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CRYSTAL GARDENS
by Amanda Quick

Genre: Historical Romance, Paranormal
Sensuality: MILD
Setting: Late Victorian England

2012 Historical Fantasy/Paranormal Nominee

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Quick creates an extraordinary paranormal world where readers will gladly suspend their disbelief to enter her magical realm and be swept away. She’s a genius at seamlessly blending mystery, magic and romance in a gothic that would make Victoria Holt proud, and the creators of Little Shop of Horrors smile.

After a frightening attack in London, Evangeline Ames rents a cottage in the country to regroup, located near the mystical Crystal Gardens. One night, she flees a killer and runs into the gardens, encountering their handsome, mysterious owner, Lucas Sebastian. After her attacker is quickly dispatched, Lucas suggests they keep the incident secret until they can discover the motive. Rumors about a treasure buried in the gardens and Lucas’ uncle’s death abound. Due to her psychic powers, Evangeline knows the garden’s plants possess occult powers and are connected to Lucas’ uncle. Lucas’ understanding of the criminal mind and Evangeline’s talents draw them into dangerous territory and a passion that surprises them. (PUTNAM, Apr., 380 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: PUTNAM

Published: April 2012

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Familiar Elements Skillfully Blend into a Page-Turner

Submitted by catthecat on April 25, 2012 - 11:03pm.

Jayne Anne Krentz is a wonder. She mixes so many elements into this story, and it works beautifully. We diehard fans know the drill: breathless romance; a paranormal setting; the lonely, valiant hero and plucky, endangered heroine who perfectly complements his psychic powers; fractured family dynamics. It's pretty much the Krentz kitchen sink, but with a refreshing dose of gleefully self-righteous vigilantism and an ingenious method of corpse disposal. The usual supporting cast of small-town eccentrics is replaced with a gallery of evildoers who keep the plot moving along beautifully. The detective work is pretty impressive. And oh, how painful it is to kill--whap, you're dead! Love it.