THE RIVER KNOWS
Quick does it again! She arouses readers' interest from the first line with her witty, clever plotting, hold-your-breath suspense and steamy sensuality rolled into a tightly written mystery that explores the underworld of Victorian London. Not only is the mystery a real treat, her unforgettable characters, with their witty repartee and intelligence, make us wish we were exploring the dark streets, untangling the threads and solving the crime with them.
Neither is there by accident. Anthony is searching for clues to the drowning deaths of three society women, one of them his fiancee, and he has reason to suspect Hastings is involved. Their first kiss may be a coverup, but they quickly realize that by joining forces they can expose Hastings' connections to organized crime, a notorious brothel and murder. The real surprise comes when Anthony discovers Louisa is bright, beautiful and perfect for him and Louisa begins to think she might be falling in love. (Putnam, May, 368 pp., $24.95)