Midnight in Ruby Bayou - Donovans, Bk 4 Author:Elizabeth Lowell Faith Donovan is famous for crafting exquisite jewelry studded with fabulous gems. But the dangerous task of acquiring the rare rubies she needs for her art has taught Faith to be wary of anyone outside her own family -- especially someone like Owen Walker, an adventurer with an intimate knowledge of the ruby trade and man's murderous greed.... more » But now necessity has thrown the them together, as they venture into the shadowy world of the wealthy and mysterious Montegeaus in search of quality stones.
A powerful Georgia clan descended from pirates, the Montegeaus are said to possess a staggering fortune in gems, hidden for generations in the legendary Blessing Chest. In the living shadows of historic Ruby Bayou. Faith and Walker are soon drawn into a terrifying web of corruption and betrayal, and haunted by the dark, unfolding secrets of the Montegeaus past and present. For there are those who would kill for the contents of the Blessing Chest. And now two outsiders who have learned too much stand in the way...« less
I'm not sure why I keep reading Lowell books. They frequently leave me wanting more, and not in a good way. More natural dialogue would be a good start. The Donovans are tremendously appealing characters, and I'd like to read really good books about them. I'll put this one a notch above Jade Island, just on the merits that Owen Walker is a good ol' southern boy (sort of). :-)