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The Color of Death (Lowell, Elizabeth) Hardcover – 1 Jun 2004

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company; First Edition First Printing edition (Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060504137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060504137
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,174,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Romantic suspense is her true forte." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

." . .delicious tale of romantic suspense. . ." -- Booklist on Jade Island

...a diverting read for thriller fans. -- Publishers Weekly

Elizabeth Lowell s keen ear for dialogue and intuitive characterizations consistently place her a cut above most writers in this genre. --Charlotte News & Observer

. . .a riveting mix of suspense and romance, sure to increase Lowell s popularity. --Booklist on Pearl Cove

. . .delicious tale of romantic suspense. . . --Booklist on Jade Island

I ll buy any book with Elizabeth Lowell s name on it. --Jayne Ann Krentz

...a diverting read for thriller fans.--Publishers Weekly

Romantic suspense is her true forte. --Minneapolis Star Tribune

." . .a riveting mix of suspense and romance, sure to increase Lowell's popularity."--Booklist on Pearl Cove

"Elizabeth Lowell's keen ear for dialogue and intuitive characterizations consistently place her a cut above most writers in this genre."--Charlotte News & Observer

"Romantic suspense is her true forte."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

." . .delicious tale of romantic suspense. . ."--Booklist on Jade Island

"I"ll buy any book with Elizabeth Lowell's name on it."--Jayne Ann Krentz --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell has more than eighty titles published to date with over twenty-four million copies of her books in print. She lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her husband, with whom she writes novels under a pseudonym. Her favorite activity is exploring the Western United States to find the landscapes that speak to her soul and inspire her writing. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Gem cutter Kate Chandler accepts the commission of a lifetime from Arthur McCloud, one of the world's foremost gemstone collectors, who also happens to be the President of the United States' brother-in-law. She does the job brilliantly, as usual, and is able to craft seven exquisitely faceted jewels "that burn with an extraordinary blue color," each one a uniquely different shape, from one rough, dull bluish stone. Gems of this deep color and large size are rarely mined nowadays. This particular rough had been in a private collection for over one hundred years. The newly cut stones, collectively called the "Seven Sins," assure Kate a major boost in her professional reputation, especially advantageous since her field is comprised primarily of men.
Kate's half brother, Lee Mandel, a courier for the family firm, was given the assignment to personally deliver the cut and polished Seven Sins to McCloud at his home on Captiva Island, Florida. A few miles away from his destination, Lee disappeared. So did the stones. Kate, who trusts Lee implicitly, is sure foul play is involved, and that her brother may have been robbed and murdered. Six months after the disappearance, the FBI still believes the foul play is Lee's - that he deliberately stole the gems and took off for parts unknown, a much richer man. Determined to discover the truth, Kate begins her own investigation with a visit to a gem trade show in Scottsdale, Arizona near her home. She is on the lookout for one or more of the seven sapphires she cut. She decides to delve into this mystery despite a death threat she received warning her not to interfere.
FBI agent Sam Groves, an outstanding investigator with lousy social and political skills, is in Arizona as part of a special task force looking for a ring of gem thieves.
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I enjoyed this book but it is not part of the Rarities Unlimited series.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9674a00c) out of 5 stars Just Plain Dull 1 Aug. 2004
By Lasha - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Lowell is one of the few authors whose hardcover books I would purchase simply on the strength of her name. The latest book, however, will be the last of hers that I buy in that same manner. (I'll wait 'til the softcover edition comes out, if then). Simply put, this book is just dull. The characters generate very little interest or excitement for the reader, and the plot doesn't do much better. The characters are barely physically described, their backgrounds barely touched, their inner beings barely hinted at. I can barely even get a mental picture. In Ms. Lowell's previous books, I could get a sense of why the hero and heroine were attracted to one another but not in her latest couple of books, including this one. And this story is a cookie cutter image of the stories in the last 3-4 of her books. They follow the EXACT same formula. Just plug in the valuable item (gem, mineral, precious metal, expensive art); plug in the incessant details about said valuable item; plug in the hero (rich guy OR current or ex law enforcer type OR all of the above investigating or protecting said valuable item/heroine) and heroine (expert, tactician or practioner of said valuable item); plug in the situation (bad guy who wants to protect his investment in or procure all said valuable items assets); plug in the denoument (hero or heroine almost gets murdered by someone who the reader did or did not suspect); and you have your latest Elizabeth Lowell book.

I could barely finish this book. In fact, I skipped several dozen pages to quickly read the ending. I get the sense that the author doesn't want this book and her last few to be pegged as romance, rather, "suspense novels". However, this book doesn't even measure up to either category.

Ms. Lowell's books past books have brought me much enjoyment over the years, so I can't honestly say that I am done with reading her books. I'll just be more cautious in the future. I wish the author better luck with better books.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9674a060) out of 5 stars Have to agree with "Just plain dull" 5 Aug. 2004
By A Reader - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I believe my title says it all. I have been an Elizabeth Lowell fan for so many years yet, the past 3 books have left me terribly disappointed. Just like the reviewer "just plain dull" said - just plug in the new character names and you have the same repetitious plot, same everything to these disappointing novels. It seems as if she wants to attract a readership of another group (or perhaps her publisher, editor, agent or best friend has advised her to go in this direction. ITS NOT WORKING, MS. LOWELL!. Yet, it is her romance fans who are the loyal group who keep purchasing her books, only to be disappointed once again. IT IS THE ROMANCE FANS THAT KEEP THE BOOK SALES GOING, IN HOPES OF BEING REWARDED WITH A BOOK THAT IS QUINTESSENTIALLY ELIZABETH LOWELL.

I absolutely refuse to purchase any future books from this author and will go to the library to borrow it. I will borrow it because I find it is difficult to break away from this talented writer. I really don't want to, yet how many more of these books must your most loyal fans suffer through? If you are reading this Ms. Lowell, it is not my intent to hurt your feelings. Alot of work and research go into a book of this length. But I will say to you is that you really don't realize what you have until you lose it. As each of these lack-luster books come out each year, you are losing fans by the droves. I am sure it is ultimately showing in your book sale numbers. Perhaps that is the only way that your publisher, editor or agent will realize that going into another direction was not a good idea. Please return to what you know in your heart is a winner, the Donovan series. Those are characters that stand on their own and live in all of your fan's minds.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96c0da14) out of 5 stars Good book 4 July 2004
By M. Colon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have been a fan of Elizabeth Lowell's for some time now, and I have to say that she has gotten back on track with this book, much better than her last few novels, which I felt were not balanced in the way of combining romance and suspense.
The hero and heroine were much more fleshed out, the secondary characters believable and with their own unique quirks. Lowell has a good sense when it comes to characterization and dialogue that kept the book fast-paced. The mystery was a good one, and even I was a little surprised at the curve ball she threw at the end.
My only quibbles with the book were: one, she needed at least one more chapter to clear up loose ends and explain more at the end. Second, although you see the love grow between the characters, they never explicity say it, which would be nice.
But to all readers out there, be forwarned. Her novels are more suspense based now than romance based. This is a trend anyone can see if they have been reading her last few books. Not that this is a bad thing, I think she has real talent writing in the suspense/mystery genre. But readers expecting a straight romance will be disapppointed. The romance has taken a secondary place to the mystery. The clues to this trend can be seen by the title and the cover art of the book (which I hated.)
But all in all a good read. You see the trademark Lowell style of writing in this book and she is able to combine both suspense and romance into a well written book.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9674a2e8) out of 5 stars Half of a good book 19 Oct. 2004
By Arachnae Greenleaf - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I'd give this 2 1/2 stars if I could; this is -half- of a good book. Plot and background - fine. (Several reviewers have mentioned they felt there was too much 'gemology' in this novel, but frankly, it's the only interesting thing here.) Character development and characterization - completely absent.

If the author had spent HALF the time developing her characters as she did presenting the stone details, this would have been a good book. It reads as if she was following one-two word descriptions of each character - Kate, beautiful and talented; Sam, rebellious and honorable, etc.

A good editor (or even a half-way literate and disinterested reader) could have told her this.

Wait for the paperback or get this from the library if you must read it. Not particularly recommended.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9674a528) out of 5 stars Irritatingly repetitive 22 Aug. 2004
By M. G Haury - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I just finished "Die In Plain Sight" and thought it was terrific! It was the first book I'd read by this author, and I was so excited to have found a new (for me) author. I was lucky enough to find "The Color of Death" at the library, but I was sorely disappointed. It seemed to me like the same book as "Die In Plain Sight", the characters just had different names. The male protagonists use the same term of endearment -"darling"- and the author keeps using the same annoying turn of phrase - "his/her smile was all teeth". And there was much more, as some of the previous reviewers have mentioned. Maybe I wouldn't have noticed all the similarities if I hadn't read these books so close together, but that's not really my fault is it?
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