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Lady Killer/Secret Admirer (2 Books in One)

Lady Killer/Secret Admirer (2 Books in One)
Author: Michele Jaffe
ISBN 13: 9780345455628
ISBN 10: 345455622
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 2002-04
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 896
List Price: $6.99


Two murderers stalk their prey throughout England—from the glittering ballrooms of London to the loneliest country lanes—and two romances blossom in their dark shadows . . .

Three years ago Miles Loredan believed he had killed the bloodthirsty fiend known as the Vampire of London. When a beautiful sleuth named Clio Thornton stumbles upon what can only be the Vampire’s latest victim, Miles is drawn into a terrifying race against the clock. Captivated at once by intelligent, lovely Clio, his first impulse is to protect her. Because every clue points to the Vampire’s next victim: Clio.

Lady Tuesday Arlington seeks refuge from the horrible nightmares that invade her sleep by doing what she does best—she paints them. But when her husband is found dead in a setting identical to one she has painted, she becomes the prime suspect. Lawrence Pickering, special investigator to Her Majesty, the Queen, takes over the inquiry and cannot help but fall for the beautiful and talented Tuesday. But a cruelly sinister presence waits to turn their picture-perfect love into a masterpiece of murder.

Publishers Weekly

Set in London in the late 1500s, this hefty volume offers two distinctly different but equally pleasing paranormal thrillers in one tidy package. In Secret Admirer, a killer with a fixation for the letter W is messing with Lady Tuesday Arlington's pretty head. The Lion, as he calls himself, seems to be able to invade Tuesday's dreams and turn them into horrific nightmares that come true. When Tuesday unknowingly paints the scene of her abusive husband's grisly murder, she becomes the prime suspect, until she becomes a target. The reader soon learns, however, that it isn't Tuesday the Lion is after; it's Tuesday's new beau, Lawrence Pickering, head of Her Majesty's operation against smuggling. This stylishly abstract offering will challenge the attention span with its abrupt scene changes, surrealistic tone and harebrained heroine, who withholds vital information despite being faced with the threat of arrest. Still, there are enough surprising plot twists and enigmatic secondary characters to propel readers to finish this turbulent read and launch right into Jaffe's (The Water Nymph) next offering, a comedic mystery featuring detective Clio Thornton and her smart, simian sidekick, Toast. Clio is already on the outs with her wealthy relatives for taking after her adventurous father; now she risks losing her allowance by disrupting her cousin's marriage to Viscount Miles Loredan. Miles supposedly killed the Vampire of London three years earlier, but Clio is convinced the creature has resurfaced. To replenish her dwindling cash flow, Clio proposes that Miles hire her to track down the vampire, an offer Miles has his own reasons for refusing. With a cast of hundreds and a dozen or so sub-plots to keep up with, readers may find themselves floundering for a solid foothold in both books, but fans of tall tales featuring supernatural killers will consider this a bargain at twice the price. (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.