MIDNIGHT IN RUBY BAYOU
As a wedding surprise for her old friend Mel, jewelry designer Faith Donovan agrees to take on an extreme rush order. The Montegeau family of New Orleans is providing Faith with exquisite rubies to be made into an unforgettable bridal necklace.
Archer Donovan has a bad feeling about the gems his sister Faith has been given to work with. On a hunch, he asks his right-hand man, Owen Walker, to check into the history and the authenticity of the stones.
When Faith has a strange visit from a Russian, calling himself Ivan Ivanovich, Owens instincts kick in, and he fears that the Russian Mafia may be involved. Upon their arrival in New Orleans, a vicious murder takes place in the hotel room where Faith was originally supposed to reside. This convinces them both that they are in serious jeopardy. Identifying all the players in this dangerous drama is the first step in trying to stay alive.
The Donovan family is back in full force and this time it is sister Faiths turn to take center stage. When it comes to delivering epic romance and suspense, Ms. Lowell is in a class by herself. A former Top Pick. (May, 400 pp., $7.50—Hardcover published July 2000)