In financial straits and on a sure path to spinsterhood,
Venetia Milton thought her stay at the remote, ramshackle Arcane House, far
from society’s prying eyes, would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to
engineer her own ravishment. She was there to photograph the relics and
artifacts collected by a highly secretive organization, founded two centuries
earlier by an eccentric alchemist. And the alchemist’s descendant, her
employer, Mr. Gabriel Jones had the eyes of a sorcerer.
After a night to remember, Venetia is prepared to cherish
the memories of her romantic encounter and move on, but she is shattered when,
shortly after their night together, she reads of Jones’ death in the papers. As
a private tribute to her one-time lover, she adopts the name “Mrs. Jones” and
the guise of a respectable widow, and embarks on a new career as a fashionable
photographer in London, where her unique ability to “see” beyond her subjects
and capture that quality in her photography makes her photographs highly
But her romantic whim causes unexpected trouble. For one
thing, Mr. Jones is about to stride, living and breathing, back into her life.
And the bonds that tie them together include more than just the memory of
passion. Venetia’s special “double vision” has caught the attention of someone
Mr. Jones is tracking - someone who will go to any lengths, even murder, to
possess an ancient, extraordinary secret that has been lost for centuries.
Someone who believes that as the “wife” of Mr. Jones, Venetia is the key. Now,
as she introduces Gabriel about town as her miraculously back-from-the-dead
“husband,” Venetia must join him in a perilous quest to track down a dangerous
opponent who manages to stay one step ahead. As they explore the darker, wilder
underbelly of the modern, scientific Victorian world, they must see through
society’s illusions, or this time, Gabriel Jones may not be coming from the
dead, and neither may Mrs. Jones. Download and start listening now!