This spirited paranormal romance is the latest in Krentz's Arcane Society series (which includes some novels, like the recent Second Sight, written as Amanda Quick). Clare Lancaster, like her parents and grandparents, is a member of the clandestine Arcane Society, an association of parasensitives who are dedicated to the study of the paranormal. Clare's extraordinary abilities as a human lie detector make even other paranormals uneasy, with the exception of her half-sister Elizabeth. Elizabeth's troubled marriage brings Clare to Arizona and into the family circle. There, Clare finally meets Archer Glazebrook, her biological father, but she also meets Jake Salter, another highly talented parasensitive who turns out to be on assignment from Jones & Jones (the investigative arm of the Arcane Society) to track down a possible plot to take over the society. The cabal he's after has some connection to the still-unsolved murder of Clare's objectionable brother-in-law months before. More murders follow, and Jake and Clare have to work together to save themselves and the society. Krentz delivers another evocative romance, complete with engaging dialogue and explicit sex scenes, but the real meat of the plot concerns the sleuthing: that a charismatic alpha male finally meets his mate is icing on another densely plotted Krentz confection. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Claire Lancaster has had an interesting year, having discovered that she is the daughter of Archer Glazebrook, owner of a huge corporate empire in Arizona. She meets her half-sister Elizabeth and determines that Elizabeth's husband, Brad, is trying to kill his wife. Yet it is Brad who ends up dead, with Claire discovering the body and being accused of his murder. Though she is never charged and returns to her home in California, she loses her fiancé and her job when word gets out. Now Archer has called Claire back to Arizona to ask her to chair his new charitable foundation. Little does Claire know that she is stepping into a new adventure that leads to additional murders, a conspiracy, and the love of her life, Jake Salter. This book is part of Krentz's Arcane Society series, where the characters have paranomal powers. Claire is a natural lie detector and Jake a hunter, with skills they both use to solve the various murders and discover the plans of the Cabal, an organization that wants to destroy the society. Kathy Garver and David Colacci do a masterly job of reading, alternating chapters while acting out the various parts. Some may find it disconcerting; others will enjoy the idea. For public library romance collections and libraries where Krentz has a following.
A wealthy family of Arizona paranormals wrestles with the murder of one of its favorite sons, in Krentz's latest standardized romance-suspense hybrid (All Night Long, 2006, etc.). The Glazebrooks are a family of psychics-each ranking higher or lower on the Jones Scale of the Arcane Society, an organization devoted to psychic and paranormal research. Six months ago, Clare Lancaster, the highest ranker on the Jones Scale, was sought out by her stepsister Elizabeth for help with her abusive marriage. Clare and Elizabeth, who share the same father, met for the first time-Clare's mother had an affair with Arizona businessman Archer Lancaster more than 30 years ago, and Clare never knew him growing up. After the two met, Elizabeth's princely husband, Archer's colleague Bradley McAllister, was murdered, and Clare was roundly blamed because she meddled in his and Elizabeth's marriage. Now it's July, and Clare has been summoned by the patriarch to the Stone Canyon, Ariz., family estate to discuss her taking over a new charitable foundation Archer wants to establish. Soon, Clare meets Jake Salter, the seemingly plain but sharp-eyed private investigator for the Jones & Jones firm hired independently by Archer and the Arcane Society. In fact, the elusive Jones & Jones firm's main task is to guard the founder's psychic formula, which apparently transforms its users into "ruthless, psychically enhanced, highly unstable sociopaths." While Clare, the human lie-detector, swoons over Jake, who has misrepresented his psychic abilities in order to work undercover, and the two delve deeper into Brad's shadowy dealings, Clare is attacked by Brad's deranged-by-grief, alcoholic mother, Valerie Shipley. Thepsychic edge intrigues, but the effect is diffused in this small society of sameness.