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THE COLOR OF DEATH
by Elizabeth Lowell

Genre: Romantic Suspense, General Romantic Suspense

2004 Best Romantic Suspense Nominee

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Talented jewelry cutter Kate Chandler fears her brother Lee Mandel is dead, but she can't get the police to listen. When Lee disappears while carrying priceless sapphires known as the Seven Sins, the authorities assume he stole the merchandise and fled the country. Determined to discover the truth, Kate starts to follow the gem show circuit. She hits the jackpot in Arizona, spotting one of the stones on exhibit.

FBI maverick Sam Groves is in Arizona as part of a special task force looking for a ring of notorious gem thieves. When Sam sees Kate palm the sapphire, he thinks he's hit the jackpot. But he quickly learns she was giving back the real gem.

At first Sam is skeptical about Kate's insistence that Lee was a victim of foul play, but the evidence shows she may be right. Too bad the leaders of the task force are too bullheaded to listen. Sam and Kate are going to have to follow up this one on their own—if they live that long.

Passion and greed can be a very deadly combination, as Lowell clearly demonstrates in her scorching new thriller. Hot romance and hot jewels make this book irresistible! (Jun., 400 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: William Morrow

Published: June 2004

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3 Stars

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The Color of Death

Submitted by Robin in PA on March 7, 2011 - 9:27pm.

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 story.  The romance portion was just OK.  My rating:  3 Stars.