The Perfect Poison : Arcane Society

  • by Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by Anne Flosnik
  • Series: Arcane Society
  • 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Plagued by rumors that she poisoned her fiancé, Lucinda Bromley manages to live on the fringes of polite society, tending her beloved plants - and occasionally consulting on a murder investigation. For the notorious botanist possesses a unique talent: she can detect almost any type of poison, especially ones that have their origins in the botanical kingdom. But the death of a lord has shaken Lucinda to her core. At the murder scene, she picks up traces of a poison containing a very rare species of fern. So rare, in fact, that only one specimen exists in all of England - and it was stolen from her conservatory just last month.To keep her name out of the investigation and to find the murderer, Lucinda hires a fellow Arcane Society member. Caleb Jones runs a psychical investigation agency. A descendant of the founder of the Society, he is very good at protecting its secrets - and frighteningly good getting at the truth. Immediately, Lucinda senses both a raw power and undeniable intensity in the imposing man.But as a nearly overwhelming 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 - and to a legacy of madness that could plunge Caleb into the depths of his own tortured soul...

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Bad Editing/Directing

The story is good, the reader is OK but the editing is terrible. When the reading was spliced the new and the old ran together with no break between words and the tone quality was very different. At the end of each chapter there was no pause, in fact, the next chapter number was announced in conjunction with the last word of the previous chapter. The whole effect was startling and detracted from the entire experience.
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- Joie "Jo"

More a harlequin romance than a mystery novel

This is my first purchase of an Amanda Quick novel. I bought it based on hearing the first chapter (one of Audible's freebies). I thought the first chapter was great: a woman with a preternatural expertise in botanical poisons, who is herself a victim of a scandal, is called in to consult on a murder. Add to the mix a society of similarly preternaturally individuals, and one would expect an insidious but delicious undercurrent of the supernatural in this otherwise conventional murder mystery. I even welcomed the apparent tension and attraction between the two main characters. But I did not anticipate the rather embarrassing sex scenes and tedious dialogue. I'm no prude but the sex scenes made me blush and laugh out loud in turn (which is embarrassing when you are in a public place). And the original murder seemed too quickly to fade into the background. It was too neatly done up.

While the subsequent resolution of the protagonist's scandals was interesting, it still made the plot seem a bit off since I hadn't read any of Ms. Quick's earlier novels. But, then, if I had, I probably would not have purchased this one.

I enjoyed the narrator for most of the novel, but her male characters had a tendency to sound drunk, as their words seemed slurred when she lowered her voice to effect them.

Finally, the writing itself was rather uneven: tedious and long dialogue in scenes where you would expect the characters to be quiet because they are encroaching on a possible murder scene; and spots of humor (such as repartee between characters) that seemed forced.

This novel might be more fun to read in book form, like a good beach-read, but then I know I still would have found myself laughing aloud at the sex scenes ... and that would be embarrassing.
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- Marie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-21-2009
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio