BOOK REVIEW: BLUE SMOKE AND MURDER
Jill Breck loved her job as a Colorado River guide. Even though she has done this several times, it was always different as the river was unpredictable. The two people with her this day were Joe Faroe and his son, Lane.
The current started to pick up. Jill worked the oars and the shift in direction caught Lane off balance. He fell over the side. Since Jill knew the river so well she jumped into the water and was able to save Lane’s life. As a thank you, Joe Faroe handed Jill one of his business cards, which stated “St. Kilda Consulting”. He told her that if she ever had any kind of problem to contact him.
Jill’s great aunt, Modesty, died in what the sheriff believes is an accident. Jill arrived in town to settle her estate. Just about everything burned down except for a cabin on the property. Jill was thankful it was still there because she would not have to stay at a motel. The cabin had many fond memories for her as a child. As Jill was checking the pump to see if there was any running water, she noticed a folded piece of paper with her aunt’s handwriting on it. It stated, “Go to your old hiding place. Life isn’t as safe as it seems to the young”.
Her favorite hideaway as a child was inside the cabin, at the back of the pantry, where a cupboard pulled away to reveal a rough opening. Behind the cupboard was a six-foot square room. She discovered an old trunk filled with paintings. There was also a note indicating that her aunt had sent one of the paintings out to be appraised and she was told that it was worth nothing and had been misplaced.
Jill tries to find out what the paintings are worth and starts to receive death threats. What is going on and who is doing this?
Jill figures it is now time to make use of the business card once given to her. She contacts St. Kilda’s Consulting for help. Zach Balfour works part-time for Kilda. Will he be able to protect Jill and help her find more information about the paintings?
Jill soon discovers that the turbulent waters of the Colorado are nothing compared to the danger she now faces!
This is a romantic suspense thriller that takes the reader into the world of high priced art and some of the seedy things that happen in the back rooms that we do not often hear about. The author does an excellent job of drawing the reader into the story from the very first page. I have read many of Elizabeth Lowell’s books and feel that this one is her best yet. The readers will love the character Jill Breck because she is strong and determined. Jill and Zach do a wonderful job of captivating the reader . Be sure to add Blue Smoke and Murder to your reading list. I highly recommend this book.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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