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Lie by Moonlight (Vanza #4)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,745 Ratings  ·  149 Reviews
While investigating a suspicious death, private inquiry agent Ambrose Wells finds himself on the grounds of Aldwick Castle--and in the midst of utter chaos. The ramshackle castle is in flames--and a beautiful woman and four young girls are taking flight on horseback. It turns out that the strong-minded Miss Concordia Glade and her four bright students are on the run from a ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published June 7th 2005 by Jove Books (first published 2005)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I really enjoyed Lie by Moonlight, and I think a huge part of its charm was listening to it on audio. The narrator has a great voice, she speaks with an English accent, and she modified her voice for the various characters, based on class, gender, and personality. I like how she captured the Victorian feel--both a mystery vibe and a romantic in a classic way vibe. She showed the chemistry that Concordia and Ambrose shared, and also she conveys the sense of family between Concordia and the girls, ...more
Jul 07, 2015 Daniella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lie by Moonlight had the necessary elements that made it a standard Amanda Quick novel--a stoic hero, an eccentric heroine, a mystery, and a love that blossomed under dangerous circumstances--but there was a certain je ne sais quoi to it that made it very special and very unique even to a well-read and avid AQ fan such as myself. I've read so many of her books now that I've come to recognise a familiar formula in most of them, but that never really bothered me because Ms. Quick almost always man ...more
Jan 08, 2012 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read and an intriguing mystery.

Amanda Quick seems to get better with each new book. She also seems to be one of the few romance writers who can come up with a heroine -- Concordia Glade, in this story -- who is more than just the usual Lady Doormat. Concordia has a backbone without being a b**ch, is sensitive without being simpering and intelligent without over-apologizing for it. She's a woman with modern ideals trapped in a time where that and her unusual upbringing are scandalous
Feb 20, 2016 Gieliza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: absolute-fave
5 stars!

I was initially going to give this 4.5 stars, but that ending pushed it to a full 5. No wonder this is the last Vanza book. I did not see that nice twist coming.
Margaret Sisu
Jan 16, 2012 Margaret Sisu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like romance, I like historicals, I like mystery. Amanda Quick combines all 3 like no other, with more than a dash of that invaluable ingredient--humor. An author whose books I reread again and again. I own them all!
Mar 07, 2016 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my all-time favorite Amanda Quick books and when I saw it on audiobook, I snagged it. Ann Flosnik is an amazing narrator and certainly does this justice.

I adore this book for many reasons. I love the heroine and her unconventionality. I love that the hero loves her unconventionality. I love that the students love their teacher and consider her a fantastic role model but also stick up for her (although it is unnecessary). I love that the hero doesn't take money for his services fro
Jul 22, 2012 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am becoming a fan of her books. This one held my interest, and the interaction between the characters was superb. I loved the mystery and the whole story really flew off the pages. Finished it in one day, up until 3 am to finish...would recommend this one!
It was the first of Amanda Quick that i read and i LOVED it. Others which i read later, i found very lengthy and not upto its liking.
Jane (PS)
Jun 05, 2010 Jane (PS) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Listening on CD - nearly finished and I have really enjoyed it. Given I purchased this, I'll certainly listen to it again...
Jul 29, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best romance books I have read in a really long time. The ending even left a happy tearful smile on my face.
Aug 17, 2010 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i only read this one! i didnt even realize it was a series!
Dec 26, 2012 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best of the series.
Kathi Sharp
May 19, 2010 Kathi Sharp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
With every Amanda Quick book I read I seem to find my new favorite couple but Concordia Glade and Ambrose Wells have got to be the absolute best couple (or at least equal with Lavinia Lake and Tobias March). She is intelligent (of course), resourceful, perceptive and a fierce protector of her students. He is the embodiment of the knightly virtues. It is a joy to watch them fall in love.

The wit and humor in Lie by Moonlight had me literally laughing out loud. The mystery of Aldwick Castle and the
Dec 19, 2012 Auggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleased with this Romance, mostly because the story was so interesting. This teacher, Concordia (What a name!), escapes a burnings castle (they set the castle on fire themselves by the way) with her students. Bad guys are on their tail and it's up to our heroine to save the lives of these young women.

In comes tall, dark, and handsome. Ambrose kind of takes over, but not really because our heroine didn't have things under control. His showing up is more of just a happy accident. So, we don'
Jan 19, 2008 Juliana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This was recommended to me, and I'd decided I ought to know more than nothing about the romance genre, so here we go.

The good:
-I did not at any point want to throw the book across the room.
-There was at least some explanation for why Victorian characters had suspiciously modern attitudes towards sex and gender (and let's face it, traditional Victorian morals are pretty squicky.)
-I was kind of amused at times.

The bad:
-Definitely many *eyeroll* moments
-What, you think there was realistic just
Melissa Levine
Jul 26, 2015 Melissa Levine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
My most favorite part in this book was after Ambrose and Concordia, were found together in the middle of the night by one of the girls. The next morning as Concordia heads off to the library to get ready for the girls classes, the girls decide to have a chat with Ambrose. Basically informing him that although Concordia knows a lot, she's pretty much clueless when it comes to being with men. That was just priceless. haha

One question though...what was with the flower tattoo? How was that Vanza rel
Stacie  M. Ritchie
Concordia Glade is a respectable governess to young girls. She accepts a once in a lifetime position and realizes something is very wrong from the beginning. When her four students are threatened, she breaks them out with the help of a mystery man. They contrive to hide once they are in London. The mystery man, Ambrose Wells, is intrigued by the group and invites them to stay in his home. The sparks that fly between him and Concordia are great, and they can’t avoid them. The intrigues that happe ...more
Cheri D Mendenhall

I liked this book, it has Jayne Ann Krentz's sense of humor and unconventional for the Victorian era. I liked how she wove the threads of the mystery together to get it solved.
Sep 15, 2012 Lara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-in-2012
This book starts with action and keeps going for a while. The heroine is unconventional, and willing to risk her life for her charges. Despite her upbringing, she is rather naive, and doesn't understand how what she experiences compares to what she has seen in terms of men's interests in her.

I was initially worried about including the young ladies, but found that they added a light energy to the story and kept Cordelia on her toes. I was pleased that the villain was a bit unconventional as well,
Nancy Anderson
Not my genre so will not rate. But a good book by a good author.
Book 4 of the Vanza series by Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz)

Concordia Glade has been hired to teach and chaperone 4 young orphan girls being kept at Aldwick Castle. Concordia feels that something is not right with this situation. The girls are in grave danger and Concordia sets up a rescue plan. The girls under Concordia's direction make a couple of fire bombs which will go off simulatneously. During the panic caused by the explosions the girls and their teacher head for the stables and start s
Author: Amanda Quick
First published: 2005
Length: 385 pages
Setting: London, "late in the reign of Queen Victoria"
Sex: explicit. Infrequent.
Hero: Thief turned PI. Follower of Vanza Philosophy.
Heroine: Illegitimate orphan now teacher/governess.
m/m: Reference to a background character who enjoys m/m relationships.

A well-paced mystery with a nice romance and some heated sex.

Would comfortably standalone.

Another completely enjoyable Amanda Quick - contemporary morals and beliefs in a well-drawn late-Vi
Amy Umlah
Lie by Moonlight by Amanda Quick Review

Concordia Glade is a teacher currently posted to an isolated castle with her charges, 4 young orphaned girls, but her dream position is just that, a dream. Convinced that the girls are in danger of being auctioned off as high valued courtesans she devices a plan to escape. Saving bother herself, and these girls in the process, however as often happens her plans run askew when she encounters Ambrose Wells, a private detective. Deciding to trust him, the six
Apr 16, 2014 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last practicing Vanza student is an interesting man who runs an inquiry service that relies on favors for payment. Ambrose Wells stars an inquiry into the death of a woman who worked at the Doncaster Bath. Her sister will not believe that the death was accidental. This investigation brings him to Aldwick Castle just as Miss Concordia Glade and her four students are leaving in the middle of the night after sabotaging the castle. The ladies feel that they are in danger and Ambrose arrives just ...more
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Sabrina (Soter) Sally
3 e 1/2

"Che fosse vero o no quello che gli aveva detto Concordia, cioè che lui sapeva offrire agli altri alcune risposte, una cosa era certa. Lei era la risposta alle domande che lo avevano tenuto sveglio tante notti."

Finisce con questo libro la serie Vanza che, lo ammetto, non è stata una della mie preferite XD Nonostante ciò la Quick scrive davvero bene, sei quasi costretta ad adorarla e finisco sempre i suoi libri prima ancora di accorgermene XD Anche qui è riuscita a creare due personaggi as
Another audiobook winner for me from Amanda Quick. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Anne Flosnick narrate this one.
RTianna Lawrence
This is one of my favorite authors so I'm predisposed to loving the book. Based on the time period what makes most of Amanda Quicks female characters is that they are strong females, smart and a bit unconventional. They defined themselves. They never let their birth or circumstances change or belittle their belief in themselves. The men are secure enough in themselves to accept these ladies as themselves. The men of Vanza Mr Stoner, Ambrose Wells and Felix are all unique in their own way. Each o ...more
Jun 28, 2016 Narariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last of Amanda Quick's "Vanza" books, this one is less focused on the various techniques of Vanza that the hero uses. The story is well-done and has plenty of twists and unexpected scenes. Taking place late in Victorian times, it involves a teacher and one of the last students of the Vanza discipline mentioned in several of Quick's earlier romances. A very enjoyable romance, it requires no previous knowledge of her other books, though those who've read them may find some of the references en ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Victorian era England, teacher Concordia Glade is determined to rescue her four students from an upcoming auction where she believes the girls, all orphans, will be forced into unwanted relationships. As Concordia and the girls attempt to make their escape, they are confronted by a guard. Apparently out of nowhere, private inquiry agent Ambrose Wells dispatches with the guard and helps Concordia and the girls make their escape. Concordia knows nothing of Ambrose, but has no choice but to ...more
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Jayne Ann Krentz ...: Lie by Moonlight (2005) Book 4 1 2 Sep 27, 2012 11:09AM  
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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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“I am well aware that for some, love and passion do not always follow the traditional path” 6 likes
“Whoever John Stoner is, he is no magician. He could not have made you into a hero if you had not already possessed the raw material." -Concordia Glade to Ambrose Wills.” 5 likes
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