Amanda Quick is back with her series of Lavinia Lake and Tobias March. A Victorian romance that holds some mystery, suspense, danger and finally love.
The Plot of Don’t Look Back:
“As if a head for business and a nose for trouble aren’t enough to distinguish fiercely independent Lavinia Lake from the other women of London’s fashionable Claremont Lane, there is one more feature to set her apart. Lavinia is also well versed in the practice of mesmerism, an extraordinary gift that far surpasses mere charm and physical appeal. Nobody knows this better than the usually coolheaded Tobias March, who seem to have fallen hopelessly under the spell. Fortunately for all, however, Lavinia uses her powers for good. And ever since tragedy involving one of her subjects, she has even retired them in favor of her work with Lake and March, a joint venture providing “discreet private inquiries for individuals of quality.” Celeste Hudson, the stunningly beautiful young wife of a family friend and fellow mesmerist, would surely count herself among such individuals-were she still alive, that is.
While mythology’s Medusa could turn men to stone, lovely Celeste was more accustomed to turning them to jelly. In fact, unbeknownst to her husband. Howard, the ambitious Celeste was planning to use her talents to forge a new future in Society-one that would not include him. Sadly, her plans were cut short when she was murdered. Only a gentleman’s cravat evidence-small compensation for the strange and priceless bracelet that may have been snatched from her wrist as she drew her last breath.
As a result, Lake and March are soon in Howard Hudson’s employ on the trail of the killer. But Tobias is convinced the dashing widower is more interested in tracking down the missing relic. If so, Howard is not alone. Any number of ruthless types are after the very same antiquity, whose centerpiece is an unusual blue cameo of inestimable value and supposed legendary powers-power of immeasurable worth to anyone in Howard’s line of work.
Together, Lake and March undertake a tantalizing investigation that leads them from the glittering ballrooms of the ton to London’s seediest taverns to a mesmerist whose therapies include treating ladies suffering from “hysteria” via a most unconventional method-and, not least of all, to the darkest reaches of men’s psyches.”
I loved reading this book again. It was a while ago when I found the book but after re-reading the first one I knew I had to continue to read. I can’t seem to get enough of this series. I liked that the first introduced us to the characters and definetly pulled you in but the second book goes into Lavinia’s past people of the past show up. Tobias is not happy, which I love to read.
They are developing feelings for each other even though they were doing this in the first book, but now they are closure. Of course they are not the only ones close, Emmeline and Anthony have gotten even more close. Emmeline finally kisses Anthony.
I love the plot with the use of mesmerist. This is the part that Lavinia is the expert in and Tobias doesn’t believe but in this case both of them will have to pull together to solve this case.
Don’t Look Back is another thriller, mystery and enjoyable to read.