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Lady Killer/Secret Admirer Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 2002

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc. (1 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345455622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345455628
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.7 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,181,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michele Jaffe is the bestselling author several adult novels, including the thrillers BAD GIRL and LOVERBOY. A native of Los Angeles, California, Michele and her sparkly shoes reside in New York City.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Ball on 4 July 2004
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Two of the best stories I have ever read. Both entertain you with romance, suspence, homour and mystery, you will be laughing one minute and thrilled the next,the monkey in Lady killer is a real gem,Ms Jaffe has a wonderful imagination, the two books in one are very good value,I was sorry when I came to the end and would love to read more of the same characters.I cant praise the books enough, they were spellbinding. I really loved this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Historical Romance with a Mystery Twist 26 May 2002
By Sheri Melnick - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ms. Jaffe presents a new voice in the sub genre of historical romance with her latest duo of sixteenth century mysteries. In the first, a vampire novel, Miles Loredan, Viscount Dearbourn is averse to complying with his betrothal contract to marry Lady Mariana Nonesuch. When Miles meets the beautiful sleuth, Clio Thornton, cousin of Mariana, he employs Clio as a ruse to keep her in his protection. For the Vampire of London has returned, though Miles thought he had killed him three years prior.
The love scenes are very sensual amidst the backdrop of the wealthy splendor of sixteenth century English nobility. And the mystery of the bodies left behind by the vampire adds a unique twist to the traditional historical romance.
On the flip side of this book is another sixteenth century mystery in which Lady Tuesday Arlington is considered the prime suspect in her husband's murder. Lawrence Pickering, earl of Arden, and England's primary investigator of smuggling begins to follow Tuesday's every move, as she has painted the murder scene where her husband was found. When Tuesday continues to paint more murder scenes, Lawrence starts to become involved with her romantically, though he is bemused by her knowledge of the crime scenes. Is the real murderer stalking Tuesday, possibly using her paintings to stage the backdrop for murder?
Descriptively intimate love scenes are frequent and varied throughout this read. The romantic tension is palpable and reminiscent of Judith McNaught. Add in the mysterious murderer/secret admirer, and you have a true page-turner.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Well-crafted murder plots with sensual romance 16 Jun. 2002
By Desmond Chan - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Michele Jaffe's ambitious offering is nothing short of a killer treat for fans who craves paranormal romances with a criminal twist. The two stories set in London in 1500s, Secret Admirer and Lady Killer may be overly sprawling in its plot and numerous twists but the efforts are atmospheric in its surrealistic realm to propel chills and surprises. Secret Admirer tells of Lady Tuesday Airlington who is haunted by dreams of The Lion obsessed with the word W - a murderer who kills her husband and sets out to frame her when Lawrence Pickering, an official to assist the Queen to counter smuggling rings gets caught in the murderer's intricate plot to ultimately destroy him. Lady Killer features a lady sleuth Clio Thornton and her simian partner Toast on the trails of a vampire fiend where innocent females from Devonshire seemed to be the target. Viscount Miles Loredon has supposedly slain off the villain three years ago and when Clio approaches him to solve the mystery together, he finds himself facing his demons yet again. Their blossoming romance is threatened by the prospects of his impending marriage to Clio's cousin and suspected identity of Clio as the vampire itself....
Both romances are sensual and poignant and the murder plots are staged intricately and intelligently - albeit many clues may be too much of a coincidence. Nonetheless, Michele Jaffe has proven her a talent to watch with her crafted crime plots full of shenanigans and delicious red herrings. In the tradition of Gaelen Foley, her narration is clear and focused - and it is double happiness when readers are treated to this hefty but enjoyable read.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A miss, not a hit. 4 May 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I too really liked Michele Jaffe's earlier books and was eager to read these. But they are not of the same caliber. SECRET ADMIRER is set during the Renaissance, yet the characters behave and speak like modern people. They do not behave true to their time period. It's disconcerting. And the action is abrupt, moving from point to point without taking the reader along. Where oh where was the editor?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Interesting and Exhilarating 9 Aug. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have enjoyed Michele Jaffe's writing style in her first two books. By far The Water Nymph is still my favorite book by her, but these two lived up to my expectations of them. They were suspenseful and spinetingling. While spinetingling is not a word that is usually associated with romance Michele Jaffe makes it so by her masterful descriptions of the ofthen bloody crimes that her characters thwart or solve.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Two great books! 2 May 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was so excited to see another book by Michele Jaffe. I absolutely loved her first two, but somehow Secret Admirer and Lady Killer were even better. They are really suspenseful and exciting, but best of all they have great characters and fabulous dialogue. I highly recomend them both!
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