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Die in Plain Sight
by Elizabeth Lowell
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Avon, 2004 (2003)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Prolific author Elizabeth Lowell has another book in print, yet another winner. Die in Plain Sight's story flows like a mountain stream after a deluge - swift and powerful. Though the family histories of the Savoy/Forrest clan were confusing at times, I worked through that and managed to sort them out, at least enough to follow the action.

Lacey Quinn, painter with a fine professional future ahead of her, runs afoul of Ward Forrest and his money-grabbing kin. When possibly valuable paintings disappear, Lacy relies on security specialist Ian Lapstrake to not only protect her and her art, but to recognize her sudden feelings for him. The novel's action is breath-holding at times. The love story heats up quickly - almost too quickly for this staid old lady - but is well-written. Even though I am not a painter, I found the information contained in this mystery about oil painting to be extremely interesting - and it also furthers the storyline.

I had figured out what led to the dénouement, but it was exciting nevertheless. I liked the characterizations, although Ian seemed a little too perfect to be real. Lowell writes a good story, one that the reader can be engulfed by willingly. I read The Color of Death not too long ago and enjoyed it just as much as this one. Not surprisingly - a writer who has over thirty million books in print has to have something going for her!

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