Bantam, Apr 2001, 23.95, 35o
After being stranded with her niece in Rome by her employer, Lavinia Lake opens up an antique shop. However, private investigator Tobias March destroys her merchandise and tells Lavinia to return to London or else. He says nasty villains have used her shop to pass messages. He explains that a criminal named Carlisle killed Bernard Ruckland and will murder again if necessary.
In London, Lavinia visits Holton Felix, an odious person trying to blackmail her. Instead of a confrontation, Lavinia finds Holton dead. Tobias enters the room a few minutes later. They search for a missing diary with incriminating evidence of treason and other crimes, but fail to find it. Thus starts the teaming of the reluctant professional detective Tobias with obstinate amateur sleuth Lavinia. Although each one insists to a beloved relative that they find the other despicable, they begin to fall in love. However, Tobias' investigation is dangerous and Lavinia has a tendency to place them in deadly situations.
New York Times best-selling author Amanda Quick furnishes her myriad of fans with an exciting non-stop historical romantic mystery with numerous twists and turns. The story line equally provides justice to the romance and the sleuthing, which, in turn, both historical sub-genre audiences will relish the tale. The lead characters are a fun pair either squabbling or loving while the secondary “good guys” enhance understanding of them. Hopefully, the writer will quickly return with more stories from this dynamic detective duo.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner