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Wicked Widow de Amanda Quick
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Wicked Widow (original: 2000; edição: 2000)

de Amanda Quick (Autor)

Séries: Vanza (3)

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She's known as the Wicked Widow, for rumors abound that she dispatched her husband to the next world. But Madeline Deveridge has a more vexing problem than her scandalous reputation. Her husband's ghost is haunting her! She must exorcise him, and turns to Artemis Hunt, master of secret arts, for aid.… (mais)
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Título:Wicked Widow
Autores:Amanda Quick (Autor)
Informação:Bantam (2000), 304 pages
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Madeline Deveridge cares little about the whispers and rumors that she murdered her husband. What does concern her is the disappearance of her maid and the possibility that she is being haunted by her dead spouse. Her only recourse is to seek the assistance of Artemus Hunt, the reclusive master of arcane Vanza talents. As Artemus and Madeline work together to resolve the mystery, they realize that the threat to their hearts is as dangerous as the threat to their lives.

Amanda Quick's books are always light and entertaining. That said, the Vanza theme is too similar to the Arcane society from her later books and it is particularly excessive, repetitive and tiresome in this installment.

Artemus and Madeline are virtually identical to every other Quick hero and heroine. This would not be a problem if their romance were more believable. As it is, what little chemistry they have feels forced and their sex scenes are awkward rather than sensual.

The twists and turns in the suspense plot are predictable as is the identity of the villain and the motive. The climax and resolution are exciting though and the secondary characters are sweet, especially Madeline’s aunt and Artemus’s steward.

All in all, not one of Quick’s better stories. Hopefully the series will end on a high note with the final book. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
Scandal has followed the heroine for some time as everyone is sure that she murdered her husband. It's not until the end of the book when she admits the truth one way or another, but what's true is the fact that her husband was not a good man. He had been obsessed with power, marrying the daughter of a Venza master and spending their marriage psychologically torturing his new bride. If she did kill him, no one could really blame her. When her maid is kidnapped, she seeks out the help of the gentleman who ones the pleasure gardens where the act occurred. In her desperation to get the young girl back, she shows her hand and confesses she knows all about his trade and the fact that he belongs to her husbands club of the Venza. Disturbed by the prim and proper widow who seems to know far too much about his secrets, the hero agrees to help her, in return he gets the diary her father kept which disclosed the secrets of the Venza elite. The girl is quickly found, but soon there comes another problem. It seems that the heroine husband has come back from the grave to haunt her. The hero, enjoying the feeling of being someone's hero again after so many years of living in a fog, agrees to hunt down this 'ghost'. I can say that to categorize this book as a paranormal romance is severely stretching the definition of the genre. It barely qualifies but there indeed some ghosts and some mystical happenings on behalf of the Venza culture. This certainly is no where near the paranormal level of the Arcane Society series but there's enough to have it squeak in. I did like this book. I feared that the way the heroine is portrayed at the beginning would mean she was a stubborn, arrogant ice maiden but I was pleased to see her character develop. She's horribly unsure of herself and therefore is ignorant of just how attracted the hero is to her. As a defence mechanism she shrugs off any significance to their affair and keeps her feels buried deep down inside. Though it's plan and day just how the hero feels about her, he too never really openly admitted his affections until the end. Sure they sleep together and have a comfortable enough bond, they still spend some scene unsure of what the other was thinking. I found it amusing. Every conversation had to be a struggle, unless they were discussing the case. My only complaint is that this is the 3rd novel I've read but Amanda Quick and I'm starting to see a patern. There are quite a few repeated things in all 3 books that I hope don't continue in the novels to come. I hate cookie cutter novelists and it would be a shame to discover she is one of them. Overall I liked this book. ( )
  Eden00 | May 14, 2016 |
Madeline Deveridgeová žije po násilné smrti svého manžela, z níž ji mnozí podezírají, velice uzavřeně v rodném domě - je z ní prostě Černá vdova, jak se jí začalo výstižně říkat. Zvrat v jejím životě nastane toho dne, kdy kdosi unese její služebnou. Madeline se obrací se žádostí o zjednání nápravy na Artemise Hunta, majitele pozemku, kde se únos odehrál. Hunt je člověk dvou tváří: pro veřejnost je bohatým gentlemanem, pro pár zasvěcených člověk s velmi obskurní minulostí. Vůbec nikdo však netuší, že základ svého jmění získal jako profesionální hazardní hráč a že žije s jedinou myšlenkou – s touhou po pomstě. Nikdy nezapomněl, že tři muži z „lepší“ společnosti kdysi dohnali k sebevraždě jeho milou, herečku Catherine Jensenovu.
Vztah Madeline s Artemisem se brzy mění v náklonnost a později se ještě více prohlubuje. Výsledek jejich dramatického střetnutí s tajemných protivníkem je však dlouho na vážkách, neboť dvojice milenců má mocné soupeře… ( )
  nellay83 | Mar 19, 2016 |
A bit too much 'Vanza' after a while, but for the remainder this is a pleasant enough read. It even gets slightly exciting towards the end.
Grade: C ( )
  Marcella1717 | Jan 22, 2016 |
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Amanda Quickautor principaltodas as ediçõescalculado
Lavedan, DeliaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Meyer, InezÜbersetzerautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Nagy, Piroska, F.autor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Peiffer, MaryNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Rosenau-Hes, Jannyautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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She's known as the Wicked Widow, for rumors abound that she dispatched her husband to the next world. But Madeline Deveridge has a more vexing problem than her scandalous reputation. Her husband's ghost is haunting her! She must exorcise him, and turns to Artemis Hunt, master of secret arts, for aid.

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