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The Perfect Poison (The Arcane Society #6)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  4,770 ratings  ·  323 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 January 1st 2009)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
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
Penny Watson
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...more
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...more
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
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.
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...more
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...more
Ana T.
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...more
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...more
I usually only read YA books, but I needed an audio book for a long car trip and I asked my husband to pick me up one in the library. He got this one and knowing absolutely nothing about it, I put it in CD player.

I have to say I was really impressed with the author's ability to write scenes that kept the tension high. I don't think there was a slow part in the novel. After listening for a bit, I thought it was a regency, paranormal mystery. And it is, but with a heavy dose of romance.

To tell yo...more
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
Janell Sutherland
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,...more
My local library wrapped several books up in brown paper, taped vague descriptions and bar codes on each and offered them up as "Blind Dates with Books" for February. On a lark, I selected this one, thinking it was more mystery than romance. It turns out to be both: a witty paranormal Victorian romantic suspense tale. Apparently there are also futuristic and contemporary stories by the same author, all involving the same mysterious and shadowy organization, though this story stands on its own.

Sheila Melo
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...more
 Barb Bailey
This book was only ok for me. Its setting was victorian England. The main characters all had extraordinary powers and many of the characters belonged to a secret society. Several of the characters were dabbling in drugs, and several more were just plain crazies. There was also paranormal and cult chapters both which turned me off. There was a bit of romance but it just did not all fit together for me. All in all...just did not go well with my cup of tea .
Perfect Poison by Amanda Quick was almost as good in a second reading as it was in the first. This book brings us back to the Victorian Era when the Arcane Society was becoming a little more organized. Lucinda, a botanist with paranormal talents with plants hires Caleb Jones, whose talents lie in the field of investigation to help find out who stole a rare fern from her conservatory. Lucinda has recently started to help the police investigate crimes where a person may have been poisoned but on h...more
Caleb Jones has sure met his match in Lucinda. I enjoy reading about two strong people coming together. It was great that Gabriel was in this story a little, nice to see him again. I like plants but I don't think as much as Lucinda does. Glad she is able to help in the Jones & Jones investigation agency ;-)
Lucinda has a talent for detecting poisons, and she can sense them in the aura around a person or a body or even in the air. In fact, the members of the Arcane Society each possess an unusual talent. But because her specialty is poison and her fiancé died from being poisoned, Lucinda is fearful that another poisoning death may lead to her arrest. She seeks help to clear her name and maybe even to restore her reputation from another Arcane member, Caleb Jones. While this novel can be read as a st...more
Ah, the Arcane Society series finally brings us the story of Caleb Jones and the founding of Jones and Jones. Another delightful romp.
Really really like this one...Quick read and while I adore Caleb, I liked Lucinda even more; truely a terrific heroine...
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Michelle Randall
If a book was written by Amanda Quick, then chances are high that I liked it. I discovered her work many years ago, and read just about everything I could get my hands on. Then she started writing the Arcane Society Novels, and I liked them even better, if that is possible! So knowing this was an Arcane Society Novel and one written by Amanda Quick, I was all over it.

I first read this about a year or so back, then last week at the library I was looking for more Arcane Society books, and I picked...more
I really enjoyed this light read and will have to go back and find the first six in the series!

Lucinda Bromley lives in Victorian London and is a member of the Arcane Society - a secretive group of people with psychical powers.

Lucinda's power is the ability to detect poison, particularly poisons of a botanical nature. Because of her ability, a policeman, Inspector Spellar, calls on Lucinda's services to help him solve crimes. These occasions are one of the few times that Lucinda leaves her home...more
Stacie  M. Ritchie
This is one of Amanda Quick’s Arcane Society books. This is a story about Lucinda Bromley, who sensational press has rivaled over the last year and a half. She is concerned, because her talent makes her realize that there is a poison out there that is from a plant that has been stolen from her conservatory. She hires Caleb Jones to track down who stole the plant and to keep her out of jail. Caleb is an intense man that has recently started a company called Jones and Company. He is intertwined in...more
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...more
In a Victorian England in which a small percentage of the population is endowed with various 'psychical' gifts, psychic botanist Lucinda is notorious for being a loose woman and an unconvicted lethal poisoner (as a matter of fact, she's neither). When she hires irascible, brooding, psychic private investigator Caleb Jones--of the famous psychic family which controls the Arcane Society--to discover who stole from her a rare, hallucinatory fern, things heat up in more ways than one.

My public libra...more
Another in the Arcane series. I must be growing accustomed to the "fantastic" psychic abilities of the characters, I guess, because I barely even flinched this time. I so love JAK's characters, dialogue, and writing, however, that I will read anything she writes and be predisposed to love it. This book was a bit reminiscent of others (Caleb shows up for breakfast every morning, both Caleb and Lucinda have younger counterparts that fall for each other, there is a Circle of bad guys, etc.) but sin...more
I found The Perfect Poison to be yet another hit in Amanda Quick's series of arcane society novels. I've been a fan of Ms. Quick's for several years, and I generally enjoy anything she writes. But as someone who likes things with a paranormal side to them, I've found that I have a special preference for her arcane society novels. It's always interesting to pick up a book in the series and learn what paranormal "gift" Ms. Quick has masterfully thought out and created for the main character(s).

Again, I’m reading a series out of order and started with The Perfect Poison in The Arcane Society series by Amanda Quick. Even though this is book six in the series I don’t think it hurt my understanding of the world created at all. In fact, the little teasers to reappearing characters made me all the more interested in reading the earlier books. This book follows botanist Lucinda after she enlists the help of Caleb Jones to help her clear her name of any wrong doing in a poisoning. With Caleb’...more
If I could give this book four and a half stars I would! Four stars just doesn’t seem like enough but at the same time I hesitate to give it five stars. It was one of the better books from the Arcane series by Quick/Krentz that I have read. I have enjoyed all of them but this one I enjoyed more.

The characters were very interesting. I usually enjoy reading Amanda Quick’s novels because her heroines are usually quite entertaining. Lucinda was no disappointment. Her psychic power was unique as was...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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