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Lie by Moonlight by Amanda Quick
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Lie by Moonlight (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Amanda Quick (Author)

Series: Vanza (4)

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Hired to teach four orphaned girls at remote, ramshackle Aldwick Castle, Miss Concordia Glade is pleased to find her pupils both eager and bright. Provided for by an unseen benefactor, they are surrounded at all times by hard-eyed guards in the guise of gardeners. During an investigation into a woman's death, private inquiry agent Ambrose Wells finds himself on the castle grounds -- and in the middle of chaos. The building is in flames. People are dead. And a woman and four girls are fleeing on horseback. A confirmed loner, Ambrose finds himself taking Concordia and her students under his wing. As the danger circles ever closer, Ambrose and Concordia must work together to discover a way out of the darkness.… (more)
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Title:Lie by Moonlight
Authors:Amanda Quick (Author)
Info:Putnam Adult (2005), Edition: First Edition, 400 pages
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  Janicemo | Aug 19, 2018 |
Lie by Moonlight
3.5 Stars

Private inquiry agent, Ambrose Wells, is investigating a suspicious death when he crosses paths with Concordia Glade and her four students escaping from a blazing castle. Soon Concordia and Ambrose are working together to stop a notorious crime lord from carrying out his nefarious plan for the girls.

Anyone who has read Quick's Arcane Society books will immediately recognize Ambrose and Concordia as they are virtually identical to every hero and heroine in that series. While this isn't necessarily negative as Quick's characters are always endearing, it does make for a rather unoriginal romance.

Both Ambrose and Concordia have intriguing backstories, but neither really contribute to their characterization in any meaningful sense. Although there is a definite attraction between the two, it remains underdeveloped and the eventual sex scenes feel contrived.

The mystery is better with one or two interesting twists and an exciting climax. The Vanza elements are, thankfully, kept to a minimum here and the book is more readable without them.

All in all, a typical Amanda Quick story with likeable characters and a solid mystery. Not recommended for newbies to her books though.
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  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
Set in the Victorian era, this is a romance with a political overtone. Concordia Glade is a lady with an unconventional upbringing who no makes her living as a teacher. She has some unconventional ideas as well, particularly those relating to the role of women. Under her wing she has taken the 4 girls she has been employed to teach and who, she believes, are being prepared to be sold as high-class courtesans. At this idea, however, she rebels and we first come across the lady on a dark set of stairs with her charges, having recently set explosives to provide a distraction.
At this point she runs into (almost literally) Ambrose Wells. He is an investigator on the trail of answers, and Concordia has got in the way. He takes charge, or thinks he does, and they set off to safety and then to rescue the girls and find the answers.
At one level, this is all just too neat and the answers come too easily. ON the other hand, I like that Concordia and Ambrose arrive at this as equals, both into the relationship and their pasts.
It's not great art, but for relaxing with in the bath, you don't want high art. ( )
  Helenliz | Apr 9, 2018 |
Don't mess with the teacher!

Hired to provide private instruction for four orphaned girls at a rundown, isolated manor in the English countryside, Miss Concordia Glade begins to suspect the motives of her employers. One explosive escape plan later, Concordia and her charges are under the wing of one Ambrose Wells, a private investigator with a mysterious past. Disguises, danger, and a most unusual romance... ( )
  SunnySD | Mar 19, 2012 |
While investigating a suspicious death, private inquiry agent Ambrose Wells finds himself on the grounds of Aldwick Castle - and in the midst of utter chaos. The ramshackle castle is in flames - and a beautiful woman and four young girls are taking flight on horseback. It turns out that the strong-minded Miss Concordia Glade and her four bright students are on the run from a notorious London crime lord who'll stop at nothing to destroy them. Now, their only hope is Ambrose, a confirmed loner with more than his share of secrets - and more than his share of desire for the unconventional teacher. And as Ambrose and Concordia risk everything to bring down a criminal mastermind, they will also be forced to battle something even greater: the steamy passion that threatens their hard-won independence... ( )
  amarynt | Jul 28, 2010 |
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This one is for dedicated teachers everywhere.
You change the future every time you walk into a classroom.
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Hired to teach four orphaned girls at remote, ramshackle Aldwick Castle, Miss Concordia Glade is pleased to find her pupils both eager and bright. Provided for by an unseen benefactor, they are surrounded at all times by hard-eyed guards in the guise of gardeners. During an investigation into a woman's death, private inquiry agent Ambrose Wells finds himself on the castle grounds -- and in the middle of chaos. The building is in flames. People are dead. And a woman and four girls are fleeing on horseback. A confirmed loner, Ambrose finds himself taking Concordia and her students under his wing. As the danger circles ever closer, Ambrose and Concordia must work together to discover a way out of the darkness.

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