Blue Smoke and Murder

Blue Smoke and Murder

Large Print - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Protecting a river guide with ties to the art world, private information collector and reluctant bodyguard Zach Balfour quickly realizes his charge is in more danger than previously known, a situation that pits them against the ruthless multi-million-dollar western art circuit. By the author of The Wrong Hostage. (Suspense)


Jill Breck was just doing her job as a river guide when she saved the life of Lane Faroe, son of two of St. Kilda Consulting's premier operators. But when a string of ominous events—including a mysterious fire that kills her great-aunt and a furor in the Western art world raised by a dozen Breck family paintings—culminates in a threat to her life, Jill reluctantly calls in a favor.

Zach Balfour works part-time as a consultant for St. Kilda. His expertise is gathering and analyzing information from unlikely and often dangerous sources. Though he's got the skills to be a highly effective bodyguard, being a bullet catcher isn't his preferred way to spend time.

Protecting Jill will take him into familiar territory—among a strange, savagely competitive bunch of collectors who'll do anything to stay at the top. But Jill is in deeper waters than she's ever known; as she soon discovers, the perils of running wild rivers are tame compared with the hidden dangers in the high-stakes game of art collecting.

From the cozy rooms of the Breck homestead cabin to the cold multimillion-dollar galleries of the Western art circuit, Zach and Jill must race against time to unmask a ruthless killer hidden in a blue smoke of money, threats, lies, and death. . . .

& Taylor

Reluctant bodyguard Zach Balfour agrees to protect Jillian Breck, a river guide hiding valuable Western paintings, from ruthless multi-million-dollar Western art collectors who want to retrieve the paintings at any cost.

Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, c2008
Edition: 1st HarperLuxe ed
ISBN: 9780061562624
Characteristics: 549 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


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Jul 27, 2018

Continues the plein air arts and St. Kilda Consulting saga. Better than earlier books in the series although I'm still not happy with a character whose aunt has just been murdered and her life threatened being so horny that she can't eat a meal with two men without being so sexually aroused she can't concentrate on the conversation. The characters tend to be a bit stereotyped, but still interesting. The themes of governments are helpless in the face of big-business-crime organizations and of crooked politicians fits my political views so I don't mind a bit of stereotyping of bad guys. about a 6 hour read

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