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Quicksilver (Looking Glass, Bk 2) (Arcane Society, Bk 11)
Quicksilver - Looking Glass, Bk 2 - Arcane Society, Bk 11 Author:Amanda Quick Virginia Dean wakes at midnight beside a dead body, with a bloody knife in her hand and no memory of the evening's events. Dark energy emanating from the mirrors lining the room, overpowers her senses. With no apparent way in or out, she's rescued by a man she's only met once before, but won't soon forget... — Owen Sweetwater inhe... more »rited his family's talent for hunting the psychical monsters who prey on London's women and children, and his investigation into the deaths of two glass-readers has led him here. The high-society types of the exclusive Arcane Society would consider Virginia an illusionist, a charlatan, even a criminal. But Owen knows better, Virginia's powers are real -- and so is the power she exerts over him simply with her presence. And if her abilities can be relied upon in the midst of great danger, they just might be the key to his investigation.« less
A delightful historical paranormal about an innocent yet "on the shelf" at 26 years old glass reader and a unique male hunter who needs to meet the right woman. They fall in love while solving a series of unusual murders. The secondary characters are great and I wish we had seen more of them. I'm looking forward to the last book of the trilogy.
Psychic Virginia Dean is a member of the Leybrook Institute, a competitor of the Arcane Society. The only real difference between the two is that people of the Institute are in trade (they sell their services) and the Society is made up of the hoity-toity nobility. When two of the Institutes psychics are murdered, the J&J Agency (owned by the new leader of the Arcane Society) hires Owen Sweetwater to investigate the paranormal deaths. Since Virginia is such a strong practitioner, Owen seeks her assistance in deciphering mirror-magic which is at the root of the crimes. Of course, Virginia becomes a target of the killer and Owen must save her life.
I enjoyed the romance between Owen and Virginia which is strange since there was little animosity or snark between them. The mystery was intriguing and rather difficult to unravel. I particularly liked the evil clockwork curiosities, a very clever creation.