Publication Date: April 3, 2001
Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback
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Four cassettes, 6 hrs.
Performance by Elizabeth Sastre
Danger seems to follow wherever Lavinia Lake goes. Her shop in Italy is thoroughly destroyed by a stranger. Upon her return to England with her niece, she becomes the target of a blackmailer. When she goes to his home to confront him, his murdered body is what she finds. Worse, the same stranger in Italy catches her with the body.
His name is Tobias March, and he's a private investigator hired by a secret employer to capture the last surviving member of a criminal gang. The identity of that person is in a diary, now missing but last possessed by Lavinia's blackmailer, who accused her of working for the gang in Italy. She's incensed — and desperate to find the diary. If its false allegations about her ever bacomes public knowledge, her niece's one chance at a proper Season in London society would be utterly ruined.
There's only one thing to do — join forces with Tobias, who has already determined her innocence of all shady dealings. The trail to a murderer and the diary leads them all over London, from the grand home of a widowed countess and the smoky rooms of an alley pub to waxwork museums and a venerable club. For Lavinia and Tobias, what begins as a business arrangement turns to breath-stealing passion even as a ruthless villain watches them, ready to take their lives at the first opportunity.
Amanda Quick, a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, is a bestselling, award-winning author of contemporary and historical romances. She makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Frank.
"If you start an Amanda Quick book in the late afternoon, you'll probably spend the night with it."
— The Denver Post
"Spirited heroines and sardonic heroes populate this sexy Regency-era thriller by the ever reliable Quick ... Quick offers the parry and thrust of danger and romance ... Works splendidly."
— Publishers Weekly