Books by Amanda Quick

Amanda Quick is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, who is the author of forty New York Times bestsellers under various pen names; there are more than 25 million copies of her books in print.


OTHERWISE ENGAGED by Amanda Quick
ROMANCE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Sexy romance and intriguing mystery combine for a wholly satisfying and entertaining read."
When Victorian world traveler Amity Doncaster meets an injured Benedict Stanbridge in a dark alley on a small Caribbean island, she saves his life and falls in love with him, leading them both into peril. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY WOMAN by Amanda Quick
Released: April 23, 2013

"The second in the Victorian Ladies of Lantern Street series, though not the best of Quick's popular romantic mysteries (Crystal Gardens, 2012, etc.), still contains all the requisite elements: romance, sex, mystery and clever repartee."
A woman with psychic powers and a man who believes only what he can see make a formidable pair. Read full book review >
CRYSTAL GARDENS by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2012

A psychic spinster meets her match in a dark, equally gifted stranger, in Quick's Ladies of Lantern Street series launch.               

Evangeline, of good breeding but approaching 30 and penniless, is deemed unmarriageable by Victorian society, but luckily she has not had to enter service or support herself as a governess. She is a paid companion, but for a most exclusive and remunerative agency, Flint & Marsh, which deploys clairvoyants as private eyes to the moneyed classes. Undercover in her dowdy disguise, Evangeline recently completed her latest assignment: exposing as a fortune hunter a young man, Douglas, who was courting an heiress. However, Evangeline wasn't expecting Douglas to exact revenge. (The two were not unacquainted in the past.) Read full book review >

THE RIVER KNOWS by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2007

"Quick (Second Sight, 2006, etc.) does it again with a naughty-and-nice romp."
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. Read full book review >
SECOND SIGHT by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2006

"Polished, proficient romantic suspense."
Quick (Lie by Moonlight, 2005, etc.) takes us to the waning days of Queen Victoria's reign, adding some clever feminist touches and a dollop of premarital sex. Read full book review >
LIE BY MOONLIGHT by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2005

"For fans of Quick, certainly another pleaser as romance and murder and silk flounces abound. For the uninitiated, beware: the purple prose is only a few footsteps away from high camp."
Ambrose ravishes Concordia. And so goes another historical romance from the remarkably prolific Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz), author of equally numerous contemporary thrillers. Read full book review >
THE PAID COMPANION by Amanda Quick
Released: May 3, 2004

"Sexy, charming, intelligent fun: a delectable romp from the deft pen of Ms. Quick (who also writes clunky contemporary thrillers as Jayne Ann Krentz—go figure)."
It is a truth universally acknowledged . . . Read full book review >
LATE FOR THE WEDDING by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2003

"Not quite as sparkling as the first two in the series, but carefully crafted and still a pleasure."
Tobias and Lavinia (Don't Look Back, 2002, etc.) take on the Memento-Mori Man. Read full book review >
DON’T LOOK BACK by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2002

"Delightful mix of mystery, sensuality, and the historical detail that makes Quick's Regencies such a pleasure."
Mesmerizing mystery in Regency-era London, featuring the lovers and private investigators of Slightly Shady (2001). Read full book review >
SLIGHTLY SHADY by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2001

"Nobody does it better."
Another winner from Quick (Wicked Widow, 2000, etc.), this one a Regency mystery. Read full book review >
WICKED WIDOW by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2000

Quick delivers another reliable Regency romantic-suspense story, her second in a series (I Thee Wed, 1999, etc.) about

masters of the ancient philosophy and martial art of Vanza.

Along with a load of useful rules for living, Artemis Hunt was taught shrewdness and craftiness by monks in the Garden

Temples of Vanzagara. Read full book review >

I THEE WED by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1999

The mistress of fast-paced Regency scandal and folderol returns after With This Ring (1998), offering a sequel in title only. Read full book review >

WITH THIS RING by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1998

The irrepressible Quick (a.k.a. Read full book review >

AFFAIR by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

Quick (a.k.a. Read full book review >

MISCHIEF by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1996

In sales and popularity, Quick's (vaguely) Regency-period romance formula continues to wear exceedingly well after its 11 other manifestations, all with eye-wink titles (Mystique, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

MYSTIQUE by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 1995

Another feathery period romance, set in medieval England, by the author of Mistress, (1994) and some 15 other period poufs (Quick is also Jayne Ann Krentz). Though not as witty as her others (more contentious posturing than quipping), Quick's latest cheerfully plays upon a beloved familiar formula: Brooding, titled male, fighting fierce storms within, is yoked with feisty female who ultimately conquers while surrendering. Read full book review >

MISTRESS by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1994

The author of several lighthearted romances sequined with one- word titles (Deception, 1993, etc.) again sets her fragile mystery and sportive verbal and physical foreplay in what seems to be the Regency era. This time a proud noble is reined in for cozy loving and lusting by another feisty Quick heroine, an ex-schoolteacher knowledgeable about classical antiquities. Read full book review >

DECEPTION by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1993

``In romance the success of an individual author is not based on how well she writes by conventional standards, but on how compelling she can create her fantasy and on how readers...can step into it with her.'' Thus Amanda Quick, as Jayne Ann Krentz, in her introduction to Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women (1992—not reviewed), an anthology concerning the romantic novel. Read full book review >