Blue Smoke and Murder : St. Kilda Consulting

  • by Elizabeth Lowell
  • Narrated by Carol Monda
  • Series: St. Kilda Consulting
  • 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


Audible Editor Reviews

A combination of action, intrigue, and sexual tension results in superb romantic suspense. Narrator Carol Monda delivers a confident performance as the independent Jill Breck, a river guide who is pulled into a dangerous scheme when she inherits a collection of unsigned canvases. As she tries to uncover the truth about the origin of the paintings, her life is threatened, and she must seek help from a private consulting firm. Monda's husky rendering of operative Zach Balfour adds to his masculine strength while keeping his tone caring and protective. Overall, Monda's performance keeps up with the fast pace of the action, yet she deftly slows things down for the steamy scenes when Jill and Zach act upon their mutual attraction.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Below the standard for this series

Elizabeth Lowell is phoning it in. The characters just don't come to life, and the dialogue between the female protagonist and her love interest is laughable. I think it was supposed to be funny at least part of the time, but it just felt juvenile to me.
Other books in the St. Kilda series are pretty good, but this one just never got to humming. However, there is some interesting background on Western art and some good slams on the FLDS church.
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- Rebecca

More good than bad

This was an engaging thriller with interesting components. A bit heavy on the hormones; I found it hard to believe that a pair of extremely competent and independent superheros would take time out of an impending-death situation for some bump-and-giggle. Seems to me such protagonists would have been eliminated before a story could be written about them. Unfortunately there were several flukes like that, like superheros who can arrange planes, accommodations, security and more with a blink of an eye, forgetting nothing, yet not recharge a battery. Gimmee a break. Still, it was worth the read.
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- Lehua of Pacifica

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-27-2008
  • Publisher: HarperAudio