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3.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 5 3.43 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Lowell Narrator: Carol Monda Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The St. Kilda Series Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9780061630668
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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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  • “A combination of action, intrigue, and sexual tension results in superb romantic suspense. Narrator Carol Monda delivers a confident performance as the independent Jill Breck…Monda’s husky rendering of operative Zach Balfour adds to his masculine strength while keeping his tone caring and protective.” 

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  • “Lowell provides intriguing insight into the lucrative and fiercely competitive world of art collecting, where strokes of the brush can lead to brushes with death.” 

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 2/16/2014

    " Great book...the pages seemed to fly by! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lois | 2/3/2014

    " Interesting info on world of art sales and auctions. Very negative toward the "Mormon West" as it was referred to several times and Mormon culture in general, which rubbed me the wrong way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carola | 1/11/2014

    " Summer action-adventure reading between more intense books I read recently. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 12/28/2013

    " A quick, fun read with an interesting twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivy | 12/20/2013

    " This was a new author for me so wasn't sure what I was going to find. I liked her style of writing and the story kept me interested. I found myself letting the house work go so that I could finish this book...didn't want to put it down to even go to bed at night. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 12/16/2013

    " I really, really liked this book. Now I want to read the others in the St. Kilda Consulting series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlis | 12/11/2013

    " This was a very exciting book. Loved the chase and figuring out the mystery surrounding the artwork. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 12/8/2013

    " Fun fluffy thriller about the art collector/auction world. Plot was predictable but the details about this part of the world, western art, and the collector/auction world made it really interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terasa | 12/3/2013

    " Fast paced, pulse pounding, intriguing, a good read. Really held your attention to the very end. I have a whole new perspective to Western Art. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 11/15/2013

    " First book I ever read from this author. I really enjoyed it. One I didn't want to put down because I was anxious to see what was going to happen next! It has short chapters and I always like short chapters!! I recommend this book! It was a gift. Thank you Carolyn! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dale | 10/26/2013

    " Makes me want to read other books in the set. The title of the book becomes clear as the characters work to solve a murder and attempted murder revolving around stolen/newly discovered fine artwork. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 10/25/2013

    " Woman trying to figure out the truth of her Great-aunt's death and legacy. Girl power in the Mormon West. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 10/9/2013

    " Run of the mill Lowell. nothing new. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grandma Judy | 9/23/2013

    " Mystery, intrigue & murder in the art world. I enjoy romantic suspense when it's well written, as this one was. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim Hay | 7/5/2013

    " A good mystery read of western art. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edie Hach | 12/3/2012

    " This was the first time I read anything by this author, and I was very pleased. It held my attention from the very beginning. I also learned a lot about the "art world" and how avid some of the collectors are. She created very strong characters. I will definitely read other books she writes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 PastAllReason | 8/3/2012

    " Another page-turner from Elizabeth Lowell in the St. Kilda consulting series. This one includes "big art", and the forces in the Fine Art world driving behaviour and prices. I enjoyed this element of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 6/6/2012

    " Fun! Really liked the western art angle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C K | 5/23/2012

    " This is an author that I have read a lot of and have added her books to my 'keeper' book shelf. Most I have read at least twice and some even more than that. Always in depth characters that anyone can identify with on some level. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Therese | 4/30/2012

    " Jill and Zach seemed to connect instantly, which I enjoyed. They seemed to respect each other for their individual abilities and seemed to make good partners. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 3/19/2012

    " Liked the art angles; liked that the good guys had the upper hand for the most part; liked the characters okay. The feminist aspect of the story struck me as a little too blatant and stereotyped to be really powerful, and the questions raised there weren't resolved well enough for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mylinda | 1/3/2012

    " I must have missed the first 3 books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary G. | 9/22/2011

    " The book was good. However, the first books introducing St. Kilda were much better. This book wasn't up to Ms. Lowell's ususal standard. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra | 1/21/2011

    " Like the story, but I had a hard time getting into the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 1/8/2011

    " This was my first Elizabeth Lowell book. It couldn't put it down and finished it in record time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 11/17/2010

    " Two fairly graphic sex scenes. Good story that takes you into the art world and some of it's really bad points. The story keeps you interested to find out how Jill is going to get out of the trouble that 12 paintings have caused her! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 11/7/2010

    " It was a decent quick read. I would not relegate it to the level of great literature, but it was entertaining enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 10/24/2010

    " Always enjoy her books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grandma | 8/8/2010

    " Mystery, intrigue & murder in the art world. I enjoy romantic suspense when it's well written, as this one was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 6/29/2010

    " Good romantic suspense and the perfect book for a hot summer day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jami | 4/18/2010

    " Cheap thrills. Predictable dialogue, predictable plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 4/11/2010

    " Great book...the pages seemed to fly by! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 3/27/2010

    " Woman trying to figure out the truth of her Great-aunt's death and legacy. Girl power in the Mormon West. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 3/13/2010

    " Run of the mill Lowell. nothing new. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/23/2010

    " well paced mystery... desert background and lots of art "

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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

Carol Monda is an award-winning actor known for her work in Out of Season, After You Left, and The Gentlemen. She is an accomplished voice-over artist and an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, having lent her voice to over one hundred audiobooks, including New York Times bestsellers by Jodi Picoult, Lucia Berlin, Lisa Jackson, Chuck Palahniuk, Colum McCann, and Carla Neggers.