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The Mystery Woman (Ladies of Lantern Street, Bk 2)
The Mystery Woman - Ladies of Lantern Street, Bk 2 Author:Amanda Quick Beatrice Lockwood, one of the intrepid ladies of Lantern Street, is in the middle of a case when her past comes back to haunt her. Joshua North, a former spy for the Crown, has come out of a self-imposed retirement after a disastrous case that left him scarred and forced to use a cane. He is hunting the villain who is blackmailing hi... more »s sister.
The trail leads him to Beatrice who is his chief suspect. But when he realizes that she is not the blackmailer they set out to find the real extortionist. Passion flares between them as they dodge a professional assassin. Meanwhile a mysterious scientist intent on resurrecting his dead lover using an ancient Egyptian formula for preserving the bodies of the dead is also hunting Beatrice. He is keeping his dead love perfectly preserved in a special, crystal-topped sarcophagus filled with the special fluid. But he needs Beatrice's paranormal talent to activate the reviving properties of the preservative in the coffin. Time is running out for everyone involved.
The two cases collide at a mysterious country-house filled with artifacts from ancient Egyptian tombs. The drama concludes in the mad scientist's laboratory where Joshua discovers that the past he thought was dead is still very much alive -- sort of.« less
I'm afraid Ms. Quick's stories are thinning out. This one was not like previous ones that I pored over and enjoyed thoroughly - more mediocre mystery. The characters - one of which was from another book - were not particularly affecting. Perhaps it's time to start another series...
I don't normally read romance, and I have an excuse for this book, in that I really was not aware it was considered a romance. That said, I enjoyed Ms Quick's writing and the story! It was a fun read, and took me into the world of gas lighting and horse-driven carriages. What fun! I highly recommend it!