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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (357 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marne Davis Kellogg Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: Kick Keswick Mysteries Release Date: April 2003 ISBN: 9781415912430
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Meet Kick Keswick, an elegant and self-possessed American who has been at London's venerable Ballantine & Company Auctioneer, Ltd., for over thirty years. She is an expert on paintings, furniture, and objets d'art, and so far has lived a perfectly happy life with things on her mind other than love. In fact, Kick rarely lets anyone into her private world. She prefers it that way. She adores her elegant London flat, her books, her music, her delicious meals, and, most of all, her jewels. Kick doesn't need a man in her life messing things up. But when American industrialist, scoundrel, and womanizer Owen Brace grabs the faltering Ballantine & Company in a corporate takeover, he turns Kick's world upside down, opening her eyes to large-scale love, romance and sensuous pleasure. 

Something tells Kick that Brace's motives are anything but sincere, however. And when he gets near enough to threaten Kick's closely guarded life, Brace learns the dangers of underestimating this woman. From sophicticated London to Kick's secluded farm in Provence, France, BRILLIANT is a playfully delicious novel of suspense, masterful revenge, and secrets of the multi-faceted kind. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay Nyberg | 2/12/2014

    " Fantastic beginning to a series!!! Thank you Gwen! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 2/9/2014

    " I read this book in 2007. I picked it up at the public library just by chance. Yes, I saw the cover, it looked interesting, so I read it. It looked like a typical girl novel, which isn't something I usually read (I read mostly YA) but I was intrigued by the cover and the summary inside the jacket. I LOVED this book. It was so good. It's about a female jewel thief who is just so awesome. Kick Keswick... is my hero. This is the first in a series of four and I loved them all. I waiting 2 years for a chance to read the final book and it was worth it. I love Kick's complicated relationships with men and I love her independent spirit. This first book is my favourite and probably the best one in the series. I would recommend these books to ladies that want to read a fun book that will take them out of real life for a little while. It's light, but smart enough to not insult the reader's intelligence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ingrid Anderson | 2/9/2014

    " An absolutely thrilling, sophisticated, romantic book. Kellogg unexpectedly takes you on a trip through a world previously unheard of (or, for myself, a world I would never have imagined even existed!). Lovely, if easy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theletter12 | 2/7/2014

    " awesome mystery book...great romance...very exciting "

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

    " I adore the Kick Keswick series, of which "Brilliant" is the first in the series. These books makes me feel sophisticated, cultured, and urbane. "Brilliant" is not as wonderful as "Perfection," but is was still exceedingly entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joneseyjen | 1/29/2014

    " want to read more! she is great "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 1/26/2014

    " These stories about a woman who has made a more than comfortable living as a jewel thief do not read as well in tough economic times, but it is still engaging to read about Kick's trajectory from trailer park to high society. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leslie Hickman | 1/25/2014

    " disappointing and well unrealistic "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LuAnn Kinsey | 1/19/2014

    " Fun to read - not really literature but entertaining! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judyr | 1/14/2014

    " I have enjoyed every one of Marne Davis Kellogg's books. I would recommend all of them. She has strong independent female leads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 1/12/2014

    " It's a great read if you love Mystery and good food. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashleigh | 1/3/2014

    " This is the first in a series that I absolutely love..all about wine and jewelry--how could you go wrong?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 12/19/2013

    " A light-hearted bit of fluff, but has some interesting details about jewelry, gems, and the auction business. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 11/23/2013

    " #1 Kick Keswick jewel thief turned sleuth "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marshall | 11/11/2013

    " I wasn't kidding when I said I liked books about jewel thieves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryann | 10/30/2013

    " Lots of excellent writing and description, but I can't really enjoy a heroine who is a thief. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 8/27/2013

    " Very fun book. Kick's beginning is just as interesting as her adventure in the 2nd book. Now I'm on to the third... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carah | 7/22/2013

    " Another in Kellogg's Kick Keswick series about the high-living jewel thief. Great story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 6/16/2013

    " A fun lark of a book. I learned a TON about precious gems and gourmet food. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelley Leber | 3/15/2013

    " I struggled to really get into the story until the last third of the book. I'm glad that I did finish the book, though, because the ending was really good. I didn't foresee the ending and was happily surprised. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/29/2013

    " see comments on previous book by this author "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Yvette | 10/16/2012

    " I couldn't get past the first few chapters of this book. I found it to be very boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 8/22/2012

    " This was a great book to take to the beach. Loved the main character but was a pretty light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 8/9/2012

    " The premise is unlikely, but SO entertaining! A great beach (or, in my case, cabin-fever) read! If you like Doris Day movies, To Catch a Thief, or caper stories--try this. Not too sweet, not too dry, just right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/7/2012

    " a good beach read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 7/6/2012

    " I read this (and the second in the series) a couple of years ago. It was light, entertaining, a terrific summer read. Enjoyed the character Kick and her "secret" life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/28/2011

    " Love this book! I love the playful world of art and riches that surround the quirky but admirable main character. The book is well written, well researched and a breeze to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 10/7/2011

    " Kick is a fun and unconventional heroine, and I enjoyed her capers immensely. The descriptions of jewelry, food, and furniture are sumptuous! I look forward to reading more in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 9/5/2011

    " The first in one of my favorite series of books. Gotta love the heroine, Kick Keswick, who is most definitely not your average book heroine. Blonde, zaftig and "of a certain age," she's crafty, smart and sassy. Great beach read and as I like to say, "Nancy Drew for adults!" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 8/21/2011

    " An entertaining diversion while reading but more suited to made for TV movie than a novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Murray | 6/10/2011

    " Well written and unusual heroine. Not a particularly clever story, but entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babydimps | 3/26/2011

    " This book was a really good, fun read. Kick is awesome! I love this character. The end is priceless. Can't wait to read the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alethea | 3/11/2011

    " A new twist on "chick lit/mystery" with a heroine whose expertise lies not only in high end auctions, but stealing high end jewels. The first of a delightful series starring "Kick" Keswick that hooked me from the beginning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryann | 1/11/2011

    " Lots of excellent writing and description, but I can't really enjoy a heroine who is a thief. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ingrid | 9/11/2010

    " An absolutely thrilling, sophisticated, romantic book. Kellogg unexpectedly takes you on a trip through a world previously unheard of (or, for myself, a world I would never have imagined even existed!). Lovely, if easy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LuAnn | 6/1/2010

    " Fun to read - not really literature but entertaining! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 1/21/2010

    " These stories about a woman who has made a more than comfortable living as a jewel thief do not read as well in tough economic times, but it is still engaging to read about Kick's trajectory from trailer park to high society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 9/28/2009

    " A fun read. A bit of a romance, but for the mature woman--fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 7/13/2009

    " What a fun book; I just love living vicariously through Kick! A jewel thief who works at an auction house. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 6/12/2009

    " This was a great book to take to the beach. Loved the main character but was a pretty light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 1/3/2009

    " Very fun book. Kick's beginning is just as interesting as her adventure in the 2nd book. Now I'm on to the third... "

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About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.