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Avg. Rating: 2.86
OK, but not memorable.
I used to read Amanda Quick's novels as soon as they were released. For the past couple of years, though, they came to sound like repeats. I found myself disenchanted and hadn't read one until the buzz surrounding The Wicked Widow intrigued me enough to buy the audio tapes. Unfortunately,this latest story has nothing to make it outstanding or even memorable.
It's always difficult for me to pinpoint why a book just doesn't connect with me, especially one that doesn't deserve a failing grade nor one of excellence. The writing is acceptable, but Artemis and Madeline and the story line are predictable, and the Vanza aspect is becoming overdone. The headstrong&obstinate female and the grudgingly obliging male have long been a trademark of Quick's stories. Somewhere along the line, they've all started to sound the same and in the process I've become apathetic toward them and their plights. I really just didn't care.
The only bright spot was the reading done by Katherine Kellgren. Her melodious voice and ability to create multiple audio personalities saved the book from my itchy "Eject" finger.
I was hoping The Wicked Widow would break my long Quick Drought, but alas I still thirst. I'm hoping her Eclipse Bay, under the name Jayne Ann Krentz will offer more refreshment.
a good JAK...not great
This is one of the better JAK of the past half dozen Quicks. At the time I read it, I would have given it four stars. I give it five now, after reading a series of floundering Quicks and Kentzes. The others were not good examples of this talented writer who usually delights, so it makes this one shine a wee bit better by comparison.
Madeline Deveridge ingores all the gossip about her, that she offed her dh and concealed the evidence. Only now, Madeline fears her "late" departed husband is stalking her and her auntie, but does not want to believe it, because she has clear evidence he should not be up and about. But something weird is happening and so she forced to turned to Artemas Hunt.
Artemus runs London's "wicked" pleasure pavilions, and has a penchant for the arcane, the occult. Having a dead hubby back to torment the wife interests him, so he takes on helping her - after she blackmails him into it! Artemus is quickly intriqued by the lady as much as the mystery, but Madeline, after a disasterous first marriage is leary of men and see advantage in being a wicked widow!
It's typically sharp JAK (whatever the penname) focusing on witty repartee and intriquing chracters.
No match to I thee wed
This book was very clever in some of her plot twists, yet I 2 though it was a little over done in some parts. It a so so read, and yet again a classical Amanda Quick book and I believe that these characters are richer than some of her other ones. I think that both are deserving of each other.
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