Amanda Quick writes novels set in the past. Jayne Ann Krantz writes in contemporary times and Jayne Castle's novels take place in the future. She usually writes in series (often trilogies) with one book by each author making up the group. Confusing right? The thing that makes it all okay for me is that I enjoy her books. Not so much things in the future, but the others always seem to work, so I'm willing to accept her multiple personalities. Her formula is pretty consistent - murder/mystery, a love story, and paranormal energy / psychic talents. This book is no exception.
The Crystal Gardens is the first book in the Ladies of Lantern Street series. (I expect that there will be three, but I'm not sure and I couldn't find any info from the usual sources). Set in a time that is unidentified, but clearly the past, in Little Dixby which is "far from the streets of London", we are introduced to Novelist and Professional Companion Evangeline Ames. Ms. Ames has taken refuge in a rented cottage to mend and restore her well being following an attempt on her life.
Lucas Sebastian is the new owner of Crystal Gardens, and Ms. Ames' landlord. The Gardens, which he inherited from his recently departed uncle, possess mystical powers and energy that draw the two toward it (and each other) while terrifying the townspeople. Following a second attack Ms. Ames takes shelter in the Garden. Together she and Mr. Sebastian attempt to determine who is trying to murder her and why.
In addition to this main story line several sub plots develop creating unexpected twists, an interesting blend of intrigue, romance and paranormal treasure hunting! So what did I think? I enjoyed it. It felt a bit familiar, but I've read many of her books - and being predictable isn't always a bad thing. It's light (well for murder!), it's easy and kept me interested all the way through. A good escape from the everyday and I'm sure I'll read the next in the series.
With Crystal Gardens finished, I immediately dove into The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark. Another mystery, this one involving murder, adultery and a parchment thought to be the only know writing of Jesus Christ! Be sure to stop back and see how I liked this one.
I'm linking up today's post with An Accidental Knitter. She's been running something called the Thursday Book Challenge. Although interest may have waned some, I'd doing my part to help revive it - because I think sharing books once a week is a great idea! If you're interested drop by and give her a nod. I'm sure she'd love to hear from you.
Alrighty friends, that'll do it for today. So glad you came on by. Until next time,
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