The Mystery Woman
by Amanda Quick
Editor: Berkley Books
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The Second Ladies of the Lantern Romanesque Street by Amanda Quick explores the crimes, passions and paranormal secrets of Victorian LondonUnder the plain gray skirts of Miss Beatrice Lockwood dress, a pistol awaits at handFor Beatrice is paying companion on a secret mission–and with a secret of the past–and she must be ready to fight for her life at all timesYet, she is strangely sent back to deactivate protection by the fierce in search of the man who joins her in thwarting a crime outside a ball, and then disappears into the shadows, leaving only her cardHis name is Joshua Gage, and he claims to know Beatrice employersBeyond, it’s an enigma with a quiet hypnotic voice and ebony and steel caneJoshua, who conducts clandestine Crown investigations, is just as intriguedHe has a personal interest in Miss Lockwood, an alleged thief and a murderer, not to mention a fraudster who claims to have psychic powers.The quest to discover where she is has drawn from her gloomy impulses to throw herself into the sea–and engaged her curiosity about the true Beatrice Lockwood, whose mind, which he suspects, is not as delicate as her face and figure.He only knows one thing, however: This beauty flame to the hair was present on the evening of Roland Fleming died at the Academy of Occult SciencesGuilty or not, she is his guide a trail of blood and blackmail, hypnosis and madness–a path that will lead him both into the clutches of a killer who calls himself the Bone of Man
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