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The Mystery Woman

(Ladies of Lantern Street #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  5,200 ratings  ·  516 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 Beat
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Putnam Adult
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Apr 28, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
La verdad es que me gusto más el
Primero de la saga y por eso me anime a leer este segundo. El planteamiento y los personajes son los mismos ( trama paranormal y personajes adelantados a su época , tanto ellos como ellas)...

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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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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 bumped up for the audiobook. Justine Eyre performed the narration. Nice job. I particularly liked the spooky scene with the coffin, the dead-but-pristine body, and the eyes of Anubis. Halloween, anyone? And that dramatic rescue. Hah!

For historical romantic-suspense, Amanda Quick is gold standard. Her formula may not be every readers' cuppa, but it has stood the test of time — and I'm talking decades. She likes her heroines intelligent, kind-hearted, and spirited (but not annoyingly "fiesty"
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-p
Une rare déception !
C’est un livre qui tire en longueur malgré un style d’écriture superbe. L’histoire manque d’action, il ne se passe pas grand-chose avant la fin du livre. Je n’ai pas trouvé les personnages principaux attachants ni sympathique bien qu’ils soient bien décrit et pas caricaturaux.
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
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
It’s been years since I’ve read anything by this author and I was curious if I would still enjoy her writing as much as I did in the past. I can sincerely say I do. This was surprisingly a very fast paced read with so much mystery and suspense sprinkled with romance that I consumed it in one sitting. What a great reminder why I loved this writer and her work.
Dual POV
No apparent triggers
Olga Godim
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
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
Teresa Cameselle
Estas historias de Amanda Quick empiezan a parecerme todas lo mismo. Aunque cambien un poco los poderes de los personajes, y en este caso nos presente a un protagonista que conserva su escepticismo a lo largo de toda la novela, es quizá una de las más flojas de la autora. Me gusta mucho la pluma de la autora, pero esta serie me tiene algo saturada y creo que con el tiempo las habré olvidado o las confundiré unas con otras.
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Same plot, same story, all her books get blended together after a while. I understand formulaic, but this seems a bit too much. I had the stong deja vu of having already read this book (no, I haven't)
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Second in the Ladies of Lantern Street series - I liked this one much more than the previous one in the series. It's probably more 3.5 stars, but Quick delivers a satisfying genre novel that is well-written and satisfying, even if it uses pretty well-worn tropes. Rounded it up because it was exactly the book-break I needed. Fast read and enjoyable. It has science fiction aspects but it is not pervasive. I think it had just enough paranormal for it to be interesting. It also has a much better plo ...more
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, audiobook
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
Apr 11, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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
Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Ana María
Típico Quinn con protagonistas con poderes paranormales y un misterio. Bien si sos fan.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me costo pero lo termine... Es bueno, sencillo.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable Amanda Quick novel!
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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. That said, it was a very good read, and I very much enjoyed it. However, I am very disappointed that JAK did not finish the trilogy. It would have been nice to find out what happened to the third lady of Lantern Street.
Antonella Ϟ
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gustó bastante. Un romance histórico con toques paranormales (del estilo poderes psíquicos) y misterio.
Los protagonistas me gustaron, me parecieron frescos y divertidos. El misterio también estuvo bueno aunque al final se me hizo un poquito predecible.
Sin embargo fue una historia que me gustó, que leí rápido y me entretuvo. Si les gusta el género se los recomiendo.
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Océano de libros
Baja mucho con respecto al primer libro "Jardines de cristal", no me llegó a enganchar del todo. En momentos no hay nada sorprendente con el tema paranormal por decir muy poco y en otros llega a ser bastante aburrido. Me quedé algo decepcionada aunque no digo que esté mal del todo.
Willow Brook
Apr 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, pnr-misc
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.
Did Victorian-era women really have garter holsters for their derringers? No matter, this is a good story. Wish there were more in this series.
Nancy Jones
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.
It was ok. The heroine is less naive than usual and the hero is less possessive. Paranormal aspect is typical for AQ.
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Jayne Ann Krentz ...: The Mystery Woman (2013) Book 2 10 37 May 05, 2013 07:10AM  
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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 meant no offense.” “Yet you offend so well.” 6 likes
“Excelente historia no es la típica historia de amor predecible, me agrado el aire de suspenso y acción que te envuelve de principio a fin me encanto la prosa y la narración se queda en mis favoritos del 2015” 0 likes
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