Blue Smoke and Murder

Elizabeth Lowell, Author
Elizabeth Lowell, Author . Morrow $24.95 (404p) ISBN 978-0-06-082985-8
Reviewed on: 04/28/2008
Release date: 06/01/2008

An art scandal enlivens this au-so-courant novel of romantic suspense from bestseller Lowell (Innocent as Sin ), set in various locales around the American Southwest. Zach Balfour, a sexy freelancer working for St. Kilda Consulting, a security firm, falls in love with an attractive client, wilderness expert Jill Breck, while investigating Jill's recent inheritance of unsigned paintings possibly done by the late Thomas Dunstan, a legendary Western painter who had been the hard-drinking lover of Jill's artist grandmother, Justine Breck. Jill—and the paintings—are at risk because some greedy art connoisseurs realize that new Dunstans might adversely affect the price of his works slated for an upcoming Vegas auction. Lowell's keen insights into art world shenanigans serve to remind the reader about the value of art for art's sake rather than art for money's sake. (June)

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