The Mystery Woman
Author: Amanda Quick aka Jayne Ann Krentz aka Jayne Castle
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
Series: Ladies of Lantern Street, Bk 2
Obtained: Library copy
Why this book?:
I'm a long-time fan of JAK/AQ/JC - And I just read the first Ladies of Lantern Street book, Crystal Gardens.
Beatrice and Joshua end up in a race to discover a blackmailer, a murderer, a madman... all while escaping danger to themselves and becoming romantically attached.
The thing about JAK books that I love are the aspects (the so-called "formulaic elements") that I can depend on. That the heroine will be a strong, independent, and positive woman even if she has faced hardship. That the hero will be dark, a bit jaded or a loner, but quick to see the strength in the heroine and a balance of protective and understanding her strengths. (BTW, these are things that I don't feel are all there in her oldest books from the 80s and somewhat the early 90s.) The hero and heroine will face danger together. The heroine will believe in or see beneath the exterior of the hero even when others do not. And often there will be younger secondary characters that the hero, heroine, or both mentor. And of course, in the end there will be a HEA.
This had that, though the connections, etc. didn't feel quite as strong or stand out quite so much. Overall, I enjoyed this as usual.
A sample of the audio version (I read the print):