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Always Time to Die (St. Kilda, Bk 1)
Always Time to Die - St. Kilda, Bk 1
Author: Elizabeth Lowell
An eccentric Quintrell aunt has invited genealogist Carolina "Carly" May to their Taos compound to compile a record of the illustrious family. But digging into the past is raising troubling questions about a would-be president's private life...and the grisly street crime that left his drug-addicted sister dead. As a dark world of t...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060504199
ISBN-10: 0060504196
Publication Date: 6/1/2006
Pages: 480
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 176 ratings
Publisher: Avon
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Always Time to Die (St. Kilda, Bk 1) on + 20 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This is the first book I've read by this author. The imagery is vivid, especially in the opening murder scene. The characters are likeable--even the bad guy seems human and fallible but not really all that bad until the end. Also, I have to say, as an avid reader and a writer myself, I did not expect the big reveal in the epilogue which is unusual for me. It's a pretty good twist.
However, throughout the story the bad guy is kind of obvioustheres no real mystery, unless you count his motive. The last chapter just kind of ends abruptly and leaves you a little off kilter before it launches you into the epilogue, which takes place two months after the rest of the story. One minute the hero and heroine are sitting around talking about DNA testing and then all of a sudden the book jumps two months forward in time as if the author was suddenly sick of writing and decided to end the book. That was a little annoying, especially when you're expecting some sort of stand-off.
For the most part it was a good enough read that if I happen upon another of Lowell's books, I'll probably pick it up.
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Helpful Score: 3
Not quite the novel I expected after reading the Donovan series and Rarities Unlimited - those novels seemed to be an even mix of romance, suspense and drama. Although this was a good, hedging on great, suspense novel there wasn't the romance aspect I expected from Lowell. However, I do have to compliment her for building in the romance and not being clumsy about it - it flowed appropriately with the novel. I guess if you'd read the Donovan series, this would disappoint a little. If you read this first, the Donovan's would knock you out of your seat. A great suspense read, but not an enthralling romance/suspense drama.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was a shocker. I have read so many books where I knew what the end-game was immediately...this is not one of them. The book was written very well, and I stayed up until the wee hours to finish it..and I still can't stop thinking about the plot. Really enjoyed this one.
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Helpful Score: 2
I love Elizabeth Lowell, but I could NOT get into this book.
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Helpful Score: 1
Fast-paced romantic suspens novel. This was one of my favorite Lowell books. You'll see reoccurring characters from other books, but it is not necessary to have read something else before this. It stands nicely on its own.
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reviewed Always Time to Die (St. Kilda, Bk 1) on + 1455 more book reviews
An elderly Aunt to the current Governor of New Mexico has asked Genealogist Carly May to compile a family history for her. As soon as Carly starts digging through photos and interviewing the locals about the family, a dead rat shows up on her pillow along with a threatening phone call. Someone doesn't want her uncovering the secrets of the past. But Dan Duran is in town on vacation and decides to help her out. He won't tell Carly what his connection is to the family, but he wants to uncover secrets as much as she does.

The first book in Elizabeth Lowell's St. Kilda Consulting series is an intricately plotted mystery with murder, blackmail, poisoning, secret babies and false identities. Just when I thought I had a portion of it figured out, another twist would blow all of my theories. I've read other books by this author and really wasn't impressed. I'm glad I gave her another try. I'll definitely be continuing with this series. My rating: 4.5 Stars.
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Enjoyable, interesting plot and characters. Another of Ms Lowell's well-written adventures with twists and turns and danger. Wish there was more information about the St. Kilda group. Well worth a read.
reviewed Always Time to Die (St. Kilda, Bk 1) on + 18 more book reviews
Well written suspenseful book. I didn't realize it was essentially the first of 2.

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