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Late for the Wedding

Late for the Wedding
Author: Amanda Quick
ISBN 13: 9780553756128
ISBN 10: 553756125
Edition: Abridged
Publisher: Random House Audio
Publication Date: 2003-04
Format: Audio Cassette
Pages: N/A
List Price: $25.00

New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick returns with a thrilling venture into romance and mystery, featuring the most unusual, highly compatible undeniably combustible pairing of Tobias March and his mesmerizing partner, Lavinia Lake.

An invitation to a country house party at Beaumont Castle provides a perfect solution to Tobias and Lavinia s most exasperating challenge: how to escape the chaos of London for a remote, relaxing and above all romantic retreat from prying eyes and wagging tongues. But the lovers plans are foiled when their first cozy interlude of the weekend is disrupted by the appearance of a stunning woman from Tobias s past. Aspasia Gray s beauty is as haunting as her connection to Tobias. Her long-deceased fiancÚ was a friend of his in addition to being an eccentric assassin. The mysterious nature of the bond between Tobias and Aspasia makes Lavinia more than a little uncomfortable. Especially as her first encounter with Aspasia...

Publishers Weekly

Private investigators Lavinia Lake and Tobias March (Slightly Shady; Don't Look Back) return to the chase in Regency England, hot on the trail of a murderer for hire when not disporting themselves discreetly beneath the sheets. This time a macabre murderer appears to be copycatting two killers who left behind memento mori rings at the scenes of their crimes. The original Memento Mori Man murdered for hire decades earlier, taking on assignments only if he thought the target thoroughly deserved death. Three years before the start of this novel, the same "ghastly signature" was employed by Zachary Elland in tribute to his predecessor. Elland, March's fellow spy (during the Napoleonic wars), committed suicide after March unmasked him, so when a memento mori ring turns up on the doorstep of Elland's rich lover, Aspasia Gray, March is not surprised when she seeks him out at Lord Beaumont's country-house party. Lake, however, is dismayed, since Gray wants more than just March's investigative skills. A murder is promptly committed at Beaumont's estate, and Lake and March launch their investigations, centering on a certain unstylish blonde wig and a trio of dangerous, dowagers. Quick, a pseudonym for prolific romance author Jayne Anne Krentz, relies on her quicksilver sense of humor and tart research into period hairdressers and British upper-crust society. Lake and March's lusty if predictable romps should please Quick fans, as should the contrasting "demure" period flirtation between Lake's niece, Emeline , and March's adopted brother, Anthony, which is tested by the arrival of Dominic Hood, Anthony's half-brother, suggesting future fireworks. As this engaging effort demonstrates, Quick has the Regency-murder mystery mix down to a fine science. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.