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Blue Smoke and Murder

by Elizabeth Lowell (Author)

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  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
A good book, and just like all of Lowell's works (at least those I've read), the suspense and art is great. Like many of her works, the action and operations side of the book is not quite up to the highest standards and that is all that detracts from the story. Unless you read techno-thrillers it is unlikely that you will see anything wrong or have had any hand in the operational side of things, it is unlikely that you will give this book less than five stars. ( )
  sferguson | Nov 17, 2011 |
An extremely suspenseful and engaging plot combined with steamy romance and fascinating characters make this fourth volume involving St. Kilda a must-read!
Jill has inherited some paintings from her great aunt that someone would kill to either steal or destroy. Fortunately, she recently saved the life of the son of some top St Kilda operatives and has been assigned some help in the form of the handsome and skillful Zach. As they race around the southwest trying to stay ahead of the bad guys and prove the provenance of Jill's paintings, they also fall in lust with each other. The gripping climax is not at all overshadowed by the fact that we knew who the bad guys were all along.
Elizabeth Lowell is an author I will still read, and acquire every new offering from, even though I've mostly moved on from the romance/romantic suspense genre. ( )
  EmScape | Aug 28, 2010 |
Another classic Lowell plot -- An independent and savvy single woman gets wrapped up in a scary situation and must team up with St. Kilda Consulting and one of their ever-handsome and rugged operatives in order to extricate herself. As with other Lowell books, an art theme winds its way throughout. This book is fast-paced, if somewhat unbelievable. Certain scenes seem right out of James Bond in terms of the money spent on gadgets for spying and travel. Still, this was a fun read/listen and I'll continue to look for more Lowells at the library. ( )
  missylc | Jun 10, 2010 |
I really enjoyed reading this book, but weeks afterward, the details are merging with other similar books I've read.The setup is somewhat implausible, but I can deal with that. I think that events flow fairly reasonably once you accept it. Elizabeth Lowell is good at the thriller side of the story.She's also good at the characters, which is (to me) the most important aspect of a romance novel. I enjoyed the different aspects of Jill's personality-- her career and the aspects of her personality that make her successful as a river guide; her family loyalty that calls her back to deal with her great-aunt's estate; and (of course) the part that makes her a good character in a romance novel.Zach is similarly interesting, although with somewhat less depth. Watching their relationship develop was fun. ( )
  ImBookingIt | Mar 26, 2010 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060829850, Hardcover)

Jill Breck was just doing her job as a river guide when she saved the life of Lane Faroe, son of two of St. Kilda Consulting's premier operators. But when a string of ominous events—including a mysterious fire that kills her great-aunt and a furor in the Western art world raised by a dozen Breck family paintings—culminates in a threat to her life, Jill reluctantly calls in a favor.

Zach Balfour works part-time as a consultant for St. Kilda. His expertise is gathering and analyzing information from unlikely and often dangerous sources. Though he's got the skills to be a highly effective bodyguard, being a bullet catcher isn't his preferred way to spend time.

Protecting Jill will take him into familiar territory—among a strange, savagely competitive bunch of collectors who'll do anything to stay at the top. But Jill is in deeper waters than she's ever known; as she soon discovers, the perils of running wild rivers are tame compared with the hidden dangers in the high-stakes game of art collecting.

From the cozy rooms of the Breck homestead cabin to the cold multimillion-dollar galleries of the Western art circuit, Zach and Jill must race against time to unmask a ruthless killer hidden in a blue smoke of money, threats, lies, and death. . . .

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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.… (more)

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