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Wicked Widow (Vanza #3)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  4,132 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
Madeline Deveridge is aware of the whispers behind her back, the rumors that she dispatched her husband to the next world and concealed her crime. But she has a far more pressing problem than her reputation as the Wicked Widow. It's impossible to believe that her late husband is haunting her and her aunt, but something odd is happening, and Madeline doesn't dare take chanc ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published December 23rd 2009 by Bantam (first published April 2000)
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A virgin widow and her revenge-obsessed champion lead this Amanda Quick mystery/suspense historical. A scary background (heavy fog, dead bodies, scary nightmares) makes Wicked Widow an entertaining read.
Jun 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper, books-i-own, 2009, 2011
This is probably the third time I have read Wicked widow and it continues to be a 5 star read for me.
Una de las novelas de Amanda Quick que más me ha gustado por la relación de los protagonistas y su toque de humor. Es una novela típica de la autora, con su toque paranormal y su misterio.
Another enjoyable historical from Amanda Quick. This one is part of the Vanza series, similar to the Arcane Series, but with more of a philosphy, fighting skills, and other points of interest rather than the psychic angle. One of the common links between the two societies is the practice of mesmerism, which appears to be similar to present day hypnotism.

Of course, it is a romance mixed with a balance of suspense. The hero in our stories is a member of the society, and is involved in a plot of r
Autant les premiers tomes de cette série m'avaient enthousiasmée, dans la mesure où j'aime beaucoup l'écriture d'Amanda Quick, autant j'ai été un peu déçue par ce livre-là...
Mon principal problème a été l'héroïne qui, à plusieurs reprises, m'a agacée par son comportement, parfois un peu hypocrite et sa constante animosité envers Vanza.
J'ai été cependant ravie de retrouver les principaux éléments qui font le charme des livres d'Amanda Quick: une intrigue suffisamment interessante et divertissante
Jul 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Madeline Deveridge is quite aware of the epithet with which Society has marked her. They call her 'Wicked Widow' after her husband's death a year ago; convinced that Madeline shot her husband, and then set her house on fire to cover the crime. When Madeline's maid is kidnapped in front of the infamous Dream Pavilions, Madeline summons Artemas Hunt - the brilliant and reclusive master of arcane talents and secret owner of London's pleasure pavilions.

Convinced that her husband's ghost is somehow i
Mar 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is honestly one of the most boring romance novels I've ever read. The only way to make this book entertaining is to take a drink every time the words Vanza or Vanzagarian are used. I gave up at 48% complete because I just couldn't be bothered to push myself to finish. I give this book a solid "blergh".
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
Yes, the plot is identical to 99% of her other books under the Amanda Quick pseudonym, but the enjoyment comes from the accessories she hangs on the basic plot. This book passed a pleasant afternoon.
Apr 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very interesting love story holds your interest all the way to the end.
Melissa Levine
It's funny how in the 2nd book, Ignatius Lorring had mentioned that he was the only master of Vanza in London, or something along those lines. Since they were having trouble figuring out how the young Vanza guy, John something?, where he learned his skills. But in this book, there were more masters in London than just Lorring.

If she is having bad dreams all the time at night, hence she doesn't sleep, why doesn't she actually take her Aunts tonics? Either way, if she doesn't want to take them, wh
Marti Dolata
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This book was a charmless perfunctory exercise in writing. I wish I dnf, but I kept reading in search of a payoff that would explain the 5 star ratings. Are there a lot of 14 year old girls on this site that have read so few books that the tired, trite clichés in this book seem fresh? Before writing this, I reread a Georgette Heyer (The Unknown Ajax) just to test if at 60, I'm too old and jaded to read romance. Nope, enjoyed it, this book is just that bad, and the ratings on romance novels can n ...more
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

ttg seorang janda (yang masih perawan) yang di tuduh sebagai wicked widow karena baru 2 bulan menikah suami nya tewas terbunuh.....
padahal si suami ini jahat (udah jahat impoten pula wkwkwkwkw...) dan membunuh bapak si ce buat medapatkan rahasia vanza...
akhirnya si ce minta tolong (awalnya dengan cara memeras)seorang master vanza bernama artemas hunt....buat memecahkan kasus penampakan hantu suami nya....
seperti biasa khas nya amanda quick...adegan ehem2 uhuk2 nya di kereta kuda ( woohooo.....:D
Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like steamy romances and love historical fiction, you'll enjoy this book. The author does an excellent job of setting a scary background (fog and rain, dead bodies, underground maze and even a haunted house!). This is the first book I've read under the Amanda Quick pseudonym and it made for an entertaining story. Have ordered more titles from my local library as I'm disabled and don't get out of the house much these days so it's nice to have good books to curl up with :)
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. Madeline was a wonderfully feisty, intelligent, courageous heroine, and Artemas was certainly her equal with a bit of dark warrior added to the mix. The philosophy of Vanza and the mystery of Renwick's spirit kept the plot moving along. Looking forward to reading another in this series. Will admit that books written by Amanda Quick rarely disappoint me. May need to add this to my list of favourites.
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was pretty stupid. The whole Vanza device was more annoying than anything. The big plot twist near the end wasn't really a surprise. I feel very generous giving this a 2.
Marcia  Haskell
With the exception of Amanda Quick's books, I general don't care for stories that deal with the rules of the British aristocracy. I greatly enjoyed this story, as well as the earlier novels written, by Jayne Ann Krentz, under the pen name of Amanda Quick. There is always a sense of humor that permeates her characters, as well as a story that is filled with lots of twists and turns. Perhaps, most significant, to me, are the strong, intelligent women who are at least as solid and enterprising as t ...more
Maricel Edwards
Not as compelling as the previous installments in this series but perhaps that's only because I'm reading them back to back and, as is the case with me in this genre, the characters and plots do tend to run together and sound the same after much exposure. I'm actually hard-pressed right now to remember either protagonists' names. Easier to call to mind the secondary characters, namely Bernice and Short John, who evinced a lot more depth and interest. Reading the final book in the series just to ...more
Tina Gunther
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better the 2nd time around

The Wicked Widow is one of my favorite Amanda Quick novels. Reading it in sequence as the third Vanza novel revealed nuances I missed the last time I read it.

If you like victim heroines, this may not be the book for you, but if you like intelligent heroines, do read this story. You will enjoy it.
Maggie Brogden
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I usually like Krentz men more than I like her protagonist and this is no exception. The plot is fast paced, and the secondary characters are amusing.
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was fine.
Cynthia Pratt
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great eccentric hero and heroine...` ...more
Lori McD
2.5-3 stars

This book reminded me a lot of the 2nd book, but with a different couple. While Artemas and Madeline are very different people than Edison and Emma, the banter between them, the chemistry between them, and the whole employer-employee thing was much the same.

The ghost part of the story and the mystery involved was different, and that was more compelling than the relationship between Artemas and Maddie. Somehow, I didn't feel the heat between them like with Edison and Emma. Not sure why
Paranormal Romance
Scandal has followed the heroine for some time as everyone is sure that she murdered her husband. It's not until the end of the book when she admits the truth one way or another, but what's true is the fact that her husband was not a good man. He had been obsessed with power, marrying the daughter of a Venza master and spending their marriage psychologically torturing his new bride. If she did kill him, no one could really blame her. When her maid is kidnapped, she seeks out the help of the gent ...more
Yelania Nightwalker
Bueno, nunca había leído nada de la autora, sólo espero que ésto no sea de lo se dice sus mejores novelas porque la verdad es que aunque sí me gustó, no fue todo lo que esperaba.

Se dice que Madeleine asesinó a su esposo y luego incendió su casa para cubrir todas las huellas, en el club hay incluso una apuesta en el que el hombre que pase una noche con ella y salga vivo, conseguirá una buena suma de dinero. Artemis Hunt tiene todos los recursos para saber todo sobre la dama, pero cuando una noch
Book 3 of the Vanza Series by Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz)

Madeline Deveraux is called The Wicked Widow by members of society. Suspected of killing her husband Renwick Deveraux she and her Aunt Beratrice are living a quiet life. Her father recently deceased was a Vanza master and taught her the coded language used by the Vanza Adepts. She is currently occupied in translating an small volume recently sent to her late father. Madeline thinks the members of the Vanza Society are nothing but crack
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wicked Widow by Amanda Quick is an historical romance with hints of crime and slightest foretaste of the paranormal that will arise in the Arcane Society novels. In this novel and a few others Ms. Quick has created the Vanzagarian Society, a secret society of strange knowledge, exercises, practices and language. There is not a hint of the paranormal abilities of the Arcane Society but emphasis is placed on self-control and self-knowledge as a means of maintaining order and balance in one’s life. ...more
Jan 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lizabeth Tucker
Virgin widow Madeline Reed Deveridge is maddeningly befuddled about men. Dubbed the Wicked Widow ever since she was obliged to shoot her husband, scoundrel Renwick Deveridge, in self-defense, she now seems to be haunted by Renwick's ghost. Worse, she requires an eternity to realize she loves (and is loved by) Artemis Hunt, whose help she enlists when her maid is kidnapped from the Dream Pavilions, London pleasure gardens secretly owned by Hunt. Artemis is gruff and bossy, rather than exquisitely ...more
Wicked Widow
3 Stars

Madeline Deveridge cares little about the whispers and rumors that she murdered her husband. What does concern her is the disappearance of her maid and the possibility that she is being haunted by her dead spouse. Her only recourse is to seek the assistance of Artemus Hunt, the reclusive master of arcane Vanza talents. As Artemus and Madeline work together to resolve the mystery, they realize that the threat to their hearts is as dangerous as the threat to their lives.

Amanda Q
Siyana Slavova
"But I am the Dream Merchant. Perhaps I can make your dream come true."
And that is exactly what happened. The third book in the Vanza series is just as good as the first two. I took my time to reread it and once again I was taken back to my favorite Victorian era.
What happens after your husband dies and everyone suspects you for his death? Why you get a nickname. Madeline Deveridge also known as 'The wicked widow' manipulates Artemas Hunt into saving her kidnapped maid. Right from the starts s
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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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Vanza (4 books)
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  • Lie by Moonlight (Vanza, #4)

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