemerges as an agent for the private inquiry firm Flint & Marsh as one of the intrepid, enigmatic Ladies of Lantern Street. But Beatrice is not quite as well hidden as she would like to be. When Beatrice is spotted at a ball by master sleuth Joshua Gage, who suspects her of blackmailing his sister, and he comes to Beatrice's aid during an attempted kidnapping, the two are thrown together in a bizarre, dangerous adventure with some unexpected twists. VERDICT A smart, self-sufficient heroine who can "see" people's footprints and a tenacious, wounded hero with an uncanny ability to find whatever he seeks struggle against the incendiary attraction that flares between them as they work to uncover the truth, deal with a crazed scientist, unmask a villain (or two), and stay alive in the process. A clever, fast-paced romp from the ever-creative Quick (Crystal Gardens), who lives in Seattle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399159091
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Series: Ladies of Lantern Street Series , #2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Amanda Quick is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author, under various pen names, of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers; there are more than 35 million copies of her books in print. She lives in Seattle.

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  • Posted April 24, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Another historical mystery/romance with a bit of a paranormal be

    Another historical mystery/romance with a bit of a paranormal bent by Jayne Anne Krentz’s alter ego Amanda Quick .
    The Ladies of Lantern Street are private investigators with a little extra.  They each have a paranormal talent.  Beatrice Lockwood came to work for the Ladies after her previous employer was murdered and now his murderer is looking for her.   Joshua North doesn't believe in the paranormal but has the reputation of being able to find anyone.  He has found Beatrice and now so has the man who killed her former employer.  Joshua needs to keep Beatrice safe but can he keep his heart safe too?
    I love these stories.  The mix of mystery, romance and humor are a fantastic way to while away a rainy afternoon.  Literary escapism at its best.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2013

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    I was very hesitant to give this book a chance after hating Crys

    I was very hesitant to give this book a chance after hating Crystal Gardens but loving most other works by Amanda Quick.

    this one is a masterpiece. I recommend getting this in print because the audiobook narrator is horrible I had to return the audiobook and got the print version and finished this in a day and loved it. I wasn't wandering off to do other stuff. It is written exquisitely.


    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Highly recommended!!!!!

    As usual Jayne Ann Krentz has hit it out of the ballpark! I think I've read everything Ms. Krentz has written, including all the Harlequins...She always keeps you involved in her plots and you can't wait to get to the end & then you read it all over again, just to make sure you did'nt miss anything....

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    good summer read

    It was not herbest work but it was a nice summer at the beach book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2013

    Terrific Reading

    I have all Amanda Quick books, and all of the Jayne Anne Krentz books, and have the Jayne Castle books also.
    I would recommend any books that Jayne Anne Krentz writes, truly I can hardly wait until the next book.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2013

    READ IT. YOU WON't BE Sorry

    I like anything written by Jayne Ann Krentz, Jayne Castle or Amanda Quick. (All the same person as most of you know.) She never disappoint. Before I got my Nook, I bought all her books in hardcover as soon as they were available. If Nook didn't release her books at the same time, I would still buy hardcover (or paperback if that was the method of release.) She is one of my favorite authors. This is a new series but just as habit forming as all her others are.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    I have read all of Amanda Quicks books and most of Jayne Ann kre

    I have read all of Amanda Quicks books and most of Jayne Ann krentz and she never disappoint. This book was good 
    But I felt that it was a bit rushed. I didn't feel the humor she usually has in her books and I also felt the romance was a bit lacking.
    Even the sex scenes were rushed. I didn't feel all warm and fuzzy. The plot was good, and interesting but that was it. I don't feel it was Amanda's best, just good.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2013

    Perfect sequel...tie ins (or back) to the first in the series bu

    Perfect sequel...tie ins (or back) to the first in the series but very easily stands on its own as well. Great mix of mystery and mayhem, romance, and a great plot to boot!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    Awesome book by an awesome author

    I love how Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle writes. The back story and twists and turns in this book were unexpected and surprising. Plus we get to read more about Marsh and Flint, which helped develop the agency's image more from the description of Crystal Gardens. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves paranormal, Quick, or historical writings.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    A die-hard fan of everything JAK/AQ/JC

    I love just about everything Jayne Ann Krentz has ever written, all the way back to her Stephanie James Harlequins. Her Amanda Quick historicals were my first reads, but as I became aware of her genres under different names, I became a huge fan of her entire body of work. I own nearly every book she has ever written, so my opinion is that her main competition is her other genres. My favorites are the ARCANE SOCIETY sagas that cross her three genres. However, the "Ladies of Lantern Street" historicals are a nice "temporary" break from the Jones Family. "The Mystery Woman" brings us an unusual hero. I liked that he was not the cookie-cutter version of magnetic, rich, handsome, titled English gentleman. This may be my favorite Quick since The Perfect Poison. It's a must for a fan, and a good intro to her style if looking for a different type of historical.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Great, can't wait for the next book

    Love this author, and her other names

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

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    1 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2014

    I think the writing was very descriptive and there was great cha

    I think the writing was very descriptive and there was great character development.  Some of the terms like psychical annoyed me. It's not a word. I think the plot line was a bit too predictable. I look forward to reading more. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    excelent

    excellent as always..a very good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Highly Recommend - you should check this book out

    I love this new series from Amanda Quick, can't wait for the
    next book in the series. If you haven't read this series, pick up

    Crystal Gardens (Ladies of Lantern Street Series #1) to get started.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Great escapist read.

    Entertaining...kept my interest...hard to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    A Perfect Quick

    Just what I wanted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    The Mystery Woman

    I enjoyed this story very much. I have never been let down by one of Amanda Quick's, aka Jayne Ann Krentz, stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    So So

    Surprized, not as good as the others by Amanda.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    Outstanding. Highly recommend for all Amanda Quick fans.

    Amanda Quick writing another in her female para-normal series. The strong female lead and strong male counterpart coming together to solve a mystery in 19th century England is always a plus for this reader. Throw in a little English history or spy craft of the day and I enjoy the story more. Our heroine, Beatrice Lockwood, is possessed of some psychical abilities which she uses in her role as a agent for the investigative firm of Flint and March. On her current mission she meets Joshua Gage, a former British agent and non believer in psychical matters. Their meeting and subsequent working arrangement involving blackmail, murder, and kidnapping weaved through with Egyptian mythology make for great story telling in mystery and romance Amanda Quick style.

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