In financial straits and on a sure path to spinsterhood, Venetia
Milton thought her stay at the remote, ramshackle Arcane House, far
from society?s prying eyes, would be a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to engineer her own ravishment. She was there to
photograph the relics and artifacts collected by a highly secretive
organization, founded two centuries earlier by an eccentric
alchemist. And the alchemist?s descendant?her employer, Mr. Gabriel
Jones - had the eyes of a sorcerer?.
After a night to remember, Venetia is prepared to cherish the
memories of her romantic encounter and move on, but she is
shattered when, shortly after their night together, she reads of
Jones?s death in the papers. As a private tribute to her one-time
lover, she adopts the name ?Mrs. Jones? and the guise of a
respectable widow, and embarks on a new career as a fashionable
photographer in London, where her unique ability to ?see? beyond
her subjects and capture that quality in her photography makes her
photographs highly prized.
But her romantic whim causes unexpected trouble. For one thing,
Mr. Jones is about to stride, living and breathing, back into her
life. And the bonds that tie them together include more than just
the memory of passion; Venetia?s special ?double vision? has caught
the attention of someone Mr. Jones is tracking?someone who will go
to any lengths, even murder, to possess an ancient, extraordinary
secret that has been lost for centuries. Someone who believes that
as the ?wife? of Mr. Jones, Venetia is the key.
Now, as she introduces Gabriel about town as her miraculously
back-from-the-dead ?husband,? Venetia must join him in a perilous
quest to track down a dangerous opponent who manages to stay one
step ahead. As they explore the darker, wilder underbelly of the
modern, scientific Victorian world, they must see through society?s
illusions?or this time, Gabriel Jones may not be coming from the
dead, and neither may Mrs. Jones.