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Description - The River Knows by Amanda Quick

The first kiss occurred in a dimly-lit hallway on the upper floor of Elwin Hastings's grand house. Louisa never saw it coming...Of course, Anthony Stalbridge couldn't possibly have had romantic intentions. The kiss was an act of desperation, meant to distract the armed guard about to catch the pair in a place they did not belong. After all, Louisa Bryce was no man's idea of an alluring female in her dull maroon gown and gold-rimmed spectacles. The only thing the two interlopers have in common is a passionate interest in the private affairs of Mr. Hastings - a prominent member of Society whom they both suspect of hiding terrible secrets. Now, thrown together by their ruse, Anthony and Louisa are united in their efforts to find the truth. Each has a reason for the quest. Anthony's fiancee was said to have thrown herself into the Thames - but Anthony has his own suspicions. Louisa - whose own identity is shrouded in layers of mystery - is convinced Hastings has a connection to a notorious brothel. But bringing Hastings to justice will be more perilous than they anticipate - and their partnership will be more heated than either expects. For it is not only Anthony's curiosity that Louisa arouses, and the two share something else: a thrilling attraction to danger...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780749908416
ISBN-10: 0749908416
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 153mm x mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Piatkus Books
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 24-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - The River Knows by Amanda Quick

US Kirkus Review » A bookish undercover reporter teams up with quirky gentleman to uncover the truth behind the suspicious drownings of several young ladies in late-Victorian-era London.After his fiancee, Fiona, is pulled from the inky Thames, Anthony Stalbridge must endure rumors that his imminent jilt caused her suicide. An independent thinker wealthy enough to know that his standing in society is assured, Anthony is driven less by concern for his reputation than by his growing suspicion that Fiona was murdered. His digging leads him to a party at the mansion of high-profile investor Elwin Hastings, whose wife Victoria also plunged into the Thames. There, Anthony crosses paths with Mrs. Louisa Bryce, a bespectacled, unfashionably dressed young widow (and proto-feminist) who believes Hastings is a partner in a well-known brothel catering to respectable gentlemen's darker impulses. The two forge an unlikely alliance, and Anthony finds himself increasingly fascinated with the elusive Louisa. It turns out that she is secretly I.M. Phantom, popular columnist for a tabloid dedicated to scandal among the upper crust. She is also, under her glasses and plain gowns, quite a sexy minx. Mistaking her for a woman of the world, Anthony attempts an al fresco seduction, only to discover that she is not as experienced as he thought. His miscalculation matters naught to Louisa, who gamely throws herself into their "illicit" affair. In fact, she is almost disappointed when Anthony introduces her to his charming, unconventional family. Could he possibly have real feelings for her? Meanwhile, bodies connected to Hastings pile up as the lovers get close to some very shady characters in organized crime, and Louisa has even more surprises in store for Anthony.Quick (Second Sight, 2006, etc.) does it again with a naughty-and-nice romp. (Kirkus Reviews)


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