Miss Amity Doncaster, world traveler, is accustomed to adventure and risk. Benedict Stanbridge, a man of science and a spy for the Crown, has faced danger in the darker corners of foreign lands. But they are about to face a threat that is shockingly close to home . . . One does not expect to be kidnapped on a London street in broad daylight. But Amity Doncaster barely escapes with her life after she is trapped in a carriage with a blade-wielding man in a black silk mask who whispers the most vile taunts and threats into her ear.
Her quick thinking, and her secret weapon, save her … for now. But the monster known in the press as the Bridegroom, who has left a trail of female victims in his wake, has survived the wounds she inflicts and will soon be on his feet again.
He is unwholesomely obsessed by her scandalous connection to Benedict Stanbridge - gossip about their hours alone in a ship’s stateroom seems to have crossed the Atlantic faster than any sailing vessel could. Benedict refuses to let this resourceful, daring woman suffer for her romantic link to him - as tenuous as it may be.
For a man and woman so skilled at disappearing, so at home in the exotic reaches of the globe, escape is always an option. But each intends to end the Bridegroom’s reign of terror in London, and will join forces to do so. And as they prepare to confront an unbalanced criminal in the heart of the city they love, they must also face feelings that neither of them can run away from…
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Yes, I would. I re-listen to all AQ books. They are great lazy listen. Entertaining and not very secret pleasure of mine.
Movies rather than books actually. Hence my headline. I kept on thinking that pterodactyl would appear any minute now (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec) for the heroine (Amity) was similar character to that of Adèle. As for the fan of which one other reviewer wrote I remembered some other movie, it might have been Le pacte des loups where somebody was using the fan as weapon. Just a note on that one- there is a Japanese war fan which was used by samurai for centuries, so yes, you could have gotten one in late Victorian era if you travelled or knew somebody who did or perhaps were inspired and had one made. Steel- no problem ;-)
I agree regarding the narration. I did get used to it after a bit and it did not bother me. I just wish the author would use same narrator for all books written as AQ as many other authors do (not sure if she has the choice or if it is the publisher). I loved Anne Flosnik as narrator for some other books and I did rather grow fond of Justine Eyre both of whom have very sensual voices and great male character voice. I even buy books because Ms. Flosnik narrates!
Always pleasure to listen to AQ book. Cannot wait for another one! Hurry up Jayne!
Definitely NOT like Georgette Heyer
People keep promising me that an author is 'like Georgette Heyer' only for me to be disillusioned. AQ's characters have lots of sex before marriage, and talk and have attitudes like people born in the 1990's rather than the 1890's.There had clearly been SOME research done into the time, for example demonstrating that the first rubber condoms had come into use, and that telegrams were now able to carry messages from Australia to England, but these things were dropped so clunkily into the story that I found myself cringing.
No. I can't take any more awkward graphic sex scenes with scattered descriptions of breeches and bodices thrown in as though the clothing makes it period rather than the attitudes and behaviour.
Any number of people. I tried the sample audio and thought she would be fine, but after a while I kept checking how long the story had to go because I was getting impatient with the story and found Underwood's voice grating.
***SPOILER****I can't remember her name, something like 'Lady Plainshaw'. A pointless character who decided monologuing while holding someone at gun point in a busy place was a good idea, and yet despite being apparently brainless was supposed to have previously made a living as a successful spy. Ridiculous.
The beginning of the book was the best part - it promised a strong, smart, female character who could take care of herself and had seen something of the world. But it failed epically to deliver after that, and the heroine seemed to get stupider as the story went on.I also found the mystery very weak.