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Amanda Quick is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers. She writes historical romance novels under the Quick name, contemporary romantic suspense novels under the Krentz name, and futuristic romance novels under the pseudonym Jayne Castle. There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print.

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In Quick's (Jayne Ann Krentz's pseudonym) mediocre latest installment to the Arcane Society series, Leona Hewitt, a crystal reader, and Thaddeus Ware, a hypnotist, meet trying to steal the same relic-the aurora stone-from a private collection, but a murdered prostitute and a trap protecting the stone initially complicate their success. Thaddeus, hired by the Arcane Society to claim the stone, allows the plot's loudly grinding gears to ally him with Leona. Both Leona and Thaddeus are sensible and pragmatic, qualities that make for efficient sleuths but passionless lovers, and Quick has to try unusually hard to make their romance believable. The story fares better when it focuses on the crystal and its connections to secret societies, to the Midnight Monster (a hackneyed serial killer) and to Leona's personal history. When the plot threads finally pull taut and the villains' motives and schemes are completely (if clumsily) exposed, Leona is endangered in a suspenseful climax. This is unlikely to garner Quick any new fans, or even delight her devotees, but it will tide them over until the next episode. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Leona Hewitt sneaks into Lord Delbridge's private museum to steal back a family heirloom and encounters mesmerist Thaddeus Ware, who knows that the heirloom is trouble. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Praise for The Third Circle

"Quick deftly distills intrigue, romance and a dash of the paranormal into a beguiling story."--Chicago Tribune "The latest in Quick's delightfully original, paranormal-spiced Arcane Society series is another dazzling combination of superbly realized characters, an intrigue-studded plot, and spellbindingly sexy romance."--Booklist "Mystery, danger and the otherworldly come together in this compelling read."--BookPage "Amanda Quick...is in top form for this deftly plotted Victorian London romantic thriller."--The Seattle Times "Compelling...It's just another example of why you can't go wrong with a Jayne Ann Krentz-written book--no matter what name she uses."--The State (Columbia, SC) "This fast-paced story resolves itself quite satisfactorily while adding to the ongoing story of the society."--Library Journal "The Third Circle is Amanda Quick at her mesmerizing best with an enchanting historical romantic suspense that contains a rousing romp, an intriguing mystery, and a touch of the fantasy that come together nicely in a cleverly crafted story line."--Midwest Book Review "Quick has a knack for finding unique characters, and this book is no exception. The Arcane Society has inspired her to explore new avenues, and the readers reap the benefits. There is plenty of action, suspense, and just enough romance to keep the pages turning to the very last."--A Romance Review

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