- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1079 KB
- Print Length: 450 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (8 July 2008)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0010SGQWW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 42 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Blue Smoke and Murder (St. Kilda Book 4) Kindle Edition
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New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell has more than eighty titles published to date with over twenty-four million copies of her books in print. She lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her husband, with whom she writes novels under a pseudonym. Her favorite activity is exploring the Western United States to find the landscapes that speak to her soul and inspire her writing.
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River guide, Jillian Breck's Greataunt leaves her niece her ranch and 13 western themed paintings, which may or may not have been painted by late talented Western painter L Dunston. The paintings are all unsigned which poses a problem for authentication. Jillian's grandmother, also an artist but not famous, and Dunston were lovers.
Prior to her "accidental death", Jillian's aunt had sent one of the paintings to a dealer for authentication and valuation. She needed the money, if any, to pay land taxes. She receives a letter back stating that the painting is definately not a Dunston and not worth anything and 'Oh by the way the painting has been lost in the post'. The next thing Jillian knows is that her aunt is dead, the ranch house and barn have been burnt down, she receives a death threat and the 'lost' painting back, shredded up into rags.
Worried she contacts Joe Faroe of St Kilda Consulting. On a recent rafting holiday she saved Joe's son's life and enternally grateful he tells her to contact him if she ever needs any sort of help. Joe sends help in the form of art buff and information gathering expert, Zach Balfour.
Jillian and Zach find themselves in the middle of a tax and art scam, with someone very intent on not letting 12 previously unknown Dunston's onto the art market, even if it means commiting murder.
The title "Blue Smoke..." apparently refers to the practice of generating interest and 'winding up' the buying market so that higher prices are paid for an artist's work.
Well written, interesting and action packed novel. Well worth reading.
It appears there should be a new genre type; Suspenseful Romance. Unlike some other Romantic Suspense books I've read, the main drive of the book is heavy on the suspense with only a small portion of the book dedicated to the romance aspect. That's not in any way a dig. We know as soon as they meet that Jill and Zach are attracted, but more often than not, it's more like the soundtrack in a movie. We know it's there and it comes to the forefront at times, getting a little louder as we near the end of the book.
The suspense begins fairly quickly and keeps up right through to the end of the story. The bad guys are identified and stopped, but we're left with wanting to know what happens next to Jill and Zach. Hopefully they'll be mentioned again in a future book.
It is important for the story that we have an understanding of what takes place in the world of art and the author does a good job of bringing us up to speed. Perhaps a little more information than I wanted, and a couple of times I got lost in the explanation for a short time.
I highly rate the suspense, the way the romance was handled, the fast pace, points of view from so many different characters involved, and the apparent research done by the author.
This author was new to me. I've just ordered to more of her books.
Oh. And Joe and Judge Grace Fargoe have a baby. It's a.....