Thursday, April 30, 2015

Review 'Garden of Lies' by Amanda Quick
The New York Times bestselling author of 'Otherwise Engaged' and 'The Mystery Woman' presents an all-new novel of intrigue and murder set against the backdrop of Victorian London...

The Kern Secretarial Agency provides reliable professional services to its wealthy clientele, and Anne Clifton was one of the finest women in Ursula Kern’s employ. But Miss Clifton has met an untimely end—and Ursula is convinced it was not due to natural causes.

Archaeologist and adventurer Slater Roxton thinks Mrs. Kern is off her head to meddle in such dangerous business. Nevertheless, he seems sensible enough to Ursula, though she does find herself unnerved by his self-possession and unreadable green-gold eyes…

If this mysterious widowed beauty insists on stirring the pot, Slater intends to remain close by as they venture into the dark side of polite society. Together they must reveal the identity of a killer—and to achieve their goal they may need to reveal their deepest secrets to each other as well…

My Review:

I’ve been a fan of Jayne Ann Krentz, a.k.a. Amanda Quick ever since I read one of her books almost a year ago. She is a very talented author, and her stories are a perfect mix of mystery and romance. When I was asked to read and review ‘Garden of Lies’ I was super excited. Not only is the cover really beautiful, but the book description also sounded like something I would really love.

In ‘Garden of Lies’ we meet Ursula Kern, a strong woman for her time, and the owner of the Kern Secretarial Agency, a business were woman can earn honest money with an honest job. Ursula has been a widow for some time now, and she is truly happy with her job and her life. But when she meets Archaeologist and adventurer Slater Roxton, she immediately feels an attraction to the handsome man. When one of Ursula’s employers is found dead, Ursula is sure this is murder. When no one else believes her she tells Slater, and although he isn’t completely convinced of murder, she can’t possible solve this mystery alone. Together they are set to find the murderer, but soon the story becomes more complicated.

Just like the other books by Amanda Quick this book is exciting and fun from the very beginning. Somehow her writing style makes me want to keep reading until the very end of the book. ‘Garden of Lies’ is no exception on that part. I loved this book and the characters are also very fun and easy to love.
‘Garden of Lies’ takes place in Victorian London and I really love the charms of that time. The way people talk to each other, the dresses and especially the romance of that time. I don’t think that it was really all that romantic when you lived in it, but now, years later I really enjoy the romance of that time and the way people wooed each other.

The two main characters were really fun to get to know. First we have Ursula Kern, a strong and hardworking widow who isn’t the least sorry she doesn’t have a man in her life. Ursula really thinks her life is complete, but Slater Roxton makes her feel things she just doesn’t comprehend.
Slater has been trapped on an Island for a year, after he and a friend went treasure hunting. Now he is back in London and everyone seems to think he is a little mad, and has some strange hobbies. I loved Slater’s character. He was really passionate, kind, and definitely not boring at all.

The mystery in this book is very well written. There is a lot going on but not so much that you lose information. The story is greatly developed, everything fits and the clues are not so easy that you learn the truth way before the characters do.
Yes, this was definitely a very nice and enjoyable book. I definitely recommend it! 

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About the Author:

Jayne Ann Krentz, who also writes historical and futuristic fiction under the pseudonyms Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle respectively, has more than fifty New York Time beststellers under her various pen names; more than twenty-five million copies of her books are in print. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

For more information about Jayne Ann Krentz, a.k.a. Jayne Castle of ‘The Hot zone’ please visit her website, Goodreads or Amazon. Or look for Jayne on Facebook and Twitter. 

Many thanks to Clara Diaz and Little, Brown Book Group for giving me the opportunity to read this amazing book.

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