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The Perfect Poison (Arcane Society, Book 6)

by Amanda Quick

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rather enjoying this particular series. ( )
  tabicham | Jul 22, 2017 |
The Perfect Poison
4 Stars

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Lucinda Bromley is a botanist with the unique ability to detect any poison but she also has a notorious reputation following the suspicious death of her fiance. When a man is poisoned by a rare fern, Lucinda fears becoming the prime suspect and requests the help of Caleb Jones, a man known for being able to decipher any clue. Soon Lucinda and Caleb are immersed in a case of murder and conspiracy and must stop a relentless scientist and a deranged madman in their quest to perfect the deadly Founder's Formula.

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On the whole, the Arcane series has been a mixed bag for me but The Perfect Poison is more of a hit than a miss. This part of the series comes full circle with explanations for several ideas found in the contemporary books, such as the origins of Jones & Jones and the society's matchmaking service as well as the true nature of Caleb's ability (and by extension that of his descendent, Fallon Jones).

Caleb and Lucinda are wonderful together and their romance is passionate and powerful. Lucinda is the most compelling of the three historical heroines in the series - her intelligence, charm and wit are appealing on many levels, and the fact that she accepts her attraction to Caleb so completely only adds to their chemistry. Caleb has the darkest temperament and struggles to cope with the true nature of his abilities but he brings this intensity to his relationship with Lucinda, which makes it absolutely perfect. One a side note, the explanation of Caleb's mental anguish is particularly fulfilling, especially for fans of Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose - just love the intertextuality.

The mystery is where the book falls short as it lacks the intrigue and intensity of previous installments. The plot itself is contrived and there is no atmosphere of urgency or excitement. Moreover, the climax is predictable and uninspired.

Overall, an easy and entertaining read with a gorgeous tortured hero and a spirited heroine. The series continues with the Dreamlight trilogy and I look forward to continuing with it. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
The hero is an outcast in society after the mysterious death of her fiancé. She possesses the ability to sense energy, especially when in comes to plants. She uses this talent to help police to determine if someone has died of poisoning but when someone uses own of her own plants to kill someone, she becomes a murder suspect. She turns to the hero for help. He's a very eccentric man and his one spell talent has made him that way. He's single minded to a fault and lost in his own world of unseen connections and chaos. Slowly he is losing his mind. But remarkably, when he meet the heroine he finds himself a bit of peace when he's with her. Immediately he begins to make changes to his personality in a bid (however unconscious) to fit into her ideal husband specifications. Though he's always going to be that maniac genius who gets lost in the hunt and the thrill of solving mysteries he's able to show her another side of himself that no one else sees. He can be charming with a demented sense of humor yes but he will stop at nothing to protect her. The heroine is really bookish, firmly on the shelf thanks to the scandal surrounding her fiancés death and at first she's at odds with the man who's the complete opposite of herself. He's unsociable and brutally honest with the tendency to insert himself at her breakfast table every morning. But soon, he grows on her. Mainly because she desires that thrill in the solving problems as much as he does. Also he's honest in his desire for her, sneaking kisses at the most random of times and making her feel attractive and desirable, something she's never had before. But he's very ill. His talent is slowly killing him, he doesn't sleep and he fears the end is near. I loved this story but I did feel like there were way too many conflicts and problems, it got a bit jumbled because of it. It sort of felt like he inside of the hero's mind- seeing all the strings on the board, linked together but looking chaotic. The two characters sort of jumped from one problem or enemy to another quite rapidly. But as I said I loved this book. I loved the hero and heroine each as there out character and as a pair. I liked the fact that the heroine could handle herself when threatened and that the hero was so desperate for her healing touch that he'd do anything for her to touch him and take him away from the chaos. Very nice paranormal historical suspense. ( )
  Eden00 | May 14, 2016 |
If you can suspend reality, and consider this book a paranormal mystery instead of a historical romance, then it is very good. The mystery had a good plot, but the constant references to the special talents of the society bothered me a little. ( )
  AnaKurland | Jan 30, 2016 |
Quick/Krentz books are good for commutes, which is when I have the most time to get a bit of relaxing " reading" done. ( )
  NDJones | Dec 26, 2015 |
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Lucinda Bromley, a botanist, has been ostracized by polite society since she was accused of murdering her fiance. As she can detect and identify almost any kind of poison, even on a dead body, she is often called on by the police to determine if a person has been killed by poison. She was very upset to discover that a Lord has been poisoned by a very rare fern, one stolen from her conservatory just a month ago. She verifies that he was indeed murdered, but does not identify the poison for the police. To protect herself, she hires fellow Arcane Society member, Caleb Jones, to track down the thief. He does identify the thief, a doctor for whom he has been searching as the doctor is attempting to copy a drug which enhances one's paranormal powers. It was originally made by a Jones ancestor, but no antidote was named. It is extremely addictive and eventually kills the user if withdrawn. Although Caleb and Lucinda are drawn to each other, he knows that insanity runs in the men of his family who have the same kind of power he has and has decided he will never marry. Although the doctor escapes, the men who had sponsored him are vanquished. She finds that the men in the Jones family have been slowly poisoned to cause the insanity. It all ends well. (Of course!)
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Plagued by rumors that she poisoned her fiancé, Lucinda Bromley lives on the fringes of polite Victorian London society, tending her beloved plants--and occasionally consulting on a murder investigation. For the notorious botanist can detect almost any type of poison, especially those derived from plants. But the murder of a lord has shaken Lucinda: at the scene, she picks up traces of a toxin from a very rare species. So rare, in fact, that only one specimen exists in England--and it was stolen from her conservatory last month. To keep her name out of the inquest and to find the murderer, Lucinda hires fellow Arcane Society member Caleb Jones, who runs a psychical investigation agency. But as desire blooms between Caleb and Lucinda, they are drawn into the dark heart of a deadly conspiracy that can be traced to the early days of the Arcane Society.--From publisher description.… (more)

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