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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,062 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick Narrator: Elizabeth Sastre Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lake and March Series Release Date: April 2001 ISBN: 9780553754926
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Amanda Quick's bestselling trademark is a combination of suspense and passion in historical tales alight with sparkling wit and brimming with dangerous intrigue. Now she serves up the most tantalizing novel of her career as an enterprising woman allies herself with a mysterious spy, only to be caught in a seething brew of treachery — and temptation....

From the moment he burst into her antiquities shop in Rome, Lavinia Lake knew the stranger was nothing but trouble. He said he was in pursuit of a killer. He swore he was only trying to save her. Yet no matter what he claimed, Lavinia was convinced that Mr. Tobias March was bent instead on destroying her. And when the self-described spy hustled her and her niece out of the shop and back to England, Lavinia could only hope that one day she would would find a way to repay Mr. March in full.

But Lavinia never imagined the shocking circumstances under which they would meet again ... or that soon he would become more deadly — and more compelling — with each passing day.

In the business of making private inquiries, Tobias March had been hired to trade down a powerful villain who even now was intent on assuming control of a vast criminal organization. Yet in his search he had found nothing but one dead end — and one dead body — after another.

And then, just as his investigation was heating up once more, he found his mission and his life complicated by the most ungovernable, unpredictable, exasperating woman he had ever met.

Faced with a tangled web of deceit and danger, Tobias had no choice but to form a partnership with Lavinia, a lady whose past could only be described as slightly shady. Yet when he persuaded her to become his associate, neither Tobias nor Lavinia realized that their heated disputes would spark a sizzling desire — or that the deeper they kept digging for the truth, the deeper they were digging their own graves....


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Quotes & Awards

  • Spirited heroines and sardonic heroes populate this sexy Regency-era thriller by the ever reliable Quick ... Quick offers the parry and thrust of danger and romance ... Works splendidly. Publishers Weekly
  • If you start an Amanda Quick book in the late afternoon, you'll probably spend the night with it. The Denver Post

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 2/16/2014

    " This is book one in the Lake/March series. I had read book 3 first and thought I'd go back to the beginning of the series. I found the book to be fast paced with just the right amounts of romance and mystery in a historical setting in England. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxann | 2/11/2014

    " This wasn't a great book--well at least for me. I don't read a great many romance novels. I wasn't sold onto the main characters--Lavinia Lake, is an Englishwoman who returns to England after her shop in Rome is destroyed by a stranger who claims to be looking for criminals that were using her shop. Her character is 'unreal' to me. Tobias March is the investigator looking into the crimes. He seems more of a bully then anything else. AND yes the two character 'get together' at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shiraz | 2/10/2014

    " This one could also go into a "trashy thriller" column and I rather liked that about it. It was fluffy and mindless in all the right ways but had a more entertaining plot than a lot of books you'd find on the shelves next to it. Also wax museums. I like the idea of Victorian wax museums. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/5/2014

    " It was more complex than I expected - really enjoyable, ready for the next in the series! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaimie | 2/3/2014

    " All of the Amanda Quick books that I read in 2006 were pretty much the same. They are set in 1800's London and involve a female detective. I probably won't read any more of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Art | 2/1/2014

    " Pretty good. A really quick read (pun intended), for a boring afternoon. A typical regency type mystery/romance, with victorian attitudes towards women and their being anything approaching a professional. Lavinia Lake, almost poverty-stricken, is rescued from sure death by Tobias March in Italy, then again and again in England, after she takes on a parallel role as a private detective, forcing him to eventually take her as a partner. Only a tiny bit of sex, not very graphic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Livia | 2/1/2014

    " An outstanding novel of historical romance and suspense. Lavinia Lake and Tobias March are a fascinating sleuthing team. Luckily their characters continue on in DON'T LOOK BACK, book two in the trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sidra | 1/30/2014

    " I have to admit I found myself laughing at some parts of the book. the banter between the character I enjoyed. however, as the story progressed it became less about the characters and more about the story, which was fine, but not great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginny | 1/22/2014

    " Very stilted prose, would think OH PLUUEESE, when reading it. Quick can do better than this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/18/2014

    " Fun mystery with a bit of romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Poppy Fields | 1/7/2014

    " A fun and entertaining light read with amusing characters that are easy to become fond of and cheer on in their escapades! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mia | 1/3/2014

    " I like the relationship between the main characters, but got irritated by how obnoxious Lavinia comes off throughout the stoy. She seems like she needs a good...well you know. ;) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 becky | 12/29/2013

    " Another one that was so bad I stopped reading after the first couple of chapters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clifford | 12/21/2013

    " As partners Mrs. Lake and Mr. March have two distinct personalities, however, they are still lovers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 12/9/2013

    " Good mystery! The extended confession of one of the villains was a bit much, but still, it was good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dilys | 12/8/2013

    " funny witty regency whodunnit romance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 marissa | 9/17/2013

    " Best book I've read in a long time! Bravo Miss Quick! Creepy, romantic, and thrilling. The perfect read for a stormy night. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne Salzwedel | 6/12/2013

    " Male & Female Private Eyes, 1st in series "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anya Breton | 4/23/2012

    " This wasn't really my cup of tea. I'm not quite sure why. It just didn't grab me like other books have. I did finish the whole thing unlike my attempt to read Quick's book "Desire". "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caroline | 1/17/2012

    " Awful. I stopped reading after the visit to the wax sculptor. The characters were unlikeable and the plot was silly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 12/18/2011

    " I love Quick and especially love to re-read her when I'm stressed out or unhappy. She usually makes me laugh or relaxes me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ellen | 10/29/2011

    " I almost didn't finish this one. It starts out very slow and I thought confusingly. About Chapter 5 things start to pick up and then I was hooked. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Summer | 10/20/2011

    " I've read other novels by Amanda Quick and unfortunately I think the others were better. It wasn't particularly bad, it just seemed very slow and after 50 pages I realized I didn't care what happened in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 8/31/2011

    " Cute little regency romance combined with a mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette Meier | 7/4/2011

    " Delightful! Funny! Suspense-filled! Narrated beautifully by Barbara Rosenblat . . . a wonderful surprise! I highly recommend it and can't wait to listen to the next installment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Drea | 7/3/2011

    " This wasn't really my cup of tea. I'm not quite sure why. It just didn't grab me like other books have. I did finish the whole thing unlike my attempt to read Quick's book "Desire". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Summer | 5/21/2011

    " I've read other novels by Amanda Quick and unfortunately I think the others were better. It wasn't particularly bad, it just seemed very slow and after 50 pages I realized I didn't care what happened in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/7/2011

    " Good mystery! The extended confession of one of the villains was a bit much, but still, it was good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaimie | 11/30/2010

    " All of the Amanda Quick books that I read in 2006 were pretty much the same. They are set in 1800's London and involve a female detective. I probably won't read any more of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 7/6/2010

    " I almost didn't finish this one. It starts out very slow and I thought confusingly. About Chapter 5 things start to pick up and then I was hooked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 5/28/2010

    " It was more complex than I expected - really enjoyable, ready for the next in the series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 4/24/2010

    " I really disliked Lavinia Lake. I found her shrill, and Tobias March was a bit of a bully so they did deserve each other. I have never gone back to re-read any of the Lake/Marsh books. Which is very rare for me as I usually re-read Amanda Quick's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 2/12/2010

    " Fun light reading. Reminded me of a Sherlock Holmes mystry.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clifford | 11/4/2009

    " As partners Mrs. Lake and Mr. March have two distinct personalities, however, they are still lovers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 8/11/2009

    " Fun mystery with a bit of romance. "

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About the Author
Author Jayne Ann Krentz

Jayne Ann Krentz’s acclaimed New York Times betstsellers include Light in Shadow, Smoke in Mirrors, Lost and Found, Soft Focus, Eye of the Beholder, Flash, and Grand Passion. She writes contemporary romantic suspense novels under her own name, futuristic novels as Jayne Castle, and historical romance novels under the pseudonym Amanda Quick. She holds a degree in library science from San Jose State University and previously worked as a librarian at Duke University.

About the Narrator

Elizabeth Sastre has narrated dozens of audiobooks, including Bed Rest by Sarah Bilston, Brick Lane by Monica Ali, and The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde, which was an AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year in 2004.