Don't Look Back Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1 2003
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Setting: Regency England
A London lady who's skilled in the practice of mesmerism, Lavinia Lake has launched a new career as a private investigator, a startling and slightly scandalous occupation for a woman in Regency England. Strong-willed and independent, Lavinia isn't a typical society widow, a fact which alternately attracts and frustrates her enigmatic partner, Tobias March. Lavinia and Tobias have a prickly and passionate relationship, and Tobias is determined to protect her, while Lavinia is just as determined to be an equal partner in their business.
When the wife of mesmerist Dr. Howard Hudson is murdered and a rare antique bracelet known as the Blue Medusa disappears, the doctor seeks Lavinia's help. Tobias is reluctant to become involved in the matter but Lavinia feels compelled to help her late father's associate. Their attempt to uncover the murderer leads them to obscure antiquities dealers, secret organizations, amoral heirs, and ladies of the evening. And when a madman threatens Lavinia's life, only Tobias can hope to save her.
Lavinia Lake and Tobias March began their adventures in the novel Slightly Shady, and in this second installment, author Jayne Ann Krentz, writing under her Amanda Quick pseudonym, further develops the couple's romantic relationship while entangling them in a murder mystery enhanced by an exploration of ancient British jewelry. The author also introduces a charming secondary couple in the mix of eccentric and interesting cast members. Fans of historical romance and mystery will welcome this latest offering from bestselling author Krentz. --Lois Faye Dyer --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
In this sequel to last year's Slightly Shady, bestseller Quick brings back the winning detective duo of Lake and March for another mysterious romp through Regency London. Settling in to a partnership both professional and personal, Lavinia Lake and Tobias March take on a case deeply intertwined with Lavinia's own past. An old family friend, the mesmerist Dr. Howard Hudson, introduces the couple to his beautiful young wife, Celeste, and not long after, Celeste is brutally murdered. Was she murdered for the sake of an ancient jewel, the Blue Medusa, reputed to confer upon the wearer mysterious powers? The Blue Medusa is missing, stolen from the household of the senile nobleman who last possessed it. As the investigation proceeds apace, both Lavinia's niece Emmeline and Tobias's brother-in-law, Anthony, insist that they wish to become investigators, too, apprenticing themselves to the older couple despite objections. A secondary romance between the younger couple offers a charming counterpoint to the growing relationship between Lavinia and Tobias. While Tobias endeavors to protect Lavinia from the danger looming from her own past, Lavinia goes about solving the case in her own way, resulting in a dramatic confrontation with the killer. Though the suspense is low-key throughout, Quick nevertheless pulls the reader along with her eminently readable blend of humor, sharp dialogue and well-paced plotting. Readers can only hope that they have not seen the last of Lake and March.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
But let me tell u, the ONLY JOY I got from reading this novel is when I got on the last page, not because it has a good ending(it was adequate) but because it's the last page and I'm FINALLY over it. I didn't really enjoy it, a lot of times I wanna put it down. It was so frustrating. I got the feeling of total detachment. Though I'll say, she is getting better on manuevering Tobias and Lavinia to invoke more humor into them. One more improvement is her attack on the mystery part. It's not hooking or anything, but still, it isn't easy to figure out...but it's not that hard either. If it's a good mystery ur looking for, I think u'll do better if u pick a Hardy Boys novel...
That said, I am still confused as to what exactly "mesmerism" is. Because it is discussed so much in both novels, I had expected there to be a more thorough explanation, especially since the idea is so central to the story. Since it's not a commonly used term, and since there isn't much information on the topic, I believe that Ms. Quick should have included more than just passing references to this archaic science. I believe I would have enjoyed the novel even more if this point had been clearer.
Regardless, this is a delightful book, but I'd certainly recommend reading "Slightly Shady" before beginning this one.
For those of you who have been reading JAK forever (like me), DON'T LOOK BACK is a tepid, uninspired reworking of her Guinevere Jones series published in the late 80's with a change of setting and the now de rigueur, motif-du-jour (hypnotism & Gallo-Roman antiquities).
I hate to say it because I hate to think that I've continued to pay top $$$ for JAK's mediocre hard covers all these years ... but the last book that she wrote that really zinged me was "The Golden Chance" in 1992. Just about everything else since then has been a gimmicky, tongue-firmly-in-cheek, self-parody of one or more of her earlier writing successes.
Recommendation to new readers: Skip the recent stuff and find JAK's back list previous to 1993. You won't be sorry.
Most recent customer reviews
I first read this series quite some time ago. I finally bought this book about Tobias and Lavinia. I find their stories quite funny in parts and have laughed until I have tears... Read morePublished on May 23 2014 by Linda J. Leclair
I like Amanda Quick, in fact I like her a lot, but I found this book disappointing. I think the problem for me was that it didn't introduce a new heroine and hero. Read morePublished on May 24 2004 by sue bradley
Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy Amanda Quick's works, but this time I was left feeling so-so. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2003 by C. DeMario
This book was interesting while reading it. I had read Slightly Shady before this one. I found Lavina not to be so much like herself in this one, yet to me she wasn't as annyoning... Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2003 by A. Gilliland
Don't Look Back was my first Amanda Quick novel. I am going to avoid this author from now on, due to the flat plot line and lackluster mystery. Read morePublished on June 2 2003
I hated the woman - and the man was soooo patronizing. I liked the other book but MY WORD what happened to her?????Published on May 8 2003
I have to start out by saying this was not my favorite of Amanda Quick's books. In this one it didn't seem to grab me and make me want to stop everything I was doing to be able to... Read morePublished on Dec 13 2002 by TSchlaack
No matter what name this writer happens to be writing under at the time, she can't fool me! I would know her style anywhere! I love her and all of her books. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2002
This was a delightful book and I enjoyed reading it however I miss the passion and sizzle of her earlier books. The characters are like old friends if you read the first book. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2002 by Dawn Jones