Whether writing as Amanda Quick or Jayne Ann Krentz, this is one author who always delivers novels that draw readers into the story, and Otherwise Engaged is no different as an intrepid Lady of Lantern Street is caught in an obsessive killer’s web. Tautly written, with enough twists to keep readers on their toes, Quick’s novel features a double love story, a bit of gothic flair and a passionate scientist hero to spice up the plot.
Travel writer Amity Doncaster is on her way home when she rescues a wounded Benedict Stanbridge. He’s not just a scientist, but a spy for the Crown. Thanks to Amelia’s skills he recovers and completes his mission. Back in London, Amity is nearly abducted by the serial killer known as the Bridegroom. Benedict fears his connection to Amity is the reason for the assault. He proposes they fake an engagement to protect her. Their investigation leads from ballrooms to an asylum, from past loves to present passion, until startling truths are revealed. (PUTNAM, Apr., 352 pp., $26.95)