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Blue Smoke and Murder Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Blue Smoke and Murder, by Elizabeth Lowell
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.91 (1,487 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Lowell Narrator: Carol Monda Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Audio Length: Related: The St. Kilda Series Release Date:
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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 Reviews

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by Veronica | 12/28/2013

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

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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 audiobook narrator, who has lent her voice to over one hundred audiobooks, including Claire Dewitt and the Bohemian Highway, Blue Smoke and Murder, and The Tenth Circle. She currently resides in New York.