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The Mystery Woman

(Ladies of Lantern Street #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  5,919 ratings  ·  559 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
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Putnam Adult
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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 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"
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
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.
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Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
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) ...more
Apr 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Olga Godim
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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.
It was ok. The heroine is less naive than usual and the hero is less possessive. Paranormal aspect is typical for AQ.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable Amanda Quick novel!
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mary Buckham
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-2014
I love Jayne Ann Krentz whether she's writing historical, contemporary or futuristic. She writes on that finally balanced edge between suspense, historical and romance; never forgetting that the story is ultimately about the romance. There was so much to enjoy in this novel. The heroine who is consistent and level-headed as well as being well-motivated. The hero who is complex, wounded but not to the level you can't believe he'll ever recover, and strong secondary characters. The only reason thi ...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
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. ...more
SB*needs low angst books*
So got this audiobook from the library but it was a book that just didn't work for me. The narrator wasn't bad but she didn't sell me on the romance and the way it was written with their interaction with each other didn't either. The mystery aspect didn't do anything much for me either.

I really enjoyed many of the Arcane series books and this followed some of that line in how it came across but it felt like it was missing that initial real attraction that binds the couple. It was a lot like The
Addie BookCrazyBlogger
One of my guilty pleasure genres is paranormal romance or regency romance. The Mystery Woman manages to be both, so it’s obviously a big favorite of mine. Beatrice works for a female-owned women’s detective agency while hiding a shady past of her own. Joshua Gage is a peer of the realm, who has hidden psychic powers (or so that’s what equally psychic Beatrice is role) that he denies he has but low-key uses them to be a spy for the Crown. The two clash, our walkers have struck out for their 5K an ...more
Srivalli Rekha
I like these paranormal abilities stuff written by Jayne/Amanda Q. This book was okay. I could easily keep guessing the next parts of the story, which meant it wasn't that gripping. One good thing was that the hero had a scar on his face and an injured leg, so at least he wasn't perfect. I'm coming hate perfect heroes and heroines. Urgh!

The female lead, definitely sensible, and strong. Her decision-making skills were decent. I liked her, but I'm not sure if I want to reread this book. It's a tad
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enioyed this story. It was a recommendation and I would have never picked it myself. A good mystery with just a little romance thrown in.
Norah Gibbons
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Story. Murders, Mystery, ancient Egyptian relics, a dash of the paranormal,brooding grumpy hero, plucky resourceful heroine.
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-review
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 sec
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

There was both a mystery woman and a mystery man in this second installment of Amanda Quick’s Ladies of Lantern Street trilogy. I wouldn't mind a bit if the owners of the Flint & Marsh Agency on Lantern Street found a few more operatives and kept this series going!

Beatrice Lockwood is very much the mystery woman. She starts out as Miranda the Clairvoyant of Dr. Fleming’s Academy of the Occult and ends by attempting to raise the dead. Needless to say, there
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
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.)

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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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