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3.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 5 3.36 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Lowell Narrator: Maria Tucci Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN:
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The powerful Quintrell family of New Mexico has spent decades in the public eye. Now the recent death of the clan's patriarch has placed his son, Governor Josh Quintrell, squarely in the spotlight as he prepares his run for the highest political office in the land. It is not a good time to be rattling skeletons in the family's closets.

Researching personal histories isn't just Carolina Carly May's profession, it's her passion. But digging into the past is raising troubling questions about the would-be president's private life. And it soon becomes frighteningly apparent that someone is determined to remove the inquisitive genealogist from the picture by any means necessary.

Carly realizes that there is no one whom she dares to trust, perhaps least of all Dan Duran, a dangerous and haunted mystery man who's somehow tied to the Quintrells' past. But she will need an ally to survive, because following the bloodlines of the wealthy and power-hungry can be a bloody business.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/18/2014

    " Very slow starting book. Hard to get over all the data listed to the actual story but over all a definite twist as the puzzle is sorted out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 2/16/2014

    " I think part of the problem is that I had to spread out my reading of this book over several days, leaving it harder to follow. However, I thought all the history/geneology became tiresome. Also, I don't like hearing all of the "who dunnit" information as an epilogue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/5/2014

    " I would have given it 4 stars, but the "womance" was unnecessary and annoying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 2/2/2014

    " I learned alot about geneology and special tests that can be run to follow either the mom's or dad's dna. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Arianna | 2/1/2014

    " I was shocked by this book. It sounded good, then I started reading and was struck by a desire to skip a lot of pages. There is a ton of geneology and family history described in the chapters because the main character is hired to write about just that. So at first it's boring, then it just gets disgusting. If you want to read about some filandering, pig-headed chold molesters and bigamists be my guest -- I put the book down. I couldn't believe one of my choice authors had chosen to write such a sickening ending to her story. I wouldn't bother giving this book a second glance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/29/2014

    " This was not as good as her books usually are. The whole DNA, family history part took over the book and there was almost no suspense/mystery. Just an OK book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LibraryLass | 1/25/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in the series. Everything was right, the right amount of romance, suspense and detail. Recommended read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fairyposs | 1/13/2014

    " Loved the twists and turns in the plot, and the final denouement. You'll like it if you want a murder mystery with a good dose of history and research (genealogy in this book) and a romance woven in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mirinda | 12/31/2013

    " I enjoy Elizabeth Lowell's mystery novels because she researches her topics well, they are different than most, the dialog is interesting without sounding stilted and there is very little focus on the "bedroom". So, for those times you just want a good mystery... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne' | 12/30/2013

    " Another in my "favorite authors" category. Not the best of her books, but always enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jegan | 12/20/2013

    " Started off interesting but lost momentum around page 300 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Homer H. | 12/2/2013

    " The plot about the murderer being dicovered through the tracing of the family tree and DNA testing is in itself quite ineresting. mtDNA and YDNA not used by CSI makes it a bit different and I was not aware of such variations in testing, which can be used to trace maternal links in the family tree. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alexis-Morgan Roark | 11/21/2013

    " I kept vacillating between hating and liking this book. It must have been the narrator. The genealogy stuff got to be a little too much. Then the whole incest thing just went waaaaaay beyond creepy, disgusting, and too much as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renna | 11/17/2013

    " This was a really good book -- it was hard to get into, Lowell is very detailed (almost too detailed) but once you get into the characters it was really good!!! The ending was a total surprise!!! I hope that she continues with Dan and Caroline!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindig | 9/15/2013

    " Lots of interesting stuff about New Mexico history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bree | 8/9/2013

    " A quick suspense read, kept me up half the night. Great hero and heroine, intelligent. Found the genealogy details fascinating. Lots of icky incest, though. Kenedy-esque family story line, plus connections to drug smugglers kept the story interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pr Latta | 6/25/2013

    " Special appeal: New Mexico's Spanish and Anglo cultural history, herbalists,and genealogy. Stated to be first in the St. Kilda Consulting series but Elizabeth Lowell's website ("hard edged suspense with a passionate twist") does not list it as such (though it clearly plays a part in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Sanchez | 6/14/2013

    " The dialogue reminded me how much I love Lowell. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paulette | 5/1/2013

    " Pretty sure this is one that I didn't finish. Just couldn't quite get with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Terry | 4/29/2013

    " Really good book with mystery and Love and great adventure! My first St. Kilda book and I was hooked! Characters have history, and it was an intense story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 4/26/2013

    " book was okay...unfortunately I read book 4 in the series first and thought it was awesome compared to this one, but since I know they get better I am gonna read the rest "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathalie | 1/18/2013

    " A heck of a story. Twist and unexpected turns, fast passing.... I couldn't stop listening "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 11/6/2012

    " Same review as for #2 in the series (which I read before this one). I like that there are different characters with each book in the series (so far), so you don't end up rolling your eyes at the lengths the author has to go to add drama to the same old characters' lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Della | 9/2/2011

    " I have been doing some genealogy this summer and this book really went over the edge with family genealogy but I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 5/8/2011

    " I've never read anything by this author. However, after reading this book (nice mix of romance and suspense), I will be looking for her on the shelves from now on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jegan | 4/29/2011

    " Started off interesting but lost momentum around page 300 "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katrin | 3/17/2011

    " I'm not liking much lately!
    This fiction story is set in New Mexico, but that's about all it has going for it.
    The descriptions are trite, and I figured out the mystery very quickly.
    Recommended to me by a friend who loves to read stories set in NM.
    K. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 3/9/2011

    " book was okay...unfortunately I read book 4 in the series first and thought it was awesome compared to this one, but since I know they get better I am gonna read the rest "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/17/2011

    " An exciting story with great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/22/2011

    " I LOVE Google. On the spot...without research (e.g. in the Old Testament, much less Google :-), who is the elder, Cain or Abel? (I certainly didn't know....) I am enjoying this book way more than I thought I would; it is not simplistic.

    Really quite good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryann | 10/9/2010

    " 3 1/2 stars. I liked this book. I checked out the newest book in this series without realizing it was part of a series. I returned that book to the library and decided to start from the beginning. Not a bad way to start. I'm interested in reading the rest of the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alexis-Morgan | 4/27/2010

    " I kept vacillating between hating and liking this book. It must have been the narrator. The genealogy stuff got to be a little too much. Then the whole incest thing just went waaaaaay beyond creepy, disgusting, and too much as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bree | 4/7/2010

    " A quick suspense read, kept me up half the night. Great hero and heroine, intelligent. Found the genealogy details fascinating. Lots of icky incest, though. Kenedy-esque family story line, plus connections to drug smugglers kept the story interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fairyposs | 2/26/2010

    " Loved the twists and turns in the plot, and the final denouement. You'll like it if you want a murder mystery with a good dose of history and research (genealogy in this book) and a romance woven in. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paulette | 10/17/2009

    " Pretty sure this is one that I didn't finish. Just couldn't quite get with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 4/16/2009

    " I really like this series. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Lowell

Elizabeth Lowell’s acclaimed suspense novels include the New York Times bestsellers Blue Smoke and Murder, Innocent as Sin, The Wrong Hostage, Always Time to Die, The Color of Death, Die in Plain Sight, Running Scared, and Moving Target, as well as four books featuring the Donovan family: Amber Beach, Jade Island, Pearl Cove, and Midnight in Ruby Bayou. She has more than thirty million books in print. She lives in Arizona and Seattle, Washington, with her husband, with whom she writes mystery novels under a pseudonym.

About the Narrator

Maria Tucci is an Italian born actress. She has had roles on Broadway for over twenty years and was nominated for a 1967 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for The Rose Tattoo. In films, she is best known for her role in To Die For. She has appeared in numerous television series, including Law & Order. As a professional audiobook narrator, she has shared with other cast members in the Audie Award nomination in 2010 for Selected Shorts: A Touch of Magic and in 2007 for Selected Shorts: Vol. 19 Timeless Classics. She is married to the eminent American editor Robert Gottlieb.