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The Perfect Poison (The Arcane Society #6)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  6,905 Ratings  ·  413 Reviews
Plagued by rumors that she poisoned her fiancé, Lucinda Bromley manages to live on the fringes of polite society, tending her beloved plants—and occasionally consulting on a murder investigation. For the notorious botanist possesses a unique talent: she can detect almost any type of poison, especially ones that have their origins in the botanical kingdom. But the death of ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published May 29th 2009 by Piatkus Books (first published 2009)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
I haven’t read this series in reading order…but having read most of the contemporary ones, which I have really enjoyed, I decided to read the ones I missed….even though I am not a great lover of historical romance.

But I am so surprised by how much I am enjoying the books set in the Victorian Era, which begins with book #1, Second Sight The author’s vivid imagery brings living in that era to life - You are transported to Victorian London……
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One of the th
Julie (jjmachshev)
Apr 21, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
Historical romance readers will be very, very happy with Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle's newest 'Arcane Society' novel, "The Perfect Poison". This is the long awaited story of Caleb Jones, founder of Jones & Jones Investigations. As a long-time and fervent (rabid might be more truthful) fan of the author, I loved how she contrived connections, both written and implied, to her contemporary 'Arcane Society' books and her Jayne Castle Harmony/St Helens books. But even if you've not ...more
May 04, 2016 Obsidian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long story short, I liked this one much better than "The Third Circle." I am still not thrilled about the lack of a true ending with these books though. The way that Amanda Quick/Jayne Anne Krentz, etc. wrote these, is that you have to read contemporary and regency books in order to follow this series. I tried to read one of the contemporary novels before, and I was not a fan. So I just tend to stick to the Amanda Quick titles.

This book follows Lucinda Bromley and Caleb Jones. Readers should be
The sixth addition to the Arcane Socirty series by Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz. Lucinda Bromley assists the police occasionally to determine if poison is involved in deaths. She assists on one that has her concerned because the poison used contained a plant that was stolen from her. In the past she was suspected of poisoning her fiancé so she consults with Caleb Jones to help her discover who the thief was.

I grabbed this from my TBR because I needed a title that began with a P for a reading ch
Mar 21, 2013 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Oh, man, this book. Let's say 2.5 stars. I should start by saying that it was definitely engaging enough to make the extensive driving that I do for tutoring less onerous. At the same time, it was kind of a mess.

I have read my fair share (or maybe more?) of romance novels, and I get how the general plot goes. They meet, they fight, they fall in love, etc. The way this book was laid out made no sense to me, though. They meet, they have sex almost immediately, they kind of fight, then in the next
Penny Watson
Mar 19, 2010 Penny Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Perfect Poison by Amanda Quick

Penelope has two great passions in her life (aside, of course, from her fly-fishing addicted husband and two rocking kids)...romantic fiction and plants. Yes, along time ago (in a galaxy far, far away) Penelope earned a degree in plant science from an ivy league university, and her obsession with plants continues to this day. So, just imagine my delight to discover a book that combines these two obsessions! The Perfect Poison by Amanda Quick is so right up my al
Jun 23, 2010 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
Krentz/Quick/Castle did her usual outstanding job with the latest Arcane Society novel. We learn more about things mentioned as institutions in the contemporary novels - Jones and Jones and Arcane style matchmaking in particular.

Although extensive references are made to other books in the series - reading this out of order is doable. Books below are in chronological order - numbers refer to publication order... [Yeah, it's as convoluted as some of her plots!:]

This is romantic suspense - it has
Apr 10, 2017 Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Primera vez que leo algo de Amanda Quick y de momento me llevo una buena experiencia. Es romántica histórica, pero se inclina más hacia el misterio paranormal que a la romántica. Aún así, las dosis son precisas y he disfrutado mucho de esta historia (y solo al terminar me di cuenta que era la número 6 de la serie).
As leader of the newly-founded paranormal investigative agency Jones & Company, Caleb Jones has his hands full. But that doesn't prevent him from taking on another assignment. A peculiar one, not really in league with what his agency deals with. This is a case of a fern-napping. Someone stole a precious, rare fern from a lady's conservatory and said lady wants the plant back. Quickly. Before she is thrown in jail because of a poison derived from her fern.
Not that Lucinda concocted that poiso
Sheila Melo
Aug 06, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Fantasic Cross-Genre Book

Fantasic Cross-Genre Book

THE PERFECT POISON is the sixth book in the Arcane Society series. The Arcane series is about a society of those with paranormal talents. The books span historicals (Amanda Quick), contemporaries (Jayne Ann Krentz) and futuristic (Jayne Castle). Arcane has a secret...there is a formula created by its founder that can enhance paranormal talents. There is a secret cabal within Arcane that is plotting to perfect and use the formula for criminal purp
Me gusto mucho este libro y me sorprendió bastante. Pensé que sería super romántico y toda esa cosa pero la verdad es que la historia se centra más en resolver los misterios que se plantean a lo largo del libro más que en el aspecto romántico en sí, quiero decir, no hay nada muy empalagoso en ningún momento, ni siquiera algo demasiado dramático, a pesar de que todo e tempo se ven rodeados de peligros y asesinatos.

Además me gustaron mucho los protagonistas y hasta me dieron gracia en ciertos mome
Apr 05, 2009 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it's interesting how Amanda Quick / Jayne Ann Krentz goes back and forth between the late Victorian era in England to contemporary US West Coast in the Arcane Society novels. I found the origins of J&J and presumably in this novel interesting and also gave a better understanding of several of the things that happen in the contemporary novels. I also appreciated the opportunity for characters from two of the former novels to make appearances in this book, as well as a ...more
Carol Evans
Apr 13, 2009 Carol Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, romance
This is another great entry in the Arcane Society series. I love these books. In this one, the heroine has a botany talent that's pretty interesting and helpful in solving crimes. The hero is a Jones, but they fit together well, and she actually realizes it. They don't spend three-fourths of the book fighting the connection like sometimes happens. It also talks about the founding of the Jones & Jones investigation agency.
Varied Books
Jun 18, 2015 Varied Books is currently reading it
Starting Audio. I've never read the book.
The Perfect Poison is probably the first historical in Jayne Ann Krentz's Arcane Society that I actually, really, really liked.  For whatever reason, I'm not entirely certain, since it doesn't stray far from the story lines of the previous two historical installments in this series.  Could be that, while I didn't really have any problem with the previous two books' characters, I didn't really care for them all that much either--I think it was the romances that didn't do it for me, even though I ...more
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Amanda Quick
First published: 2009
Length: 340 pages
Setting: London. Late Victorian.
Sex: Reasonably explicit but infrequent.
Hero: Arcane Society high ranking and member of Jones family. Sees patterns in chaos.
Heroine: thought to have killed her fiancé. ParaBotanist - can sense poisons.

Starting to get a Warehouse 13 feel, hunting for artifacts and Secret Inner Groups with Hidden Plots, the Arcane Society Victorian series continues to satisfy.

They may be pulp and
Janell Sutherland
Jul 30, 2014 Janell Sutherland rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
For my next foray into borrowed paperbacks, I read my first ever Jayne Ann Krentz book (Amanda Quick is a pen name). First to my adult knowledge, that is; it’s possible that I read one in my murky past of random books, but it didn’t stick. You know what? She’s a pretty good writer! Who knew? Besides the millions of people who’ve already read her, I mean.

The Perfect Poison is an Arcane Society Novel. Late in the reign of Queen Victoria, the Arcane Society was full of people with psychical gifts,
Dec 21, 2014 Elisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Las novelas románticas nunca me molestaron, es más, me gustan bastante. Pero desde hace un tiempo no he tenido mucha suerte con mis lecturas. Pero esto esta racha ya se ha terminado con El veneno perfecto de Amanda Quick, curiosamente nunca he leído ningún libro de esta mujer. En este libro se mezclan varios géneros literarios, el romántico, el policial y un poquito de paranormal, el resultado me gustó mucho.

Todo comienza con una simple llamada del
Arcane Society Book 6 by Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz)
Set in Late Victorian Times

Lucinda Bromley, an Arcane Society member and talented botanist, is a young woman who has the ability to detect poisons. Accused of killing her father and her fiancee by poisoning, Lucinda is not welcome in the society scene.

Caleb Jones, an Arcane Society member and descendent of Sylvester Jones who founded the society, has the ability to see patterns in unrelated instances, which is useful for a hunter. Caleb has
The Perfect Poison
4 Stars

Lucinda Bromley is a botanist with the unique ability to detect any poison but she also has a notorious reputation following the suspicious death of her fiance. When a man is poisoned by a rare fern, Lucinda fears becoming the prime suspect and requests the help of Caleb Jones, a man known for being able to decipher any clue. Soon Lucinda and Caleb are immersed in a case of murder and conspiracy and must stop a relentless scientist and a deranged madman in their
Ana T.
Nov 17, 2009 Ana T. rated it really liked it
I must confess that I hadn't picked up one of Amanda Quick's books in a long time and I was a bit undecided about reading one in the middle of a series. But Rosario's review intrigued me and the book was available so I decided to give it a go. And I am very glad that I did. I'm not sure if I will pick up the others in the series but this was a book I enjoyed.

I had no trouble with the paranormal aspects of the story and the characters' talents, they didn't overwhelm the story and the little bits
Belinda Kroll
Ever wonder what would have happened if Sherlock Holmes, the master of dispassionate problem-solving, found his equal? Yeah, me too! Especially since the BBC’s most recent incarnation of Sherlock came out and boy do I have a mind crush on him.

Back to the point, Belinda. Why should you read this book? Because it’s about a woman who knows she has a talent and isn’t afraid to use it. It’s about a man who recognizes that talent and respects her for it, even if he doesn’t understand it. It’s about tw
May 20, 2015 June rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mystery/paranormal/romance requests
Recommended to June by: novelist?
I get drawn in by the writing and the characters, but the book as a whole left me feeling disappointed. Since I was compelled to read it, probably a 3.5, but I rounded down since the ending left me disappointed - though I think I ordered another in the series. If it comes I'll probably give it a try. Maybe it is the series format...

Lucinda is a well-off, notorious botanist, who was a suspect in her father's and fiance's murder. While helping the police she discovers a poison was used in another
Sep 05, 2015 S.A. rated it really liked it
After suffering through "A Little Life", I needed to read something light and breezy. Happily, a wife of a co-worker wanted to get rid of boxes of romance novels. I'm a sucker for free books. I hauled them home and grabbed this one to read.

I have never read Amanda Quick nee Jayne Ann Krentz nee Jayne Castle, which surprises me give the sheer number of books she's written. This short novel had enough mystery and humor to keep me happy. The sex scenes were hilarious in their purple prose rampage b
Melinda Jane Harrison
I suppose that Amanda Quick is a comfort read. Two of my favorite historical romances were written by her. Ravished and Mischief. I reread Ravished all the time and this book (with paranormal elements) reminded me of that book. Two oddball characters are thrown together and must work together to solve a mystery, in this case, who stole a rare fern (loved that) and how that thief connected a series of deaths which all turned out to be murders.

Quick doesn't emote as much as she did in the beginnin
Diane ~Firefly~
A good addition to the Arcane Society series. Lucinda is talented in detecting poisons, and when she is called in by Scotland Yard about a possible murder, she recognizes her stolen plant as one of the ingredients of the poison so she hires Caleb to find the thief. Caleb soon finds this case intersects with the society's search for a scientist who was working on re-creating the founder's formula. Lucinda and Caleb work together beautifully and I love that she not only considers herself a partner ...more
This book has been on my bookshelf for quite some time. I am glad I finally read it and I'm pleasantly surprised. I didn't know that this book was the 6th in a series, nor did I know that it had some paranormal nature. It kind of had a bit of the Parasol Protectorate feel to it, by Gail Carriger. This book was much better than I anticipated. The love interest felt real without being overly done and sappy. I liked the characters and connected with them. It was a fun entertaining read with mystery ...more
Barbara ★
This is by far my favorite Arcane Society novel. I just love Caleb and Lucinda. What a strong heroine who knows her own mind and to hell with what everyone thinks. Gotta love it especially in that time period. And Caleb was like the absent-minded professor except when he was around Lucinda - how cute! Oh and, the encounter in the drying shed was so sexy and hot enough to melt your brain.

Great book with fantastic characters and an ongoing conflict to keep you interested in subsequent books. My o
Dec 28, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2014
After the last book, I gotta say I was feeling frustrated that I had to jump through this historical hoop to get to the next contemporary Arcane Society title. But after starting, I found myself really enjoying this one. Caleb Jones had made appearances in several of the previous books (including mentions in the contemporary ones), and he was definitely an intriguing character. I also appreciated the heroine in this one. Lucinda Bromley had serious pluck and her ability to detect poisons and her ...more
Jun 07, 2011 Maydayeve rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, amanda-quick
This is part of the Arcane Society Mystery of Amanda Quick. Lucinda Bromley, is a botanist with psychical talent who can sense any poison and can tell what kind of poison it is, she teamed with Caleb Jones, of the Jones Agency, a man from Arcane society also, sparks fly while they investigated the theft of Ms Bromley's fern which can induce strange dreams and affect the minds if used. This fern sounds familiar these days :-) I enjoyed unraveling the mysteries. What i didn't like is the repetitiv ...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
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Other Books in the Series

The Arcane Society (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Second Sight (Arcane Society, #1)
  • White Lies (Arcane Society, #2)
  • Sizzle and Burn (Arcane Society, #3)
  • The Third Circle (Arcane Society, #4)
  • Running Hot (Arcane Society, #5)
  • Fired Up (Arcane Society, #7; Dreamlight Trilogy, #1)
  • Burning Lamp (Arcane Society, #8; Dreamlight Trilogy, #2)
  • Midnight Crystal (Ghost Hunters, #7; Arcane Society #9; Dreamlight Trilogy #3)
  • In Too Deep (Arcane Society, #10; Looking Glass Trilogy, #1)
  • Quicksilver (Arcane Society, #11; Looking Glass Trilogy #2)

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