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Blue Smoke and Murder

by Elizabeth Lowell

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Protecting a river guide with ties to the art world, private information collector and reluctant bodyguard Zach Balfour realizes his charge is in more danger than previously known, a situation that pits them against the ruthless multi-million-dollar Western art circuit.
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This is a re-read for me. Elizabeth Lowell novels are always a great escape. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Jun 10, 2016 |
Jill Breckt inherits some unsigned paintings from her grandmother that may be by a famous artist. As Jill tries to find out the value of the paintings she discovers someone does not want themto be released to the public. She ends up hiring St. Kilda consulting to protect her. A decent thriller. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
A decent thriller about lost art, art auctions, and shady dealings... all wrapped up in a series about St. Kilda consultants... who seem to have operatives that can do just about anything. A little slow at the start, but interesting perspectives on the value of art mixed in with the suspense over the what might happen to the main character -- and her inherited art collection. ( )
  Randall.Hansen | Oct 30, 2015 |
Jill Breck inherits a dozen paintings from her great aunt after she dies in a fire on her ranch under suspicious circumstances. Jill goes to the ranch to look things over and finds that one of the paintings had been sent out to an art dealer for appraisal. Soon she is getting a death threat in regard to the paintings so Jill gets help from St. Kilda consulting to protect her and investigate the paintings.

I liked the idea about art collecting, auctions and price fixing but I found this story a bit tedious. There was some sex and romance but mostly suspense, which I prefer. Jill got very involved in finding the bad guy, which wasn't realistic. This was just a marginal story for me. ( )
  gaylebutz | Aug 25, 2015 |
I very much like novels written by Elizabeth Lowell, but this one was just so-so compared to her others. I thought the romantic connection between the two main players was lukewarm and as far as the suspense part of it...there is no way an organization like St. Kilda would have allowed the circumstances at the end of the book to have occurred. Unbelievable that a client of theirs would face what she did. I did enjoy the background information on the art world. This was fairly enjoyable but not spectacular by any means. ( )
  AddictedToMorphemes | Nov 16, 2014 |
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Northern Arizona, August, midnight // Something was wrong. Heart beating wildly, Modesty Breck sat up in bed. Listening over the pounding of her pulse, she tried to understand what had jerked her out of her sleep. The wind blew hard, swirling around the old ranch house. She ignored the sound of rushing air. In the high, desolate reaches of Arizona's northern strip, the wind always blew.
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