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'Til Death Do Us Part
     

'Til Death Do Us Part

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by Amanda Quick
 

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The author of the New York Times bestseller Garden of Lies returns to Victorian London in an all-new novel of deadly obsession.
 
Calista Langley operates an exclusive “introduction” agency in Victorian London, catering to respectable ladies and gentlemen who find themselves alone in the world. But now, a dangerously

Overview

The author of the New York Times bestseller Garden of Lies returns to Victorian London in an all-new novel of deadly obsession.
 
Calista Langley operates an exclusive “introduction” agency in Victorian London, catering to respectable ladies and gentlemen who find themselves alone in the world. But now, a dangerously obsessed individual has begun sending her trinkets and gifts suitable only for those in deepest mourning—a black mirror, a funeral wreath, a ring set with black jet stone. Each is engraved with her initials.
 
Desperate for help and fearing that the police will be of no assistance, Calista turns to Trent Hastings, a reclusive author of popular crime novels. Believing that Calista may be taking advantage of his lonely sister, who has become one of her clients, Trent doesn’t trust her. Scarred by his past, he’s learned to keep his emotions at bay, even as an instant attraction threatens his resolve.
 
But as Trent and Calista comb through files of rejected clients in hopes of identifying her tormentor, it becomes clear that the danger may be coming from Calista’s own secret past—and that only her death will satisfy the stalker…

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A model storyteller of mystery and suspense mixed with an entrancing romance, Amanda Quick...once again holds the reader in rapt attention with 'Til Death Do Us Part...an intriguing read that keeps audiences entrenched in the lives of the characters.”—examiner.com
 
“Best-selling Quick knows what her readers want, and she delivers it in spades with her latest mesmerizing historical romance. The perfectly realized Victorian setting adds just the right dash of gothic flavor to the story, and the smartly paced plot is filled with enough goose-bump-inducing chills and sexy, romantic thrills to have readers sighing happily with satisfaction. The icing on this irresistible literary confection is Quick’s distinctive sense of wit, which remains just as delicious as ever.”—Booklist (starred review)
 
“Romantic suspense luminary Quick moves into edgy thriller territory with intelligence and aplomb and uses the backdrop of gaslight-tinted, death-obsessed Victorian London to perfection. The plot is smart and tight and the characters complex, while the subtle wink of humor toward a successful mystery author's plight and romance subplots will make fans smile. Quick's appealing new direction somehow balances Gothic intensity and lighthearted wit.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
“Quick’s ambitious Victorian historical mixes witty, occasionally self-referential banter with gothic undertones and a solid thriller plot...Along with the danger, Quick throws in a great deal of humor, a large cast of well-rounded characters, and lots of solid red herrings. This is a true delight for fans of historical romances and mysteries.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“The whole plot was so well thought out and frankly amazing...Amanda Quick is still—after all these years—a magnificent writer.”—Quite the Novel Idea
Publishers Weekly
★ 03/07/2016
Quick’s ambitious Victorian historical mixes witty, occasionally self-referential banter with gothic undertones and a solid thriller plot. Calista Langley has resigned herself to spinsterhood now that she’s in her late 20s. She runs a discreet matchmaking and salon service, pairing each singleton with a potential partner of the person’s preferred gender. She’s also being stalked by a mysterious person who leaves ominous memento mori in her house. Successful mystery author Trent Hastings, dubious about the service Calista is offering his sister, Eudora, confronts her. After some initial hostilities, he finds himself drawn to her and begins helping her investigate the stalker. They’re joined by Eudora as well as Calista’s younger brother, Andrew (a talented investigator in his own right). The four begin to uncover a series of murders, and soon their lives are threatened. Along with the danger, Quick throws in a great deal of humor (including a wonderful running gag centered on Hastings’s latest story), a large cast of well-rounded characters, and lots of solid red herrings. This is a true delight for fans of historical romances and mysteries. Agent Steve Axelrod, Axelrod Agency. (Apr.)
Library Journal
04/15/2016
Fearing that his sister is being taken advantage of by a charlatan matchmaker, popular mystery author Trent Hastings heads to Cranleigh Hall to confront the owner of the introductions agency in question. However, self-reliant, unconventional Calista Langley is not about to be intimidated, even by someone as formidable as Trent—something that both annoys and intrigues him more than he wants to admit. When he learns that Calista is the victim of a bizarre stalking, they join forces to track down the villain and are compelled to deal with their growing attraction as they are drawn into a web of murder and insanity. VERDICT An intrepid heroine and a dashing, equally brilliant hero spar their way to love in this engaging, well-plotted Victorian romance that is rife with witty repartee, fascinating historical detail, and a delicious salting of humor. Just plain fun. Quick (Garden of Lies) lives in the Seattle area. [An April LibraryReads pick.]
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2016-02-17
A Victorian matchmaker becomes the target of a macabre stalker and turns to a reclusive mystery writer for help—and when the danger escalates, so does their relationship. After inheriting a grand home but little income, Calista Langley launches her own introductions business, offering clients "an opportunity to meet like-minded people and perhaps develop friendships." When popular mystery author Trent Hastings confronts her, worried that she's taking advantage of his sister, the two get off to a rocky start, but Calista holds her own, and he finds himself attracted to the innovative business owner. When they meet again, he learns she's been receiving creepy presents from an unknown giver—memento mori items suitable for people in deepest mourning but containing her initials—and volunteers to help her get to the bottom of the disconcerting pranks. Except as they delve into the puzzle, they realize the sender has left a trail of previous recipients, each of whom has wound up dead. The stakes get higher as their investigation suggests Calista is in the sights of a serial killer, with signs pointing to an ex-suitor. Finding proof is elusive, however, while the physical dangers escalate and potential witnesses keep winding up murdered. Meanwhile, Calista and Trent, two bruised souls who expected to live solitary lives, find affinity and passion in each other, and as they open up to hope and love, other familial and friendship bonds are tightened. The couple's chance for happiness seems quite good, if they can wrap up the mystery before it kills them. Romantic suspense luminary Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) moves into edgy thriller territory with intelligence and aplomb and uses the backdrop of gaslight-tinted, death-obsessed Victorian London to perfection. The plot is smart and tight and the characters complex, while the subtle wink of humor toward a successful mystery author's plight and romance subplots will make fans smile. Quick's appealing new direction somehow balances Gothic intensity and lighthearted wit.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515156362
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/02/2017
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
152,359
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.09(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.
 
Recent titles include Garden of Lies and Otherwise Engaged, the Ladies of Lantern Street Novels, The Mystery Woman and Crystal Gardens, and the Arcane Society Novels, Quicksilver and Burning Lamp.