THE MYSTERY WOMAN
With the second in the Ladies of Lantern Street series, Quick delivers everything her fans yearn for: a strong mystery with otherworldly touches; delightful, smart characters; a fast pace and powerful plot, and a story they’ll stay up all night to finish. The only thing readers will want is more.
While on her latest mission, Beatrice Lockwood is rescued by a stranger seeking her for his own reasons. Joshua North was the Crown’s spy, until a case gone wrong left him injured. Now he finds missing things, like his sister’s blackmailer. He realizes Beatrice couldn’t be the suspect, but she can help him find who is trying to harm his family. Their investigation leads to an antiquities collector’s house party and a madman who needs Beatrice’s powers to complete a resurrection. Though Joshua doesn’t believe in hocus pocus, he knows he must help Beatrice, because the passion between them makes her the only woman he could ever love. (PUTNAM, May, 357 pp., $26.95)