Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick (3 out of 5)
I haven’t read an Amanda Quick in a long time. My neighbor gave me money to get this for her…she read it and RAVED about it….. so I gave it a shot… Well, it’s not bad, but it’s also not unforgettable in way of romance with a bit of mystery involved. This one has a traveling stenographer who is terrified of intimacy but she falls headfirst for the mysterious archaeologist whom she enlists to help her figure out who is killing people (among them, her best friend Anne) in the small, mysterious town they are in. The archaeologist has his own secrets, which you’re led to believe are incendiary and will set the book aflame with its reveal. Uh, no. That really doesn’t happen. Strike one.
Their courtship is quick, fierce, and not at all the norm. Which, usually, I like…but these two? Have about as much chemistry as Sarah Palin and Kermit. Strike two.
Strike Three was that there were some missing holes in this patchwork romance. Plot-wise and in the stories of some of the supporting characters. Those holes? Were not wrapped up…which means….the reader is ending this going “WTF” and scratching their head in befuddlement. That was me. Still love her books and the “Arcane Society” are still some of my favorite books to recommend, but this one? I’d have to go with a mediocre 3 stars.