Friday, September 10, 2021

Friday Memes: Crystal Gardens by Amanda Quick

 Happy Friday everybody!

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The muffled thud of the shattered lock echoed like a thunderclap in the deep silence that drenched the cottage. Evangeline Ames recognized the sound at once. She was no longer alone in the house.
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"That's it?" Clarissa said. Incredulous sympathy rang in her words. "That is all there is to do here in Little Dixby? Tour a few ruins, have tea and a few tasteless sandwiches and and stop in a bookshop?"

"I'm afraid so," Evangeline said. "The most interesting sites around here are locked away behind the walls of Crystal Gardens."
This week I am spotlighting Crystal Gardens by Amanda Quick. I read this one for the first time in 2012 but this time I'm listening to the audiobook. Here is the description from Amazon:
New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick delivers “a promising start to a Victorian-era series”* with the first Ladies of Lantern Street novel…

Evangeline Ames has rented a country cottage far from the London streets where she was recently attacked. Fascinated by the paranormal energy of nearby Crystal Gardens, she finds pleasure in sneaking past the wall to explore the grounds. And when her life is threatened again, she instinctively goes to the gardens for safety.

Lucas Sebastian has never been one to ignore a lady in danger, even if she is trespassing on his property. Quickly disposing of her would-be assassin, he insists they keep the matter private. There are rumors enough already, about treasure buried under his garden and occult botanical experiments performed by his uncle—who died of mysterious causes. With Evangeline’s skill for detection, and Lucas’s sense of the criminal mind, they soon discover that they have a common enemy. And as the energy emanating from Crystal Gardens intensifies, they realize that to survive they must unearth what has been buried for too long.


  1. I see her books all over and I have yet to pick one of them up, but I need too!

    Here is my link:

  2. This sounds like an interesting read!! Happy weekend!

  3. Very pretty cover, and looks like a good story! The opening is a thriller all its own.


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