Calista Langley operates an exclusive "introduction" agency in Victorian London, catering to respectable ladies and gentlemen who find themselves alone in the world. But now a dangerously obsessed individual has begun sending her trinkets and gifts suitable only for those in deepest mourning - a black mirror, a funeral wreath, a ring set with black jet stone. Each is engraved with her initials.
Desperate for help and fearing that the police will be of no assistance, Calista turns to Trent Hastings, a reclusive author of popular crime novels. Believing that Calista may be taking advantage of his lonely sister, who has become one of her clients, Trent doesn't trust her. Scarred by his past, he's learned to keep his emotions at bay, even as an instant attraction threatens his resolve. But as Trent and Calista comb through files of rejected clients in hopes of identifying her tormentor, it becomes clear that the danger may be coming from Calista's own secret past - and that only her death will satisfy the stalker....
©2016 Jayne Ann Krentz (P)2016 Recorded Books
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"Worst narration ever!"
This was the most annoying narration I have ever heard. Have always looked forward to the the latest from Amanda Quick. Started the book and realized this would be a struggle. The narrator made such a mockery of the characters I could not follow the story. Her characters are always strong independent women. The narrator made them into screeching half wits. If I can get those voices out of my head I may order the Kindle version
"Narration was Just Horrible"
Louise Jane Underwood makes the female characters sound like children or idiots and the men Ug. I do not understand why Recorded Books has continued to have her record Jane Ann Krentz aka Amanda Quick's books. They have even had her re-record other books done by excellent readers such as Michael Page and Anne Flosnik. I actually made myself listen to this book, but it was an absolute hardship. I am sure Ms. Underwood is a good reader for other venues but this is not one. It made me hate the story. I would not recommend this book due to the narration. Yuck! There are so many wonderful readers out there. I will not be buying any Amanda Quick audio books read by this narrator. The mechanical voices on my ipod are better.This is just not one of Jane's better stories.
"A screeching owl could have been a better narrator"
The story was fine but I would recommend reading this one instead of listening. The shrieking was so distracting. It detracted from the story. I would avoid this narrator unless maybe she was reading a children's book or something.
As a book, yes. A better story some some of Amanda Quick's other recent works.
Her voice was almost painful to listen to at times. It definitely made the characters less likable.
Pay more attention to reviews about the narrators.
Really was excited to get the newest Amanda Quick book. So enjoyable and the narrator was spot on. Some people complain that Ms Quick's books fit a pattern maybe a little added here and there but that is her style in her historical books. I really enjoy reading and listening to her stories. But to each his own.
"Terrible narration makes a mediocre story worse"
I couldn't get through more than 20 minutes of listening to this reader -- would not recommend this at all.
"Always love A Quicks"
Story was unique didn't know what to expect. I"be started fast forwarding love parts. Once through is plenty fore.
"great book with twists, a little drawnout..."
it was a great book. it was a bit drawn out, but the constant plot twists were intriging
"Amanda Quick- Always a delight"
Plot had unexpected twists, nicely done. Always enjoy Ms Quicks historical novels.
Narrator was not able to change "voices" as well most.
"Quick really needs to find another theme."
what is this? the fourth book focused on ritualistic murderer and/or death rituals? Amanda dear... I am a bit concerned with your latest obsession. There are other; healthier themes. That aside, the main characters are engaging
"A fun story"
I enjoy the recorded books. Hearing the story acted out (so to speak) gives the story something extra.
The two main characters played together nicely and additional characters meshed as well.
I liked the story. My all time favorites are her earlier works. Her one name titles. I like the fact that her ladies are progressive thinkers and they get a chance to shine. Keep in mind this is AQ's world, and we are her invited guest. I say enjoy the ride!
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