With her usual rapier-sharp wit and strong characters, Amanda Quick once more whisks readers off to Regency England for a mystery/romp par excellence.

Returning from a trip, classical antiquities expert Iphignia Bright discovers that someone has been blackmailing her aunt and threatening even greater harm if she does not meets his demands.

Determined to lure the villain out of his lair, Iphignia follows in the footsteps of the world's great beauties and becomes the alluring, enchanting darling of the ton by pretending to be mistress to the incomparable Earl of Masters, Marcus Valerus. Iphignia believes that the Earl has been murdered by the blackmailer. Imagine her surprise when he arrives to claim his wayward mistress.

Tired of the social whirl, the arrogant, seductive Earl had retired from London until he heard about his mistress. Completely captivated by Iphignia, Marcus agrees to play along with her little game, sending them both on a heart-stopping journey into a dark world of intrigue while luring the clever minx into becoming his real mistress.

MISTRESS is another delight from the magical pen of Amanda Quick and is all we expect from this intrepid storyteller and her engaging characters. Sit back and simply enjoy a delectable, light, yet tempting dessert of a tale. SENSUAL (Apr., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin