Title: The Mystery Woman
Series: Ladies of Lantern Street #2
Author: Amanda Quick / Jayne Anne Krentz
Genre: Historical Romance
Synopsis: The new Ladies of Lantern Street novel from Amanda Quick explores the crimes, passions, and paranormal secrets of Victorian London.
Under the plain gray skirts of Miss Beatrice Lockwood’s gown, a pistol waits at the ready. For Beatrice is a paid companion on a secret mission — and with a secret past — and she must be prepared to fight for her life at any moment.
Yet she is thrown oddly off guard by the fierce-looking man who joins her in foiling a crime outside a fancy ball — and then disappears into the shadows, leaving only his card. His name is Joshua Gage, and he claims to know Beatrice’s employers. Beyond that, he is an enigma with a hypnotically calm voice and an ebony-and-steel cane. . . .
Joshua, who carries out clandestine investigations for the Crown, is equally intrigued. He has a personal interest in Miss Lockwood, a suspected thief and murderer, not to mention a fraudster who claims to have psychical powers. The quest to discover her whereabouts has pulled him away from his mournful impulses to hurl himself into the sea — and engaged his curiosity about the real Beatrice Lockwood, whose spirit, he suspects, is not as delicate as her face and figure.
He does know one thing, though: This flame-haired beauty was present the night Roland Fleming died at the Academy of the Occult. Guilty or not, she is his guide to a trail of blood and blackmail, mesmerism and madness — a path that will lead both of them into the clutches of a killer who calls himself the Bone Man. . . .
“I meant no offense.” “Yet you offend so well.”
Pages/Hours: 357 pages
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Tags: Paranormal, Mythology, Historical Romance
They say the word ‘psychical’ a bit too much for me but that’s really my only complaint. The story is very intriguing and engaging. I just loved all of the Egyptian elements intertwined with psychic abilities.
The romance flows very nicely alongside the mystery as well even though Beatrice starts out as Joshua’s suspect.
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