The Mystery Woman (Ladies of Lantern Street, #2)
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The Mystery Woman (Ladies of Lantern Street #2)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  2,256 ratings  ·  340 reviews
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 his sister.

The trail leads him to Beatric...more
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Putnam Adult (first published April 1st 2013)
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I like Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle A LOT. I have been reading these books for years, and I frequently purchase them as soon as they are released. Even I can admit, though, that they're all starting to bleed together, and that I am having a harder time remembering which hero/heroine did what in the increasingly blended universe that connect all of this author's books written in the last ten years. This being said, I do like how the "Arcane" universe has been created to connect past...more
This came completely out of the left field for me. The story simply didn't suck me in as Ms. Quick's novels usually do.

Let's start with the title—The Mystery Woman. That was supposed to be the heroine. To me, she was no mystery. I would've preferred her secrets to be revealed more slowly, not giving it all up front (to the reader, that is). She was also the usual Quick-heroine that often annoy me with their behavior, notions and convictions.

The hero also wasn't of much help to make me enjoy the...more
3.5 stars just because Ms. Quick dialed back her over-use of her most formulaic words and phrases (i.e. heat, heated, jacked up, raised senses, running hot, psychical, para-senses, etc.) and for a change included a hero who didn't believe in the paranormal at all, despite his own talent for finding things. While the sex scenes (I hesitate to call them love scenes because there still isn't a lot of foundation for the romance) remain eye-rollingly silly, at least there was no stock description of...more
Really, really enjoyed this one! Amanda Quick is reliably good, but sometimes a bit too formulaic. "The Mystery Woman" delivered the usually good AQ experience, but felt a bit fresher that her last couple of books. That quality might be attributed to this being the second book in this series, so the story felt more focused - we weren't distracted with setting up the next three books or introducing a bunch of characters that we won't see again until the next book. A fast, enjoyable read, and audi...more
I was thoroughly tired of the Arcane Series. They started to read alike as though written by a machine with names and places plugged in where necessary. I am happy to say that Amanda Quick has returned to a spunky, brave, and adventurous heroine in The Mystery Woman, Book 2 of the Ladies of Lantern Street series.

The novel has less paranormal aspects than the Arcane novels, and I am grateful for that. Beatrice meets Joshua who thinks she is blackmailing his sister over some information Beatrice m...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
One of the best Amanda Quick novels I've read in a long time -- it had much more "substance" so to speak than many of her books, with a greater focus on the relationship and the action than on the "psychical" elements (though they were certainly present too).

4/5 Stars
One of the best that Quick has written in years! So many of the books in the Arcane series have been the same formula with different names, interesting enough to make it through but not anything to get excited about. So I am very happy to have Quick back with this one! The story centers around former stage performer/paranormal investigator Beatrice and retired spy Joshua Gage. Gage is logical, not a beleiver in the paranormal and always finds what he's looking for while Beatrice uses her paranor...more
This should have been a much shorter book, but with the two main characters stopping to explain the obvious every five minutes it does tend to drag on. A few questions, isn't Beatrice an investigator? Why then is she astonished and sooo impressed at deductive reasoning when applied. I feel like she's this moon-eyed neophyte when she was introduced as someone a bit more capable. I don't even want to talk about the love scene, because they talked it to death...if they had really been that chatty t...more
Olga Godim
A mediocre novel. The writing is professional enough, clean and laconic, what I've come to expect from this writer, but the heroes are rather formulaic: he – a brooding 19th century knight (aka former British spy) in a slightly tarnished armor; she – a soft but mysterious damsel who can take care of herself. What is worse: the author used several plot devices I’ve already read in some of her earlier novels. Of course, plagiarizing herself is hardly a literary crime but it is rather disappointing...more
I wanted to enjoy Quick's latest book, but I couldn't. Usually, I breeze through her books, enjoying the fluff and mystery, but I had to force myself to finish this novel. Her characters had no chemistry. I felt like they were thrown together and were attracted to each other only because Quick wrote it that way. Although these types of books tend to be somewhat formulaic, this was one more so than usual. The paranormal romance has been beaten to death and I think Quick needs to find a new angle....more
I love the book, and especially the characters. These two protagonists certainly deserved each other. However, I was slightly disappointed in the ending. I would have liked a little more of a scuffle.before Victor was forced to kill his son-in-law. I was also a little disappointed that there was no mention of Arcane. All that said, it was a very good read, and I very much enjoyed it. Can't wait for the final volume in the series.
Willow Brook
Maybe 3 1/2 stars. I am too biased a Krentz/Quick/Castle fan to offer truly honest reviews of her work. Her books are like comfort food to me. I am glad she is finishing up in her PNR books and returning to straight romances. I always enjoyed those best though I grew to like her PNR's. This entry is very typical with an outlandish but interesting mystery.
3.5 stars

If you're attracted to this book because the headless, near naked model makes you think it's about a brainless bombshell who uses her body and occasional threats of violence to get her way, you're going to be disappointed. The heroine, Beatrice, instead uses her brain, determination, and misdirection to accomplish her goals; when she has sex it's because she wants to. (Full disclosure: the cover art on this so annoyed me that it negatively impacted my ability to enjoy this story.)

I’m a fan of Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) and auto-buy her books. I admit I lost interest in her Arcane series once we reached the conclusion of how Jones & Jones agency came together and she started expanding the Arcane series to include outside associates. I wanted to prep for this review by reading the last 3 books I missed, but decided it would be best to read from a new reader’s perspective without any previous knowledge as most new readers.

Amanda Quick’s The Mystery Woman is the...more
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Originally reviewed for The Book Vixen

In a Nutshell: Classic Amanda Quick historical novel with paranormal elements that I enjoyed, though don’t want to reread.

Why I Read this Book: Amanda Quick is one of my early romance authors and I return to her new books every now and again as they’re uncomplicated, know-what-you-get reads.

What I Liked: I like the maturity of Bea and Joshua’s romance. They have enough romantic tension to keep it interesting but this tension doesn’t rely on big misunderstand...more
I really appreciated the small changes that Ms. Quick/Krentz/whatever made in this book vs. Crystal Gardens: a feistier heroine, a hero who stoutly disbelieves in the paranormal, a reduction of the paranormal overall in the story, and more realistic (well, to a point) historical elements than have been in many previous books.
This was no old-time Amanda Quick, however, and there were still psychical footprints burning hot and intuitions galore. But the main male character's steadfast refusal to...more
Kelley Blanks
I've been reading Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick longer than I really want to admit. And you can almost always count on her for at least a good read. And that is all this one is: a good read, not a great one. I think the problem that I had with this one is that there didn't seem to be a great deal of character development, much less a lot of reason for the protagonists to fall in love. They simply WERE in love at the end of the book. The book is a let down in that department. Not anywhere near th...more
A.G. Lindsay
I think I may be getting a little tired of the paranormal or maybe it's the interconnectedness of the series (and not just the Amanda Quick, but ALL Jayne Ann Krentz's books.)

Although I did like the main characters Beatrice and Joshua (although calling him "Josh" sounded's probably a period nickname, but it just made the dialogue seem too modern.), the story didn't grab me. It was a fun "beach read" kind of book where you don't have to pay much attention to anything, but not overly a...more
4.5 The Ladies of Lantern Street work for a private investigation company and its employees are mostly female. These trained women often disguise themselves as companions as they solve cases and protect young woman. Beatrice Lockwood is on case to protect a young lady from a fortune hunter when she encounters Joshua North, a former spy for the crown. He assists her and then informs her he has been searching for her. Beatrice has a secret past and it’s all about to catch up with her when she is s...more
The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) is another winner by this prolific author. It continues her series The Ladies of Lantern Street and is set in Victorian London. Krentz, as Quick, has this world down cold. Her settings ring very true. Krentz also did her research on ancient Egyptian lore, which held up to the scrutiny of this amateur Egyptologist. The paranormal elements were less important in this book, but still connected it to her previous Crystal Gardens. Once again, t...more
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Amanda Quick = Guilty Pleasure.

Her books kind of have the same dynamics so you can overdose on them if you read them back to back but reading one once in a while is a sure way to spend a nice couple of hours.
Mary Buckham
I love Jayne Ann Krentz whether she's writing historical, contemporary or futuristic. She writes on that finally balanced edge between suspense, historical and romance; never forgetting that the story is ultimately about the romance. There was so much to enjoy in this novel. The heroine who is consistent and level-headed as well as being well-motivated. The hero who is complex, wounded but not to the level you can't believe he'll ever recover, and strong secondary characters. The only reason thi...more
I love when Mrs Quick delivers a nice and spooky read, and this one is very spooky, especially at the beginning. Beatrice Lockwood, an independent woman carrying a pistol hidden in the holster strapped to her thigh, and Joshua Gage, a scarred man run by reason and logic will work together in order to solve the mystery. Their passion, a madman and Egyptian embalming secrets make this novel a quick and steamy read. Although it possess the pattern every Mrs Quick's book does, it is still satisfacto...more
Alisha Tarran
I love Jayne Anne Krentz/Amanda Quick novels, and I love it with Piatkus sends me them to review because I know I'm in for a treat! Imagine my excitement when I opened a package to see not one book by her, but TWO. These books are my guilty pleasure, the books I pick up when it's been one of those days or weeks, and I need a bit of a cheer up and some fluff.

I love history, I'm a history geek and I love historical novels. I feel the appropriate amount of research was done by the author to create...more
Apr 30, 2014 Tin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
The Mystery Woman is the second book in her Ladies of Lantern Street series and features another lady employed by the Flint & Marsh agency. Beatrice Lockwood has a sketchy past, previously working as Minerva the Magnificent for Dr. Roland Fleming at the Academy of the Occult. While it was a dubious occupation, Beatrice's talent is authentic. When she discovers that her employer is murdered and that she is the target of the hired assassin, Beatrice flees with their money and assumes a differe...more
The arguments, many of which I have heard before, for the existence of ESP versus subconscious interpretation of things seen without being consciously noticed is well presented in arguments between Beatrice and Joshua throughout the book. I like the way Beatrice responds to events and conversations. She is mature, somewhat amused, and rarely speaks without thinking. Impulsive she is not. I thoroughly enjoyed her take on each situation that arises and her willingness to ignore Joshua's interpreta...more
Sheila Melo
Great Addition to the Series

THE MYSTERY WOMAN is the second book in the Ladies of Lantern Street series. Beatrice Lockwood is employed by a unique agency that hires out paid companions who are actually private inquiry agents who have paranormal talents. Beatrice encounters Joshua North, a man who is scarred and forced to use a cane. Joshua was a spy for the Crown who almost died a year ago. Now he is searching for a blackmailed and believes Beatrice to be the prime suspect. The two, however, are...more
I wanted to like this book more than I did. It's such a relief to read a romance that does not have the main character constantly distracted by the hero's muscular chest or throbbing manhood or whatever. But unfortunately, despite the fact that I basically like both characters, there really was no chemistry between them. The obligatory sex scene felt forced and contrived and I really didn't feel like I believed their eventual declarations of love.

On top of that, the gun under the skirt thing was...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Her Amanda Quick persona is definitely one of my favorites. The story starts with an action packed opening with Beatrice coming upon her employer and father figure mortally wounded with her barely escaping with her life. I like that the paranormal elements were supplemental to the mystery. There were certainly a lot of twists and turns in the story but plenty of clues to point you to the mastermind. Fast enjoyable read.
This is a fine book, as long as you understand what you're getting and don't expect anything more. It's light, fun and fluffy. It is an easy read that does not make any demands on the reader other than to go with the flow and have an escapist bit of fun.

I get Amanda Quick's books in audio format and listen to them on my daily subway commute. It's a great way to pass the time on transit, and the narrator of this series does a good job with accents, inflection and giving the characters real person...more
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Pseudonym of Jayne Ann Krentz

The author of over 40 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.

She earned a B.A. in History from the Uni...more
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