The author of the New York Times bestseller The Girl Who Knew Too Much returns to Victorian London in a novel of deadly obsession...
Calista Langley operates an exclusive “introduction” agency in Victorian London, catering to respectable ladies and gentlemen who find themselves alone in the world. But now, a dangerously obsessed individual has begun sending her trinkets and gifts suitable only for those in deepest mourning—a black mirror, a funeral wreath, a ring set with black jet stone. Each is engraved with her initials.
Desperate for help and fearing that the police will be of no assistance, Calista turns to Trent Hastings, a reclusive author of popular crime novels. Believing that Calista may be taking advantage of his lonely sister, who has become one of her clients, Trent doesn’t trust her. Scarred by his past, he’s learned to keep his emotions at bay, even as an instant attraction threatens his resolve.
But as Trent and Calista comb through files of rejected clients in hopes of identifying her tormentor, it becomes clear that the danger may be coming from Calista’s own secret past—and that only her death will satisfy the stalker...
Quick, the pseudonym author Jayne Ann Krentz uses for her Victorian thrillers, delivers a funny, romantic historical whodunit featuring very likable sleuths. Calista Langley, a self-described spinster in her late 20s, is the owner/operator of an exclusive London matchmaking agency. When an apparently demented unknown stalker begins leaving sinister memento mori in her home, she eschews the ineffectual police, instead teaming up with popular mystery writer Trent Hastings to uncover the perpetrator. Their sleuthing includes a warming romance between them, witty bickering, amusing amateur detecting fumbles, oddball suspects, surprising twists, hairbreadth escapes, and several seriously horrific murders. Actress Underwood, whose British accent sets the stage appropriately, skillfully adds more than just another dimension to the material. She follows Quirk's lead regarding the main characters. Her Calista is every syllable a British businesswoman unsuccessfully fighting her feelings for Trent. He's initially stolid and wary, but both qualities thaw in Calista's presence. Underwood is especially effective in delivering both sides to a conversation, be it adversarial or romantic. And she goes all in, vocally, when it comes to the author's blustery British aristocrats, snarky suspects, and loony eccentrics, as well as the book's moments of sheer knife blade-flashing terror. A Berkley hardcover.
‘Til Death Do Us Part
It’s an Amanda Quick Victorian romance / intrigue novel: what’s not to like? Thumbs up and bravo to the author for keeping me entertained once again.
Really good plot, kept me on the edge the whole time, I like the twist at the end, another good book by Jayne!
90% mystery 10% forced romance
While the mystery in this book was really edge of your seat good, the romance is really just randomly thrown in there. Not to mention she does not go very deep on any of the main characters. They are just....there. You never know what the heroine likes about the hero or why....it's like, well you're here lets get together. This book was just about an obsessed murder mystery, nothing else-be careful bc the description is deceiving.