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The Mystery Woman (Ladies of Lantern Street #2)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  3,381 ratings  ·  408 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
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Putnam Adult (first published April 1st 2013)
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Es una novela de ágil lectura, la trama me ha gustado y mantiene un ritmo constante.
Los protagonistas son atípicos y atrayentes, resultan novedosos y eso me gusta. La relación que se establece entre ellos creo que resulta coherente con sus personalidades, el problema es que el amor llega tarde y escueto. Es la parte que cojea, el eje principal gira en torno al misterio y la relación entre ellos queda como mero añadido

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Nuria Llop
Novela con el sello inconfundible de la autora: una protagonista femenina independizada, inmersa en lo paranormal y de personalidad fuerte y atrevida, un hombre completamente racional y un misterio por resolver. La relación entre ellos se va forjando a medida que investigan y la pasión es esporádica y breve, por lo que casi resulta más interesante la trama de misterio. No es la novela que más me ha gustado de Amanda Quick, pero echaba de menos una de sus historias refrescantes, de lectura ágil y ...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.
Why do Amanda Quick's more recent books always seem like such a chore to get through? It is a bit like all the elements of a potentially good story are there but it is lacking some essential ingredient. Like salt.

I actually put this down every page or two because I was bored and somehow staring into space thinking about my to do list was more interesting. Or I would have to reread entire paragraphs because I forgot to pay attention. Somehow this didn't seem to hold my attention without my consc
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
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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
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
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
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.

Most of Quick's heroines that I've encountered so far have been strong, intelligent women, even given the time period in which the story takes place. Beatrice Lockwood is something of an exception to that. While she has only worked for the Flint & Marsh agency for a number of months, she keeps telling everyone what an experienced investigator she is, then in the very next scene acts like a stupid female. "Oh Joshua, yes, yes, yes!" And I think the reader is
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
Entertaining and I enjoyed the blend of historical with the touch of detective novel and a sprinkling of paranormal. I did laugh at the villain's monologue during the climax, but it's easily forgiven. Seems like I might have to go back and read the first to get some more lady investigators!
Arlene Allen
I actually give it 3.5 stars. I love Amanda Quick's fun, breezy paranormal mystery historical romances and the plot was quite good. I just think the characters were meh, somewhat becoming a Quick stereotype instead of some of the unusual leads she's created in the past. still, with the nine month anniversary coming up light and breezy is my road for awhile.
This is the first Amanda Quick book that I've read in a while, but it seems like there's not a lot new in the story.

Beatrice and Joshua become involved while Joshua pursues Beatrice, thinking she is the key to a mysterious blackmailer.

But both Beatrice and Joshua are retreads of typical Quick characters. She's the smart, independent woman with 'psychical' powers. He's the mysterious, powerful, but remote hero who falls for her.

The mystery isn't too hard to figure out as it becomes apparent the
It was ok. The heroine is less naive than usual and the hero is less possessive. Paranormal aspect is typical for AQ.
It has been a while since I have read an Amanda Quick novel. I grabbed it when I saw it on the shelves at my local library. The book was ok. Same old tropes I did not dislike. I love the independence of Amanda's female characters. I think I have outgrown there attraction to their flawed male counterparts. Whereas the woman have managed to look past the superficial qualities when choosing a mate then men on the other always managed to see hidden attributes (eyes, sexual response) in the women in ...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.
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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
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Ladies of Lantern Street (3 books)
  • Crystal Gardens (Ladies of Lantern Street, #1)
  • 'Til Death Do Us Part (Ladies of Lantern Street, #3)

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