'til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick

'til Death Do Us Part

byAmanda Quick

Hardcover | April 19, 2016

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The author of the New York Times bestseller Garden of Lies returns to Victorian London in a novel of deadly obsession.
 
Calista Langley operates an exclusive “introduction” agency in Victorian London, catering to respectable ladies and gentlemen who find themselves alone in the world. But now, a dangerously obsessed individual has begun sending her trinkets and gifts suitable only for those in deepest mourning—a black mirror, a funeral wreath, a ring set with black jet stone. Each is engraved with her initials.
 
Desperate for help and fearing that the police will be of no assistance, Calista turns to Trent Hastings, a reclusive author of popular crime novels. Believing that Calista may be taking advantage of his lonely sister, who has become one of her clients, Trent doesn’t trust her. Scarred by his past, he’s learned to keep his emotions at bay, even as an instant attraction threatens his resolve.
 
But as Trent and Calista comb through files of rejected clients in hopes of identifying her tormentor, it becomes clear that the danger may be coming from Calista’s own secret past—and that only her death will satisfy the stalker...

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Amanda Quick is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers. She writes historical romance novels under the Quick name, contemporary romantic suspense novels under the Krentz name, and futuristic romance novels under the pseudonym Jayne Castle. There are more than 35 million copies of her ...
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Title:'til Death Do Us PartFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.3 × 6.4 × 1.1 inPublished:April 19, 2016Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:039917446X

ISBN - 13:9780399174469

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1. The plot of ‘TIL DEATH DO US PART hinges on family secrets.  What is it about these kinds of secrets that is so compelling? What makes them different from other types of secrets?   2. How do the various family secrets in the story affect the dynamic between the hero and heroine?   3. The hero and heroine of the story each assumed responsibility for raising their younger siblings.  How has that affected their own lives?   4. To a modern reader, Victorians seem to have been obsessed with the customs and rituals surrounding death and funerals.  How does the author use that theme to develop the element of suspense in the story?   5. How does our view of death today differ from the Victorian view?   6. The story is set in the late 19th century, long before sophisticated forensic techniques were available to solve crimes. This forces the characters to fall back on intuition, logic, and physical clues to figure out motivation. Why does this strategy for crime solving still appeal to us?   7. The issue of trust is a strong thread in the story—how does the author use it to build various character relationships?   8. What makes obsession so frightening?   9. Calista is an unusually independent woman for her time. Why do you think she, in particular, was able to overcome expectations and start her own business?   10. How is Calista’s matchmaking agency similar, and different, from modern methods of matchmaking? How has technology changed the way we meet our significant others?   11. Trent and Calista are certainly a bit of an odd couple. What do you think makes them well-suited? What do you think are some of the most important things that make a couple compatible?   12. ‘TIL DEATH DO US PART ends with a twist. Did you see it coming? Why or why not? How did you think it was going to end?

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Praise for 'Til Death Do Us Part“Best-selling Quick knows what her readers want, and she delivers it in spades with her latest mesmerizing historical romance. The perfectly realized Victorian setting adds just the right dash of gothic flavor to the story, and the smartly paced plot is filled with enough goose-bump-inducing chills and sexy, romantic thrills to have readers sighing happily with satisfaction. The icing on this irresistible literary confection is Quick’s distinctive sense of wit, which remains just as delicious as ever.”—Booklist (starred review)   “Romantic suspense luminary Quick moves into edgy thriller territory with intelligence and aplomb and uses the backdrop of gaslight-tinted, death-obsessed Victorian London to perfection. The plot is smart and tight and the characters complex, while the subtle wink of humor toward a successful mystery author's plight and romance subplots will make fans smile. Quick's appealing new direction somehow balances Gothic intensity and lighthearted wit.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)   “Quick’s ambitious Victorian historical mixes witty, occasionally self-referential banter with gothic undertones and a solid thriller plot...Along with the danger, Quick throws in a great deal of humor, a large cast of well-rounded characters, and lots of solid red herrings. This is a true delight for fans of historical romances and mysteries.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)Praise for Garden of Lies   “The fast-moving storyline weaves in and out of the seamy London underworld.”—The Seattle Times   “Simply delightful in so many ways.”—Bookpage.com   “[A] top-drawer historical romance that delivers the perfect fusion of witty dialogue, intriguing characters, and seductive passion.”—Booklist (starred review)