Blue Smoke and Murder
by Elizabeth Lowell
Review by Beth Slater
William Morrow Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780060829858
Date: 01 June 2008 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
For Jill Breck, the river is her life. It is another day on the river when she saves the life of one of her charges. But to Joe Faroe of St. Kilda's Consulting, it has earned her the privilege of a favor –- whenever and whatever. Jill can't imagine ever needing assistance of such magnitude until she inherits her great-aunt's ranch and the family's secret hoard of unsigned Western art paintings –- paintings that may have gotten her great-aunt killed and her house and outbuildings burnt to the ground by arson. When Jill tries to track down the painting her aunt sent off to be appraised, she barely escapes with her life. Will Joe Faroe and his consulting agency be able to help her or has she finally found rapids she can't maneuver her way out of? From official release/information:
Product Description: 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.
(Source: William Morrow)