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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,188 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Arcane Society Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781423340799
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Plagued by rumors that she poisoned her fiancé, Lucinda Bromley manages to live on the fringes of polite society, tending her beloved plants—and occasionally consulting on a murder investigation. For the notorious botanist possesses a unique talent: she can detect almost any type of poison, especially ones that have their origins in the botanical kingdom.

But the death of a lord has shaken Lucinda to her core. At the murder scene, she picks up traces of a poison containing a very rare species of fern. So rare, in fact, that only one specimen exists in all of England—and it was stolen from her conservatory just last month.

To keep her name out of the investigation and to find the murderer, Lucinda hires a fellow Arcane Society member. Caleb Jones runs a psychical investigation agency. A descendant of the founder of the Society, he is very good at protecting its secrets—and frighteningly good getting at the truth. Immediately, Lucinda senses both a raw power and undeniable intensity in the imposing man.

But as a nearly overwhelming desire blooms between Caleb and Lucinda, they are drawn into the dark heart of a deadly conspiracy that can be traced to the early days of the Arcane Society—and to a legacy of madness that could plunge Caleb into the depths of his own tortured soul.…

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 2/15/2014

    " A book in the Arcane Series. Typical Amanda Quick. Enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/14/2014

    " Pleasant and fluffy, but I'd kind of like a bit more. It feels short. The minor characters are interesting, but their development seems desultry. "

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

    " This was a good one and I liked the premise. There's just something about this particular narrator though that doens't work for me. I always have a hard time getting into any book she narrates. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/29/2014

    " Another in the Arcane Society series. Here Lucinda Bromley is a fallen woman, having been accused of poisoning her fiance. Caleb Jones helps her untangle several other mysteries. A very quick read. Similar to others in the series but an enjoyable read nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christa | 1/27/2014

    " The author is re-visting the very beginnings of the Arcane Society and how it came to be structured et al. The mystery was decent as well. Botanical in nature, quite fitting, as I was digging in the garden as I listened. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cara | 1/26/2014

    " Obviously predictable and kind of boring "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda Chan | 1/17/2014

    " I was bored reading this. Practically 80% of the book consists of someone explaining their thought processes from A to B to someone else (mostly the h/h), reciting what they did and why they did it in excruciating detail. I was skimming most of the dialogue by the end, and this book is made up mostly of dialogue too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/15/2014

    " My favorite of the Arcane Society books so far, though I can't really explain why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 1/15/2014

    " I loved this book. Both the main characters were quite interesting people and I loved their "professions". The romance was a little too predictable, but otherwise it was a fun story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 1/14/2014

    " I love everything this writer puts out, and this book was a hit with me. Caleb and Lucinda spar with each other and team up to form the legendary Jones and Jones, though I thought Bromley and Jones had a very nice ring to it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 1/8/2014

    " HFBC Book: It was okay but I really wanted to finish so I could read something else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie Bongiorno | 1/5/2014

    " Despite these books having mystery, murder and mayhem they do not get my blood pumping when I read them. They are romance novels. And every romanace is basically the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ariel | 12/8/2013

    " I liked this one a lot ! This series is just amazingg . (: "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah Wellenstein | 12/3/2013

    " I liked this book. A Victorian era romance by Amanda Quick (who is also Jayne Anne Krentz, and Jayne Castle) -part of the Arcane Society series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 dee | 12/2/2013

    " Murder, botany, romance...I will probably another from this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 11/19/2013

    " This book started out realy slow for me. It did get a little better but I didn't love it. I don't know if that has something to do with reading out of sequence or not. I didn't feel like I was missing anything. The characters are likable but I probably will not search out another in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary G. | 11/19/2013

    " Amanda Quick is one of my guilty pleasures and Perfect Poison was a great read. I was glad to see Quick wrote a story centered around Caleb Jones. These books are fun and not so series. Maybe I should add a shelve called guilty pleasures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia | 11/2/2013

    " Victorian? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlene | 8/5/2013

    " More adventure with the Arcane Society. I like how this series crosses back and forth with both pen names (Krentz and Quick), contemporary and historical settings, with each book standing alone well. As always, a solid read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Niccy whiteman-thistlethwa | 3/11/2013

    " it is a slow start, but seems interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dodie | 2/13/2013

    " Note to self: Stop reading her romances that have a supernatural element, you don't enjoy them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/9/2013

    " light and frothy diversion for steamy summer nights "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 12/1/2012

    " Setting reflects the Victorian psycic craze with a Victorian romance style. Some what interesting but no depth "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 11/17/2012

    " I like the books in this series. I also like the main characters. It kept me guessing a long while before I figured out the killer. A very good read..if you like strong characters including female and historical mystery. I do ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zazzu | 11/1/2012

    " Fluffy paranormal romance candy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 9/8/2012

    " Loved the premise and Ms. Quick's writing is superb. It's been awhile since I've read historical fiction I enjoyed this much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 8/30/2012

    " I loved this one in the Arcane series. Hope there is more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 7/4/2012

    " Convoluted yet boring - never really got engaged with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 3/5/2012

    " I really do like the Victorian Arcane Society books. They are fun and the characters are likeable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tabitha | 6/20/2011

    " I makes me smile to find out that he marryed Lucinda :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caliea | 6/5/2011

    " was my first book i have read of hers and it was very good like the story characters etc.. was ify at first then i really got into the book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger | 5/30/2011

    " This is my favorite of the Arcane Society series...and the beginning of Jones and Jones. Caleb and Lucinda. I have offically read all the Series now (at least all so far) and the J&J's win in my book. A psychic detective agency woot...got to love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 4/24/2011

    " An enjoyable installment of The Arcane Society series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyn | 4/5/2011

    " I might have first read this when it was published but clearly didn't remember that first time until opening the book for a second time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlene | 2/20/2011

    " I'm really enjoying the Arcane Society books, and hope to pick up the rest of them soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 1/30/2011

    " For a chic book this was pretty good. I don't read much of them but this one kept me amused. I liked that the main characters were not Mr. & Mrs. Perfect but slightly odd eccentrics. The actual "mystery" was not very captivating, but overall a quick fun little read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susann | 1/12/2011

    " Borrowed this from my grandmother, but lost interest fairly quickly and never finished it. I tend to reserve 1-star ratings for books I loathe, so am sticking with my 2-star rating for this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 1/4/2011

    " This is a very fun read, with lots of sparks between the protagonists and an intriguing paranormal mystery. A good escape read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 H.s. | 12/23/2010

    " She is great at what she does - historical romance with a psychic vibe. Fun to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shyama | 12/20/2010

    " It was entertaining but the writing was average and I hate harlequinesque romances. It was on the thriller/police shelf of the library otherwise I would never have borrowed it. If you like predictable dialogues and cheesy romance, it is better then most out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelica | 12/16/2010

    " good before sleep read -- kept my attention. "

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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

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including three AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has twice been an Audie Award finalist. She is an accomplished actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.