Saturday, April 9, 2011

Quicksilver (Arcane # 11) by Amanda Quick

Virginia Dean wakes at midnight beside a dead body, with a bloody knife in her hand and no memory of the evening's events. Dark energy, emanating from the mirrors lining the room, overpowers her senses. With no apparent way in or out, she is rescued by a man she has met only once before, but won't soon forget.
Owen Sweetwater inherited his family's talent for hunting the psychical monsters who prey on London's women and children, and his investigation into the deaths of two glass-readers has led him here. The high-society types of the exclusive Arcane Society would consider Virginia an illusionist, a charlatan, even a criminal, but Owen knows better. Virginia's powers are real-and they just might be the key to solving this challenging case. (synopsis from Barnes &

Amanda Quick, aka Jayne Anne Krentz, aka Jayne Castle, adds another excellent book to the Arcane series of paranormal romantic suspense.  Whew! that was a mouthful- sort of like explaining this series.  A patron in our library came in and had the 7th book in the series and wanted to start from the beginning, so I was called over to help them make a list so they could take them out in order. Trying to explain that they went back and forth between author names and between contemporary and historical genres was difficult.  Then, explaining that the latest two trilogies within the overall series include a futuristic setting just added to the complexity.  And that is what I love about these books, the complexity and the continuity.

After reading this book, and talking to the patron earlier, I think I am going to crack open the earlier ones and re-read the entire series. I own them all as books and in audio as well. There is a teaser for the next book Canyons of Night by Jayne Castle at the end. I can't wait!

Library note: This book will be available in the adult NEW book section  at RPL after April 19.  The other books in the series are also on the shelves in the fiction section and as audio CD.

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