Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Book Review: Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick

Garden of Lies
Author: Amanda Quick
Publication: G.P. Putnam's Sons (April 21, 2015)

Description: The Kern Secretarial Agency provides reliable professional services to its wealthy clientele, and Anne Clifton was one of the finest women in Ursula Kern’s employ. But Miss Clifton has met an untimely end—and Ursula is convinced it was not due to natural causes.

Archaeologist and adventurer Slater Roxton thinks Mrs. Kern is off her head to meddle in such dangerous business. Nevertheless, he seems sensible enough to Ursula, though she does find herself unnerved by his self-possession and unreadable green-gold eyes…

If this mysterious widowed beauty insists on stirring the pot, Slater intends to remain close by as they venture into the dark side of polite society. Together they must reveal the identity of a killer—and to achieve their goal they may need to reveal their deepest secrets to each other as well…

My Thoughts: Ursula Kern is a woman with a secret past who has reinvented herself and become the owner of high class secretarial agency. When one of her workers dies unexpectedly, she decides to investigate. Before she can take her workers place, she has to resign from her current position with archaeologist and man of mystery Slater Roxton. Slater is worried that Ursula is going to be in danger and determines to protect her.

Slater is an interesting character because he is not a member of the upper class. His father was upper class but his mother, an actress, was only his father's mistress. However, their relationship was close and long lasting. In fact, his father chose Slater to manage his estate for his two younger half brothers after his death. Slater has spent years as an adventurer and had a near death experience which resulted in his spending a year at a monastery where he developed a unique philosophy and became a vegetarian. London is rife with rumors about him which he finds amusing.

The couple finds themselves in all kinds of danger as they investigate Ursula's friend's death. They find themselves involved in a plot to gain a monopoly on an exotic new drug which leads to murders, murder attempts, and blackmail.

This was another enjoyable historical mystery from Quick.

Favorite Quote:
For some strange reason people tended to discount the possibility that a man wearing spectacles might prove dangerous.
I bought this book for my Kindle. You can buy your copy here.


  1. I haven't read Quick in years but this sounds like a great historical mystery. I always loved her writing so I'll have to check this one out.

  2. Love that quote! This sounds right up my galley. I hope I don't have to wait too much longer at the library.


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