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Die in Plain Sight

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New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell creates another masterpiece of excitement and chills, passion and surpriseDie in Plain SightWhen Lacey Quinn inherits the striking landscapes done by her late, much-loved grandfather, she believes they are as good as anything hanging in museums. But the paintings now in her possession are more than the works of a talented master. They are anguished voices from the grave . . . crying murder!Lacey begins researching her grandfather's past -- and is rocked almost immediately by a strange series of violent events. Someone wants to steal her inheritance, to reduce the paintings to unrecognizable ashes in a suspicious blaze. Someone wants to prevent Lacey from examining her grandfather's work too closely . . . by any means necessary.Ian Lapstrake, a security specialist, has taken an interest in Lacey's inheritance . . . and in her. Troubled by what he sees, he becomes Lacey's shadow, as her search for answers leads them both down an ever-darkening road paved with lies, blood, and devastating secrets.
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Artist Lacey Quinn has always believed that her "Grandpa Rainbow" deserved public recognition for his artwork. When Susa Donovan (matriarch of Lowell's Donovan clan) agrees to appraise art for a charity auction, Lacey knows that this is her chance to prove it. Unfortunately, there are others who don't want David Quinn's work coming to light and will go to any lengths to prevent that from happening. Ian Lapstrake of Rarities Unlimited has been assigned as Susa's bodyguard but quickly adds Lacey to his job description. He falls for her unique combination of drive, talent, and commitment, while his protective instincts go into overdrive. Alyssa Bresnahan brings a fresh voice that's dry and controlled with undercurrents of both sexual tension and humor. Comfortable with male and female characters, she keeps the pacing even and holds the suspense taut. Recommended.-Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Jamaica Plain, MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"A cut above." -- Raleigh News & Observer "Exotic, erotic . . . fun." -- Ft. Worth Star-Telegram "Strong, interesting, and sexy." -- Kirkus Reviews Strong, interesting, and sexy. --Kirkus Reviews A cut above. --Raleigh News & Observer "Exotic, erotic . . . fun."--Ft. Worth Star-Telegram "This author delivers pure, undiluted excitement."--Jayne Ann Krentz "Suspenseful . . . engrossing storytelling. An excellent recipe for a thrilling evening."--Booklist "Strong, interesting, and sexy."--Kirkus Reviews "A cut above."--Raleigh News & Observer Suspenseful . . . engrossing storytelling. An excellent recipe for a thrilling evening. --Booklist" This author delivers pure, undiluted excitement. --Jayne Ann Krentz" A cut above. --Raleigh News & Observer" Strong, interesting, and sexy. --Kirkus Reviews" Exotic, erotic . . . fun. --Ft. Worth Star-Telegram"

Heavy on romance and light on mystery, Lowell's latest romantic thriller (after Running Scared), set in the art world, promises fireworks, then fizzles out. Art buyer and struggling southern California artist Lacey Quinn shows a few of her grandfather's paintings to renowned artist Susa Donovan, in the area for a charity event. The paintings are mostly landscapes, but also include a few samples from his dark later work, including detailed depictions of murder and death by fire and drowning. Believing that the landscapes are really the work of famous California plein air painter Lewis Marten, Susa asks Lacey to have them professionally appraised. Lacey resists Susa's pleas, fearing that her grandfather may have been guilty of forgery, but she discovers something far more complicated and horrifying. The murders her grandfather depicted actually took place, and as Lacey digs into her grandfather's past, strangely similar murder attempts and arsons begin cropping up. Her research leads her to Ward Forrest, a financier and real estate mogul who is obsessed with the paintings. In spite of the high-concept plot, most readers will guess the outcome well before the end of the book, and the speed and ease with which Lacey unravels three decades of murder and mayhem defy credibility. The wide array of characters and the engaging lesson on California art are enjoyable, but they can't make up for the lack of suspense. (One-day laydown June 24) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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