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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (Nov. 23 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553584863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553584868
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #442,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From 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.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Adult/High School-Lavinia and Tobias, private inquiry agents, have looked forward to relaxing in one another's company at a weekend house party in the country. However, they are asked to leave when they suggest that a guest's death was a murder. With minimal clues available, the sleuths and their eager, young assistants, Emmeline and Anthony, realize that there have been other suspicious deaths, with an unusual common denominator. Has a murderer come back from the dead? Quick is an expert at witty dialogue, which keeps the plot moving, and the depiction of early-19th-century England. Fans of the series will particularly enjoy learning more about Tobias's mysterious past and prior relationships, which are an important part of this story. It is not necessary to have read the earlier novels to enjoy this light mystery.
Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
I'm beginning to feel ripped off - what would be one good book is stretched out by the publisher to three oh-so-indifferent books. Together, all three of this series might come close to one of Amanda Quick's earlier works.
I can see why the publishers do it:
** They'd have to charge $27 or more for one GOOD novel
** By splitting the book, they get $23 each for three NOT-SO-GOOD novels
** The split books still look the same because of wider margins and larger type styles
I can't see why the authors do it, though. Don't they see they are disappointing their readers, and ultimately might turn us off completely?
I won't complain about plots or characters. I know before I buy a hybrid romance/mystery that it's a combination of both genre's and, therefore, neither the romance nor the mystery will be GREAT. You get 6 of one and 1/2 dozen of the other. If you buy one of these hybrid novels, you get characters like Tobias and the crew with several light mysteries thrown in with the lighter version of a romance novel.
I just wish the authors and publishers would quit trying to rip me off. This three book series would have ACTUALLY made only one good book.
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By Jem S. on March 9 2004
Format: Hardcover
I admit that her first two books of Lavinia and Tobias are a little bit on the dull side, especially "Don't Look Back" I read them so painstakingly in a span of one week. But this one, I thought Quick has finally grasped Lavinia and Tobias's character. The comedy has improved a lot and I found myself laughing a lot of times. The mystery is a lot funner but the suspect is so EASY to guess. Gosh, it's a no-brainer! Quick has no talent in writing these kind of mysteries. I was hoping I was wrong with my hunches, but I was really disappointed that I figured out the case faster than Lavinia and Tobias had: Im not showing off or anything, ha ha, no Im not...I wish I was, but there's no glory on this one indeed.
There are a lot of side stories in this novel: Vale and Joan, Dominic and Priscilla, Emeline and Anthony. I dont know about others, but, truthfully, I enjoyed reading their little scenes. I wish this is not a trilogy coz even though I have a low opinion of these 3 books, I have to say that Quick has a potential in improving the story line.
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I adore Jayne Anne Krentz's writings - whatever the name - and have nearly everything she has written going back to the old Candlelights. Krentz/Quick is one writer I keep and generally buy in hardback, and will even reread them. But I am, once again, sadly disappointed in her #2 and #3 in her trilogies. I know the publishers of today are pushing for trilogies and series, trying to keep readers hooked for more sales. But frankly, they are causing people to grumble, and with good reason, maybe even driving the very fans away with this trend. Jayne Ann - I love you work, but you REALLY NEED to listen to your fans. Your Trilogies are NOT holding up. You give us a SUPER first books, the paler, weaker second and third in the series. You see the same complaint, so-so mysteries with the leads and their romance taking a backseat to too busy story lines. And I see a lot of fans saying NO more. I really hate to see this happening to such a talented writer.
I REALLY wanted to love this book. It's a nice read. But I recommend it for Quick/Krentz devoted fans only, and then, I would suggest waiting for paperback or picking it up at the library. Disappoint hurts less when you don't pay as much!
Lavinia and Tobias from "Slightly Shady" and "Don't Look Back" put in their third - and hopefully last - appearance in a so-so mystery, along with her niece, Emeline, and his brother-in-law, Anthony. Lavinia has finally given up on seeing her niece married "properly", though Tobias has not given up on marriage to Lavinia. Tobias accompanies Lavinia to the county to Beaumont Castle, home of Lord Beaumont. Seems they never have any time alone for lovemaking. (Hum, poor Lavinia and Tobias cannot have time alone?
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They may have attended the country party seeking the opportunity for a little lovemaking, but when an aging Lord falls to his death, Lavinia Lake and Tobias March believe they have a murder on their hands. Unfortunately, they are the only ones who believe this and are promptly sent back to London. But the clues point to an old link in Tobias's life--a friend had once become a professional assassin. While the friend is dead, someone seems to have followed in his footsteps. With the friend's ex-fiancee as client, Tobias and Lavinia use their investigative talents to search for a killer who leaves behind a ring with a death-head mask.
Set in regency England, LATE FOR THE WEDDING details the social structure of the day, an emerging tendency toward prudery in the younger generation (leading to the Victorian era?), and the difficulties and risks facing a woman who is contracted to the wrong marriage. Because marriage is firmly in the mind of Tobias, Lavinia, Ermeline and Anthony (Lavinia having abandoned the idea of a 'suitable' marriage for her niece). The mystery is well done, with dangerous moments and heroic rescues.
LATE FOR THE WEDDING is the third in a series of novels about Tobias and Lavinia. Talented author Amanda Quick makes the stories interesting, but the banter between Tobias and Lavinia is starting to run a little thin--perhaps in creating the title, Quick realized that this should be the end of a fine series and that she might even have been a little late resolving the romantic issues. But then again, perhaps we will see this couple again.
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