Book Reviews of The Color of Death (Rarities Unlimited, Bk 4)

The Color of Death (Rarities Unlimited, Bk 4)
The Color of Death - Rarities Unlimited, Bk 4
Author: Elizabeth Lowell
ISBN-13: 9780060504137
ISBN-10: 0060504137
Publication Date: 6/1/2004
Pages: 400
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 82 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
"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!"
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Helpful Score: 1
While I don't enjoy Lowell contemporaries as much as her historicals, this was a great fast paced read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Another good one from Elizabeth Lowell. Kate and Sam are excellent characters and the story is very interesting.
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Elizabeth Lowell and her books are "gems"
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fast-moving romantic thriller about the gemstone trade. chock full of villins, brawny gents & sexy interludes.
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mystery and intrigue for a female gem cutter in a man,s world. Excellent read
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Helpful Score: 1
Another winner for lowell, I love all her suspense books!
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Helpful Score: 1
A great read. I can't wait to read more books by this Author.
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I didn't realize it was a romance mystery till after I got part way through. The mystery was interesting enough - focusing on the gem world - that the romance didn't detract.
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Great insite into the world of gem trading
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Helpful Score: 1
Fast-paced. Good thriller.
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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.
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Helpful Score: 1
I am in love with how well Lowell can combine suspense, drama, comedy and romance to come up with a great read (again...). Like any of her novels, you'll be hooked from the beginning!
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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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Abridged.

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.
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I like the romance and the mystery - including the gem world portion.
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A good suspense read.
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good book, great plot
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Great jewel heist story.
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Excellent, fast-paced mystery and unexpected emotional depth.
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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.
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terrific book
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fast-paced, fun, and chock-full of... villains, brawny gents, and sexy interludes.
what more could you ask for?
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The mystery part of this book is great; the cutesy sexual foreplay gets old real quick and seems relatively high school and stupid.

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Romantic suspense novel!
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This is the first Elizabeth Lowell book I've read and I'm hooked. It was easy to understand and very fast paced. You won't put this one down until the end.
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Romantic suspense involving missing sapphires, a gem cutter and an FBI agent.
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Jewel thieves, FBI agents, sex, murder, female protagonist
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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.
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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.
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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.
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It took me a while to get into it because of all the characters, but it was well worth it-a good read.
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good read - gems, gents and guessing ... all good stuff
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ONLY KATE SUSPECTS THE TRUTH; THAT SHE'S STUMBLED INTO A CONSPIRACY OF DECEIT, BETRAYAL, AND COLD-BLOODED MURDER THAT GOES FAR BEYOND A SIMPLE JEWEL HEIST.
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Fast-paced, fun, and chock-full of villains, brawny gents, and sexy interludes.
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A gem cutter becomes involved in a murder conspiracy. Very detailed with lots of plot twists.
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Part of a series of the gemstone trade. A romantic mystery
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Only Kate suspects the terrifying truth: that she's stumbled into a conspiracy of deceit, betrayal, and cold-blooded murger that goes far beyond a simple jewel heist.
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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.
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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.
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I didn't like it too much.
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5 CD set in original packaging.
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