The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick
This novel is a fun mix of mystery, murder, the paranormal, and romance.
The new Ladies of Lantern Street novel from Amanda Quick explores the crimes, passions, and paranormal secrets of Victorian London.
Under the plain gray skirts of Miss Beatrice Lockwood’s gown, a pistol waits at the ready. For Beatrice is a paid companion on a secret mission – and with a secret past – and she must be prepared to fight for her life at any moment.
Yet she is thrown oddly off guard by the fierce-looking man who joins her in foiling a crime outside a fancy ball – and then disappears into the shadows, leaving only his card. His name is Joshua Gage, and he claims to know Beatrice’s employers. Beyond that, he is an enigma with a hypnotically calm voice and an ebony-and-steel cane….
Joshua, who carries out clandestine investigations for the Crown, is equally intrigued. He has a personal interest in Miss Lockwood, a suspected thief and murderer, not to mention a fraudster who claims to have psychical powers. The quest to discover her whereabouts has pulled him away from his mournful impulses to hurl himself into the sea – and engaged his curiosity about the real Beatrice Lockwood, whose spirit, he suspects, is not as delicate as her face and figure.
He does know one thing, though: This flame-haired beauty was present the night Roland Fleming died at the Academy of the Occult. Guilty or not, she is his guide to a trail of blood and blackmail, mesmerism and madness – a path that will lead both of them into the clutches of a killer who calls himself the Bone Man….
Review by Heather:
Miss Beatrice Lockwood is on the run. After the murder of a close friend, she learns that someone is out to get her and do her harm. Without knowing the goal behind the madman’s search, she must flee for safety.
Joshua Gage is a man of many talents. Strong, intelligent and lethal, his best skill is finding things that go missing. When a threat is made to his sister, he’s determined to find the mysterious blackmailer and restore peace to his family. He believes a fraudulent woman claiming psychical powers to be behind both a murder and the blackmail, and he will stop at nothing to get to her.
The trap is set and the bait is too tempting for his arch nemesis to resist. After a mission gone awry, vengeance is sought. All that is needed is a woman to work the crystals and bring his beloved back to life. He knows just the woman to do it and just the man to track her down.
What starts as a mission to protect his sister quickly grows into something much greater when Josh meets the beautiful witty Beatrice Lockwood. Now he must use the woman who he is quickly falling for to reign in an even more dangerous criminal. He may lose his life or end up costing her hers. For a man who doesn’t believe in the paranormal or anything he can’t explain, he’s going to need both trust and intuition to make it through this alive. Something is amiss and he’ll need to find out what it is before it’s too late.
This novel is a fun mix of mystery, murder, the paranormal, and romance. The characters are well developed and the narration is excellently done. The plot is exciting. Another excellent story by Amanda Quick!
Review by Caroline Momof8:
This is the second in the Ladies of Lantern Street and I really like the theme of this grouping- Lady Private Detectives disguised as Ladies Companions, or Governesses put in homes to act as guardians and detectives. I hope there will be more than a trilogy from the Flint & Marsh Employment Agency.
Amanda Quick made her male protagonist quite a little different – I started to tell, but I should let the reader find out for themselves. Though the hero is not at all in the usual style, as the plot unfolds he manages to make himself into a hero almost any woman could take pleasure in.
Obviously I did. Also, I fully enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot.