Thief of Shadows

Thief of ShadowsWinters Makepeace has been hiding a secret from his family for nine years. Winters is the St. Giles Ghost. He protects those who can not in this area of crime but now Winter’s life is being thrown off its axis. He will meet a woman who has his heart beating faster and a bigger problem as his secret is no longer his own. He will have to protect the children, protect Isabel and then himself.

Lady Isabel Beckinhall is a wealthy widow with money to spend and plenty time on her hands. She starts to invest in the foundling house for children but then her attention diverts to the manger of the house, Winters. He is too quiet and not dignified for her taste but soon she starts to wonder about him. She is shocked to find that he is the Ghost who she saved and even more shocked to find that he was getting under her skin.

This Maiden Lane series keeps going strong with each book Elizabeth Hoyt writes. The fourth book Thief of Shadows was entertaining as the previous ones have been. The masked ghost of St. Giles is unmasked! Reading the series you had a feeling that Winters was going to be playing a bigger role. I liked Winters as our masked vigilantist for St. Giles. Winters it appeared had a split personality when it came to this series. For me it was a little strange with his control that threatened to burst his composure. He fought two sides of himself like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Then we have Isabel who was a feisty woman throughout the book that had backbone with her own faults.

In this story I have to say I wasn’t sure of the villain with any of the hints. I had a couple on my list but none were the correct villain. Now the next book to the series does not come out until the month of February in 2013 which is not too far away. Hoyt leaves us with a twist at the end with our next character that I did not see coming. I am interested in how Meg and Godric will get along in Hoyt’s fifth book Lord of Darkness.

Lie By Moonlight by Amanda Quick

The last and fourth book of the Vanza series was an absolute delight to read.

Hired to tutor four orphan girls to remote, ramshackle Aldwick Castle, Miss Concordia Glade is pleased to find her pupils both eager and bright.  Indeed, they are bright enough to have noticed some oddities about their situation.  Provided for by an unseen benefactor, they are surrounded at all times by hard-eyed guards in the guise of gardners and their previous tutor, she learns, disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Stepping into this uncertain atmosphere, Concordia sees at once what must be done.  The plan is daring in scope and execution, but with the help of her four students, the great escape stands a good chance of success.  Of course, even the best laid plans can go awry…and even the most independent, strong-minded lady must occasionally accept an offer of help.

During an investigation into a woman’s death, private inquiry agent Ambrose Wells finds himself on the castle grounds  and in the middle of chaos.  The building is in flames.  People are dead.  And a woman and four girls are fleeing on horseback.  A confirmed loner, Ambrose nevertheless finds himself taking Concordia and her students under his wing.  His past has made him eminently suitable to protect them from the person behind the events at Aldwick Castle: a notorious London crime Lord who will stop at nothing to destroy those who know his secrets.

Their lives at risk, Concordia and the girls must remain safely in hiding until Ambrose is able to unravel the dark conspiracy.  But if the girls have learned anything from Miss Glade, it is the value of curiosity a quality their teacher possess in great abundance.  She has never been one to sit back quietly and let others take care of her.  As the danger circles ever closer, Ambrose adn Concordia must work together to discover a way out of the darkness.  In the process, they will learn a few lessons themselves about stubbornness, courage, and love.

The last book of the series was wonderful to read.  There was intrigue, excitement and entertainment.  I loved the plot of a teacher who takes four of the girls and manages an escape.

The characters were creative and enduring while the plot was entertaining.  I love each trait of the characters as they worked their way through the plot, each were unforgettable.

Quick leaves you with a smile at the end where everyone is moving toward the future.