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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  5,955 ratings  ·  213 reviews
Imogen Waterstone has always prided herself on being a thoroughly independent young woman, but now she needs a man of implacable will and nerves of iron. That's why she invited Matthias Marshall, infamous Earl of Colchester, to her home in Upper Strickland. Who better than the legendary explorer to help her lay the perfect trap?

Her scheme is simple, really: She plans to l
Kindle Edition, Reprint edition, 384 pages
Published February 17th 2010 by Bantam (first published June 1st 1996)
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Roxana Chirilă
Apr 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One star because I will forever remember this book as the book which Zamared too much.

Let me explain: Lord Colchester of Zamar discovered the lost (and dead) kingdom of Zamar, where he found Zamarian artifacts which he brought to London. Imogen Waterstone is a Zamar enthusiast who delves into Zamar scholarship, wears Zamar-themed dresses and has a plot regarding... Zamar.

She involves Colchester in her Zamarian plan, which is to get someone into an expedition to Zamar, where he'll waste all his m
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
My least favorite Amanda Quick to date. The heroine was naive to the point of stupidity at times ! While the story dragged and lacked the captivating factors her other books like Ravished and Dangerous contained.

Vanessa Wu
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think my brain must have turned to candy floss because I'm enjoying this book. It's nonsense but it's literate nonsense. I am listening to it as an unabridged audiobook and it's very good at reminding me of what has just happened in case I'm half asleep, which I usually am. If I were just a bit more intelligent I might be able to ride a horse, phone my boyfriend and complete a sudoku puzzle without missing any of the story. As it is, my boyfriend will have to wait. Actually there are some deli ...more
Chitra *CJ*
"Mischief" is the story of Imogen and Matthias.

Join Ms Quick on an adventure filled ride, where a book loving spinster propositions an infamous rake to help her solve a murder she suspects!

The book begins on a dark and stormy night, where the H sneaks into the h's house and falls asleep in a sarcophagus bed. He wakes up scaring the maid, and soon introduces himself to the intriguing h and her scandalized aunt. The h then asks his help with a personal vendetta, as he had owed her late uncle an I
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Jul 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance fans; Humour & Romance
Imogen Waterstone has come up with a plan to avenge her friend’s murder, however, it involves collecting a promise she has inherited from her uncle from the Earl of Colchester, more commonly known as “Coldblooded Colchester” or “Colchester of Zamar”. When Matthias (the aforementioned Colchester) arrives after his letter from Imogen, he is both irritated, amused, and aroused by her no nonsense attitude and commanding personality, and against his better judgement decides to help her with her ridic ...more
Loved everything about this. I could do without Imogen's dream sequences but Mischief is one of my favourite Amanda Quick novels! I'm really in the mood right now for witty banter and murder mysteries tinged with the supernatural occult.

This has one of the most harebrained schemes dreamed by a Quick heroine on par with Reckless. Imogen Waterstone has decided to avenge the death of her friend, Lucy, Lady Vanneck, who she believes was killed by her abusive husband, Lord Vanneck. She has written t
Pamela Shropshire
Imogen Waterstone is obsessed with Zamar, a legendary lost civilization (think Atlantis) that has been recently rediscovered by Matthias, the Earl of Colchester. Imogen's uncle has recently died and left his estate to her. It includes many ancient artifacts, some Zamarian in origin. She writes Colchester and asks him to come help her identify them.

A few years previously, Imogen's reputation was ruined in Society when she was found in a bedchamber with Lord Vanneck, the husband of Imogen's best f
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The h is a blue-stocking, believes the H has nervous delicacy. He's an alpha male, aghast at her audacity at first, then charmed and finally decides he's in love. It was all very silly, with premonitions, a dead friend, an evil uncle, missing diaries and they have no idea who is trying to kill them both and it's silly OTT fun. I really liked that they married quickly and then deepened their relationship. Loved it. ...more
Jun 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down- it's hilarious and I'm sorry to see it end- ...more
3 stars - this book is very meh. It had some funny moments but overall, it was a little too ridiculous.

The hero, Colchester, and the heroine, Imogen, are both fascinated by the lost civilization of “Zamaria”, which seems to be their main commonality in this story. Imogen summons Colchester to help her get revenge on a man who she thinks murdered her friend. Her idea is to ruin him financially and embarrass him in front of the ton using a lost Zamaria artifact as bait. The hero doesn’t want to g
Vicky (Victoria) Cavill
Best book ever!!! Loveddd!!! Matthias..... Awww
This book would have been better served if it was about half as long. It was 10 CDs in audiobook format and I had to force myself to finish it. There were a lot of things about the story that were irritating and in a shorter book these would have been only passing annoyances, but in a book this long they became major issues.

For example, the heroine, Imogen was very annoying. She dominated every scene by just never shutting up and running roughshod over everyone else in the discussion with her (u
Jul 10, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, racy-romance
This was complete crap. I was going to rationalize the fact that I finished this by explaining that it was a)offered on Kindle by my library and b)checked in, making it a very rare commodity indeed. But then I realized that every time I actually bother finishing something that I know to be without redeeming qualities I make some type of excuse. Because somehow I'll be absolved of the guilt and embarrassment of finishing utter trash if you think that perhaps I had no choice in the matter. Please ...more
3 Stars

Imogen Waterson has a plan to punish the man she hold responsible for the death of her best friend. All she needs is the assistance of Matthias Marshal, the infamous Earl of Colchester renowned not only for his legendary expedition to the mythical city of Zamar but also for his cold-blooded and sinister nature. Has Imogen bitten off more than she can chew?

Similar characterization and romance to With This Ring. Although the mystery itself is different, it is, nevertheless, just as
May 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance fanatics
Mischief by Amanda Quick is a fun book and I suggest you read it if you're looking for humor and romance interlaced, plus a little suspense and mystery on the side, because this is exactly what you would get once you read this book.

Imogen Waterstone, the heroine, is old (considering England's standards in the past) and has a tarnished reputation (being seen in a bedchamber with Vanneck, the husband of her so-called best friend Lucy). So she's been shunned by "polite society" because of her disgr
My least favorite Amanda Quicks are the ones that refer to Zamar and Vanza. This one is Zamar. I have learned over many readings, however, to ignore the references to Zamar and enjoy the rest of the story. Imogen is a bit Amazonian for my taste in that she always takes the lead, whether in a waltz or in her search for vengeance, but otherwise, she and Colchester are fun to follow through their adventures together. There were a few spots where I was confused by the timing. When I thought several ...more
Dec 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf-lemmed
Stopping after 6 chapters. I need to accept that my fond memories of Amanda Quick novels are just that...memories. I've outgrown her & find her plots repetitive, her characters cliched, and her writing really nowhere near as good as I remember it being. Maybe I've just read too many Courtney Milan's & Sarah McLean's and Quick then suffers in comparison. ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to talk myself into finishing this. The heroine Imogen is a clever scholar but so headstrong in her naiveté that it tips over into stupidity.
Irene Kiew
This was a reread (as were "Scandal" and "Ravished") and I remember now that I didn't like it as much. I didn't like Imogen. Like Emily in "Scandal" and Prudence in "Dangerous", Imogen likes to interpret things in her own way and attribute characteristics to Matthias which he doesn't possess or doesn't demonstrate. But she was more annoying than Emily and Prudence because Simon and Sebastian both do have an honourable bent, so when their wives kept insisting that they are honourable and will do ...more
I have a drinking game for you. Only,be sure you don't have to drive. Take a shot of your favorite adult beverage anytime you read (or the narrated says) Zamar/ian. Where was the editor here?? Also, it was beyond my ability to suspend disbelief that Matthias could fall for such a clueless and willfully ignorant person as Imogen. The author must have thought Imogen's naivete was humorous and charming, but after a while her arrogant assurance that she best understood everything was just grating.

Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.50 / 2 Stars

I've read other AQ books, and this is my least favorite. I got so tired of Zamar being in the majority of their comments, thought processes and even sex. It got old real fast. I stuck to the story just to find out who was murder was.
Ok, a little bit different regency romance ... but something was missing ...
Don ツ
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine, bacaan-bi, 2018
I love this. though I couldn't fathom a person by the name imogen. ...more
Jane Reader
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Mischief is one of my favorite Amanda Quick novels after Ravished and Mistress. It tells the story of Imogen Waterstone, a "bluestocking" bent on avenging the death of her closest friend, Lucy, Lady Vanneck by using the Earl of Colcester -- an expert on ancient Zamar, a place that has become fashionable to study by members of the ton -- to lure Lucy's husband into funding a Zamarian expedition that will lead him to nothing but financial ruin.

Colcester earned the moniker Cold-blooded thanks to h
On audio with Barbara Rosenblatt narrating this wasn't bad, but again I had trouble with the actual plot and couldn't help comparing so much of it to the superior Elizabeth Peter's sleuthing couple Amelia Peabody and Emerson (especially since Rosenblatt narrates those books too!) Two intellectuals interested in ancient archaeology partner up which leads them to danger and romance, etc. Here we have spinster, Imogene Waterstone, asking Matthias, Earl of Colchester to pretend he is interested in m ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
First of all, let me say how AMAZING Barbara Rosenblat is as a narrator. AQ/JAK writes very passionate and intelligent female characters and I always feel like BR does a great job bringing them to life.

Immodest Imogen is another ORIGINAL female character. She knows more about ancient Zamar than she does social graces. But it is that love that strikes up her very passionate relationship with Cold-Blooded Colchester. She immediately sees the lonely, vulnerable man inside of the aloof, cold exteri
While a fun installment in her slightly alternative universe with the finding of a mysterious island called Zamar, which has captivated the historical period (which feels more victorian than regency), this somehow just didn't quite do it for me. I think that the pacing was a little off for me and I really didn't feel a sense of menace from the major bad character.

Imogen Waterstone has a plan to get her revenge on Vanneck, a man who married a friend and then broke her heart. Who also was involve
I would really say Mischief was a 3.5 star rating. I didn't care too much for the heroine, particularly her ridiculous calling their make out sessions 'zamarian love-making techniques'. If you read the book you'll understand. I did however like the hero and the dialogue between him and the heroine. This just seemed to be one of those books where it was good just not quite something that blew me away either. ...more
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ooooh, this was a goooood one!
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One if the best books I've read from her. I loved the interactions between the two main characters. It was a fun read all through out. ...more
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