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Don't Look Back

(2002)
(The second book in the Lavinia Lake / Tobias March series)
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As if a head for business and a nose for trouble aren't enough to distinguish fiercely independent Lavinia Lake from the other women of London's fashionable Claremont Lane, there is one more feature to set her apart. Lavinia is also well versed in the practice of mesmerism, an extraordinary gift that far surpasses mere charm and physical appeal. Nobody knows this better than the usually coolheaded Tobias March, who seems to have fallen hopelessly under her spell. Fortunately for all, however, Lavinia uses her powers for good. And ever since a tragedy involving one of her subjects, she has even retired them in favor of her work with Lake and March, a joint venture providing "discreet private inquiries for individuals of quality." Celeste Hudson, the stunningly beautiful young wife of a family friend and fellow mesmerist, would surely count herself among such individuals--were she still alive, that is. While mythology's Medusa could turn men to stone, lovely Celeste was more accustomed to turning them to jelly. In fact, unbeknownst to her husband, Howard, the ambitious Celeste was planning to use her talents to forge a new future in Society--one that would not include him. Sadly, her plans were cut short when she was murdered. Only a gentleman's cravat wound around her lovely neck remained for evidence--small compensation for the strange and priceless bracelet that may have been snatched from her wrist as she drew her last breath.

As a result, Lake and March are soon in Howard Hudson's employ on the trail of the killer. But Tobias is convinced the dashing widower is more interested in tracking down the missing relic. If so, Howard is not alone. Any number of ruthless types are after the very same antiquity, whose centerpiece is an unusual blue cameo of inestimable value and supposed legendary powers--powers of immeasurable worth to anyone in Howard's line of work.

Together, Lake and March undertake a tantalizing investigation that leads them from the glittering ballrooms of the ton to London's seediest taverns to a mesmerist whose therapies include treating ladies suffering from "hysteria" is a a most unconventional method--and, not least of all, to the darkest reaches of men's psyches. Along the way, Don't Look Back becomes a completely mesmerizing read as the irrepressible Lavinia and Tobias mix business with pleasure....

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Genre: Historical Romance

Praise for this book

"I had a wonderful time reading Don't Look Back....What fun, what fun, what fun! This action-packed tale, brimming with witty characters, vivid historical detail, and tautly woven intrigue kept me guessing until the very end. I loved the book and can't wait to brag to my mother that I've already read the latest AMANDA QUICK." - Lisa Gardner

"AMANDA QUICK delivers a heady and satisfying mix of romance and suspense. Nobody does it better!" - Kay Hooper

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"A witty, gripping, ABSOLUTELY MUST-READ for those who love mystery with a passion." - Elizabeth Lowell


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January 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: Don't Look Back
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ISBN: 0-7531-7323-9 / 978-0-7531-7323-7 (UK edition)
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October 2002 : UK Hardback
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2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Don't Look Back
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Paperback Editions

April 2003 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Don't Look Back (Lavinia Lake and Tobias March)
Author(s): Amanda Quick
ISBN: 0-553-58339-5 / 978-0-553-58339-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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August 2004 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Don't Look Back
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August 2004 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Don't Look Back
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ISBN: 0-7366-9788-8 / 978-0-7366-9788-0 (USA edition)
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August 2004 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Don't Look Back
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August 2004 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Don't Look Back: Lavinia Lake, Book 2
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June 2002 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Don't Look Back (Lib)(CD)
Author(s): Amanda Quick
ISBN: 0-7366-8679-7 / 978-0-7366-8679-2 (USA edition)
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May 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Don't Look Back
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ISBN: 0-553-75611-7 / 978-0-553-75611-1 (USA edition)
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2002 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Don't Look Back
Author(s): Amanda Quick
ISBN: 0-7366-8675-4 / 978-0-7366-8675-4 (USA edition)
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Kindle Editions

April 2003 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Don't Look Back (Lavinia Lake / Tobias March Book 2)
Author(s): Amanda Quick
Publisher: Bantam
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