When Gem Cutter Kate Chandler's brother, Lee, disappears with the seven rare Blue Sapphires called the Seven Sins, she worries that something terrible has happened to him. The FBI believe he stole the precious stones and left the country. So, she beings investigating herself. FBI Agent Sam Groves is assigned to a task force trying to stop the rise in gem thefts. When he sees Kate stealing a sapphire from a gem dealer, he tracks her down thinking she will lead him to the organization behind the thefts. But when Kate tells him everything, he decides to help her which may jeopardize his career.
This story just didn't work for me. So many characters were introduced in the first 80 pages, I was very confused. At least 10 of these characters told the story from their point-of-view. The story finally started to flow but there really wasn't very much suspense. This book had lots and lots of details about the gem trade. I felt like an expert after reading this book. The romance portion was just OK. My rating: 3 Stars.
"A fast-moving story that unfolds in the glamorous, greed-driven subculture of the gemstone trade...Lowell writes sharp, tough dialogue, even in her love scenes...Readers will approach the jewelry counter with new eyes!"
I read this because of the subject matter- I'm a jeweler. It was OK. The tech stuff was interesting but not entirely accurate from a jeweler point of view; still, it did a good job of providing atmosphere and a bit of mostly accurate info about the gem trade.
This is a wonderful book. Diologue seems real, an enormous amount of research went into it(at least it seems like it(who new gems could be so interesting?)), well paced. Excellent. Some books make you want to go out and get every book an author has ever written. This is one of those. If you like good mysteries, you will not be bored reading this book.
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I really like this narrator. She has narrated many of E. Lowell's books; Running Scared, die in plain sight, etc.
She has a way of keeping your ears tuned into the story.
My only issue with this abridged is, as with many abridged audiobooks, you miss out on some of what I think are important little offshoots of the plot.
If you have never read the book this will pull you in enough to read the book, and if you have already read the book this will not only have you realizing you need to re-read this little jewel, but you will also enjoy experiencing the book through someone else's lens of what the characters would sound like, etc.
Boston Globe: "A fast moving story that unfolds in the glamorous, greed-driven subculture of the gemstone trade.... Lowell writes sharp, tough dialogue, even in her love scenes.... readers will approach the jewelry counter with new eyes."
A very good read.
Good and suspenseful - this one's about a gem cutter who's involved with a shipment of sapphires that disappeared without a trace - along with the courier who is her brother. She's trying to find him and the gems. Gets involved with an FBI agent.
Althought there was too much detail about gems for my interest, it was a good romantic suspense novel. The chemistry between the hero and heroine was very good and I wish there had been more of them in the story.
This book has characters involved in the gem trade which increases its interest. The heroine, a gem cutter, refuses to believe that her brother, a gem courier, made off with priceless sapphires. She believes he was murdered and tries to prove it.
Kate Chandler is a world-class gem cutter. She cuts 7 stones that are rare and priceless and during a transfer to the owner they dissappear along with the courier who happens to be her brother. Kate is sure her brother is dead and the stones hijacked. Entering into a world of deceit, betrayal and cold-blooded murder, Kate tries to find out the truth. She finally gets an FBI agent to believe her and the race is on to find the killer before Kate's life is snuffed out.
I enjoyed the story line except for the jumping around from character to character in telling the story. Sort of made it confusing. Other wise a very good read.
Kate Chandler has accepted a commission that will solidify her reputation as a world-class gem cutter. But during what should have been a simple transfer, seven rare, priceless sapphires vanish without a trace, along with their courier, her brother Lee, who now, quite possibly , is dead.