"Great launch of Arcane Society series"
You can always recognize a Jayne Ann Krentz story. Her lively
characters and whimsical families will entertain you all
book long. Writing as Amanda Quick, SECOND SIGHT is the
start of a new series, The Arcane Society and its first
family the JONES.
SECOND SIGHT follows Gabriel Jones and Venetia Milton "Jones"
adventures in trying to find and stop the use if an old
alchemist's notebook for nefarious reasons. London at that time
was a Mecca for charlatans and fraudulent psychics. The Jones
must now use their own unique talents to find the bad guys
The Jones have been leaders of the Arcane Society since it was
started by Sylvester Jones. Their job was to protect the Society
and its secrets. Venetia is a hired to create a photographic
record of the Society's museum. Her seduction of Gabriel is
interrupted by two would-be robbers, who try to sneak into the
house. Gabriel forces her to leave with the rest of the
Venetia later learns of his death in a house fire. Using
name, she moves to London to start her own photography studio.
Three months later Venetia's "husband" Gabriel shows up in
and so their adventures begin.
Jayne Ann Krentz's touch is, as always, light and fun. So relax,
enjoy, and do not miss WHITE LIES. The Jones are back!
Reviewed by Michele Patrykus
Posted April 3, 2008
An Arcane Society Novel
Financially straitened and on the path to spinsterhood, Venetia Milton thought her stay at the remote, ramshackle Arcane House would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engineer her own ravishment. She was there to photograph the artifacts collected by a highly secretive organization, founded two centuries earlier by an alchemist. And the alchemist's descendant - her employer, Gabriel Jones - had the eyes of a sorcerer…
But despite her intent to seduce the man and move on, she is shattered to return home and, just a week later, read of his violent demise in the press. She uses the sizable fee Mr. Jones paid and establishes a new life, opening a gallery in London. Of course, posing as a respectable widow makes it easier to do business, so - in a private tribute to her lost, only lover - she takes on the identity of “Mrs. Jones.” But her romantic whim will cause unexpected trouble.
For one thing, Mr. Jones is about to stride, living and breathing, back into her life. And the two share more than a memory of passion - indeed, they are bonded by a highly unusual sort of vision, one that goes far beyond Venetia's abilities as a photographer. They also have in common a terrible threat - for someone has stolen a centuries-old notebook from Arcane House, containing a formula believed to enhance psychic powers of the kind Gabriel and Venetia possess. And the thief wants to know more - even if he must kill the keeper of the Arcane Society's treasures, or photographer who catalogued them, to obtain such knowledge.