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Publisher's Summary

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...

Listen to another Arcane Society novel.
©2009 Amanda Quick (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Joie
  • California
  • 12-13-09

Bad Editing/Directing

The story is good, the reader is OK but the editing is terrible. When the reading was spliced the new and the old ran together with no break between words and the tone quality was very different. At the end of each chapter there was no pause, in fact, the next chapter number was announced in conjunction with the last word of the previous chapter. The whole effect was startling and detracted from the entire experience.

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Good book

I don't usually listen to romances but these add a bit of spice and mystery to their stories making them worth it .

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  • Jan
  • MKE
  • 02-19-18

A good read

Good storytelling! The wrongfully accused psychically gifted botanist needs help from the Arcane Society's psychic investigator to prevent being wrongfully accused of murder by finding her stolen unique fern. Add in their odd romance, the romance between her young cousin with a husband list and his new consultant the enhanced magician, an insane killer, and the usual bad guys who are trying to recreate the founders formula and you have the basis for this very entertaining novel. I bought the hardcover when it first came out, and now the only copy I have is audio.
Anne Flosnik gives a good performance without her unfortunate over dramatic tendencies.

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This book is a lot of fun. It is also vital history of the Arcane society.

I really enjoyed it.. I just love clueless obsessive men.
If you love Krentz, this I one of my favorites.



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  • EnVee
  • JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, United States
  • 07-05-16

Poisonous People

Mysterious murder by gentleman of a secret society catapult Lucinda and Caleb in a whirlwind of suspense,secrets and romance.I love Amanda Quick..she has a way with mysteries and add a little bit of romance in there and she provides a perfect concoction to get your imagination going.Loved the book.

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loved it !

great read loved the story Intrigue romance mystery and paranormal all in all-in-one book !

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Another fun story of Romance and adventure!

Each story should stand on its own merits, and this one's no different. I typically read her stories many times to have a credible opinion. After I re-read the story I will submit a better report. However, it's cute at the first read. Have fun!

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  • Marie
  • Tallahassee, FL, United States
  • 08-29-09

More a harlequin romance than a mystery novel

This is my first purchase of an Amanda Quick novel. I bought it based on hearing the first chapter (one of Audible's freebies). I thought the first chapter was great: a woman with a preternatural expertise in botanical poisons, who is herself a victim of a scandal, is called in to consult on a murder. Add to the mix a society of similarly preternaturally individuals, and one would expect an insidious but delicious undercurrent of the supernatural in this otherwise conventional murder mystery. I even welcomed the apparent tension and attraction between the two main characters. But I did not anticipate the rather embarrassing sex scenes and tedious dialogue. I'm no prude but the sex scenes made me blush and laugh out loud in turn (which is embarrassing when you are in a public place). And the original murder seemed too quickly to fade into the background. It was too neatly done up.

While the subsequent resolution of the protagonist's scandals was interesting, it still made the plot seem a bit off since I hadn't read any of Ms. Quick's earlier novels. But, then, if I had, I probably would not have purchased this one.

I enjoyed the narrator for most of the novel, but her male characters had a tendency to sound drunk, as their words seemed slurred when she lowered her voice to effect them.

Finally, the writing itself was rather uneven: tedious and long dialogue in scenes where you would expect the characters to be quiet because they are encroaching on a possible murder scene; and spots of humor (such as repartee between characters) that seemed forced.

This novel might be more fun to read in book form, like a good beach-read, but then I know I still would have found myself laughing aloud at the sex scenes ... and that would be embarrassing.

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  • Laurie
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 05-22-09

been there, done that

I was so looking forward to this book and after listening to it was disappointed. It is dull and lacks originality. Characters types, behaviours and descriptions are recycled from previous works with a different name pasted on. Plot points are reused from other books. Interesting concept anchors the series, but, author seems to have run out of steam and has difficulty executing. Been there, done that, bought the tshirt.

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  • Deborah
  • Santa Rosa, CA, USA
  • 09-21-09

Average

I'm an Amanda Quick fan but for some reason this book did not do it for me. Perhaps it is because I've read so many that I just wanted more. Most of her other books are very good though.

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