I have read and enjoyed some of the contemporary books in this series, written under one of Amanda Quick’s many Nom de Plums Jayne Ann Krentz. This book although not the 1st in the historical "portion" of the Arcane Society series could still be read without having any knowledge of the previous books. I thoroughly enjoyed it- It ticked all my criteria for a good light enjoyable read. 1) Romance 2) Paranaramal 3) Historical 4) Murder MysteryThis book is kind of like if a slightly less fantastical cast of Hero’s (yes the TV show) were sitting down to tea in Victorian England and then you threw in some romance. Sounds strange but it really works!