The Perfect Poison (Arcane Society Series #6)

The Perfect Poison (Arcane Society Series #6)

by Amanda Quick

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ISBN-13: 9780399155802
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 04/21/2009
Series: Arcane Society Series , #6
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Amanda Quick is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers. She writes historical romance novels under the Quick name, contemporary romantic suspense novels under the Krentz name, and futuristic romance novels under the pseudonym Jayne Castle. There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print.

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The Perfect Poison 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 110 reviews.
lovetoreadAR More than 1 year ago
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.
BuffalogalKB More than 1 year ago
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.
susanamper on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Another in the Arcane Society series. Here Lucinda Bromley is a fallen woman, having been accused of poisoning her fiance. Caleb Jones helps her untangle several other mysteries. A very quick read. Similar to others in the series but an enjoyable read nonetheless.
TammyGant on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Just finished this book. Those who are interested in the paranormal, especially with the added spice of romance, will really enjoy this book. I also just realized that I had another "Arcane Society" novel sitting in the "to read" section of my bookcase (it's been there over six months). Now I can't wait to get to it!
SunnySD on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Lucinda Bromley has a reputation, and not one that ladies in Victorian England aspire to - not quite a black widow, if only because she's never actually been married. An expert in plant-based poisons, Lucinda's called in when a wealthy gentleman dies under suspicious circumstances. Lucinda identifies the poison - and realizes she has a problem. The poison that killed him bears traces of a rare plant specimen stolen from her greenhouse, a plant that, as far as she knows, no one else in London possessed. She's going to need a detective versed in strange goings on. Good thing she knows of one.Caleb Jones has a strong talent. It's kept him in and out of trouble for most of his life, but he's afraid it's driving him mad, a family curse. He's never been tempted to settle down. Not, that is, until he meets the woman society knows as "Lucrezia" Bromley. Now he just has to catch a killer and convince the lady. Three guesses as to which will be more difficult!Classic Quick. Predictable, but charming for all that she's written better.
phyllis2779 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Not a bad read. Went fast and kept my interest but pretty much interchangeable with any of the other Arcane Society novels.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Lucinda Bromley is a suspected poisoner with a talent for botany and for detecting poisons. Caleb Jones is a private investigator with a talent for making connections. Together, they seek a scientist who is recreating a dangerous formula which enhances psychic abilities.Quick's Arcane Society novels are not my favorites of her many books, but this is one of the better ones.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Historical romance readers will be very, very happy with Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle's newest 'Arcane Society' novel, "The Perfect Poison". This is the long awaited story of Caleb Jones, founder of Jones & Jones Investigations. As a long-time and fervent (rabid might be more truthful) fan of the author, I loved how she contrived connections, both written and implied, to her contemporary 'Arcane Society' books and her Jayne Castle Harmony/St Helens books. But even if you've not been following any of those books, "The Perfect Poison" is a perfect delight.Lucinda lost her father, his business partner, and her fiance within two horrible months a year and a half ago. However, it was the fiance's death that caused Lucinda's infamous notoriety. You see, when the fiance of an expert botanist dies...well, rumors run rampant; and the ton loves nothing more than a good, juicy scandal! Lucinda is also a member of the Arcane Society and assists a certain local police inspector (also a Society member) in determining death by botanical means. So when she's called to assist in the inspector's latest case, and discovers the means of death was not only poison--but poison from an extremely rare plant that was recently stolen from her conservatory... well, she calls upon the unique services of Caleb Jones, psychical investigator.Caleb has his hands full with his new agency. As a strategic and hunter 'talent', his skills make him uniquely qualified, and quite gratified, to do this type of work...if he just didn't have to deal with PEOPLE. Caleb also has another little problem. You see, he's pretty sure he's inherited the insanity that comes with his particular family talent and fears his descent into madness is closer than ever. But it only takes a few minutes in Lucinda's company for Caleb to realize something amazing...she calms his tension and invigorates his passion. And for a man who can't pass up a puzzle, she's the most interesting puzzle he's ever seen.But there's trouble ahead for these two. A group of power hungry talents have created their own society within the Society. Their aim is to recreate a dangerous drug that can enhance psychic talents...but also kills. It's up to Caleb and Lucinda (despite Caleb's protests) to stop them.There's so much I enjoy about Quick's writing. Her historical novels have lots of sensual tension, but the actual deeds themselves are few and mostly PG-rated. Not to say I'm averse to hotter, but it's still a fairly easy gauge for me...if it's a Quick novel, it's PG. Also, her wonderful and witty dialogue always lures me into another chapter...and another chapter...and another chapter...until I look up and find myself done with the book and wanting to go back and read it again! There's humor, passion, suspense, very little real violence, a tidy mystery, and always a happy ending. Who can resist?
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Fun and attention getting. Read it in one day.
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Just read this book you,re going to love it*****
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LinMarie More than 1 year ago
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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