The Color of Death (Lowell, Elizabeth) Hardcover – 1 Jun 2004
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
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.
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.