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Blue Twilight: A Rachel Porter Mystery (Rachel Porter Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – August 31, 2004

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“I find myself looking forward to Speart’s newest book each year” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

About the Author

Jessica Speart writes about environmental and wildlife issues. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, OMNI, Travel & Leisure, Audubon, National Wildlife, Mother Jones, Delta#146;s Sky Magazine, and many other publications. Blue Twilight is her eighth Rachel Porter mystery. Jessica lives in Connecticut with her husband and their two dogs, Max and Tallulah.


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Product Details

  • Series: Rachel Porter Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; 1st Avon Paperback edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060559527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060559526
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,611,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I began as an investigative journalist with a focus on wildlife law enforcement, endangered species issues, and the environment. I created my sleuth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife agent Rachel Porter, after years of investigating wildlife and drug trafficking crimes for publications such as The New York Sunday Times Magazine, National Wildlife, Travel & Leisure, Mother Jones, Audubon, Wildllife Conservation, Animals, and E Magazine.

Then something strange happened. I discovered that truth really IS stranger than fiction. I learned about a 3 year undercover operation that resulted in the arrest of the world's most notorious butterfly smuggler. The story was so dark and twisted that I was fascinated by it. But I didn't stop there. I decided I had to meet the smuggler, himself. That's when my book, WINGED OBSESSION, took on a totally unexpected element.

Prior to writing, I worked as an actress on everything from off-Broadway to commercials, industrials, and soap operas.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Chow on October 10, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jessica Speart continues to entertain with the latest installment in her extremely enjoyable and informative Rachel Porter series, BLUE TWILIGHT. Having annoyed her superiors pretty much everywhere she's been stationed as a Fish and Wildlife Service agent, she's now in San Francisco investigating...butterfly poaching? However, when a biologist goes missing and her friend Terri's boyfriend's daughter also disappears Rachel begins to fear that there's a lot more than the obvious going on. And although her boyfriend Jake Santou is back after surviving a brutal plane crash, his addiction to painkillers and alcohol is tormenting both of them. Plus, Terri is having a difficult time finding work as a female impersonator - everyone wants Britney, not Madonna - and Rachel's landlady is determined to teach Rachel how to cook. Yikes. More missing women, a mysterious cult-like figure who is engineering the butterfly poaching, and a bunch of obsessive butterfly collectors round out Rachel's list of problems that will keep her running to the book's exciting conclusion.

Fans who have become disappointed with Nevada Barr should look to this wonderful series that continues to keep up the high level of quality Speart started with in the first Rachel Porter mystery, GATOR AIDE. Rachel is likeable for her humor, her determination, her love of wildlife, and her attitude that really annoys her bosses. The descriptions of San Francisco are also beautifully rendered as Rachel explores Chinatown and the city's wildlife. BLUE TWILIGHT concludes with one of the creepiest scenes written, and I can't encourage readers enough to follow this series. Don't miss it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kara J. Jorges VINE VOICE on October 13, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I guess every writer has to have a dud book, and this one is Speart's. I have enjoyed her Rachel Porter, US Fish and Wildlife agent series since its inception for its compelling mysteries and wry humor, but this one fell far short of my expectations. While everyone enjoys the back story of the continuing lives of the characters in a series, it is generally enjoyed as a backdrop, not the driving force of the book. Basically, this book didn't have much of a story, jumping from one idea to another, then sloppily knotting them all together at the end.

The story begins with Rachel coming to from a terrifying daydream in the middle of a self-defense class in her new home city of San Francisco. She moved there with FBI agent boyfriend, Jake Santou, and gay transvestite friend, Terri Tune. They're renting apartments from an old Chinese woman, Mae Rose Chang, who makes an attempt to teach Rachel to cook before simply disappearing from the story altogether. Rachel starts out chasing down a butterfly poacher and checking out his lair before moving on to investigate a complaint of a missing biologist in Mendocino, which is supposedly the only known habitat of the rare Lotis blue butterfly. Rachel senses there might be a connection between the missing biologist and the butterfly dealer she busted, so she makes a trip to Mendocino.

She puts all that on the back burner when another gay friend, Eric, shows up, in search of his runaway daughter, Lily. There's a bunch of stuff thrown in about San Francisco's underground vampire community that goes nowhere, and enough pro-alternative lifestyle remarks so as to be a blantant advertisement. There's no doubt about which direction the author's politics lean, which could be a turnoff for any reader who disagrees with them.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Huntress Reviews on September 8, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The rare Lotis Mission Blue butterfly, is every collectors' dream piece. Very few have the Lotis Blue. When the biologist originally sent to investigate an illegal butterfly trade goes missing, Rachel Porter is put on the case.

Rachel Porter is an agent for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. She believes the previous person was murdered. While looking into the disappearance, a little girl also goes missing and witnesses start dying. Rachel must quickly learn what makes this butterfly so valued and why collectors are so interested in such a delicate creature. More importantly, why would someone become a cold blooded killer to get one.

**** Definitely a good read! The last thirty pages kept "butterflies" in my stomach. Author Jessica Speart spins a tale that is guaranteed to keep her readers on the edge of their seats and up well into the night. ****

K. Blair
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By Brenz on December 15, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Blue Twilight: A Rachel Porter Mystery (Rachel Porter Mysteries)

I have read all the books in the Rachel Porter series and Blue Twilight is dark and beautiful. Speart's characters are full and robust. The action is paced well, and the information about butterfly collecting was an insightful romp through that world for the first time. Good Read.
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By Clare O'Beara on July 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book with a female agent from US Fish and Wildlife agency, is set in San Francisco with coastal fogs, Chinatown and a vampire nightclub for scenery. There's also a redwood forest, coast roads and marshy areas out of town.

The theme is rare butterflies, in particular a blue butterfly thought to be almost extinct. Avid collectors of rare butterflies are speeding this process along and they care nothing for protected nature areas or illegality of sales. Anyone who wants to collect and kill such beauty for the sake of owning it, has to be a bit creepy, and so it turns out as we learn more about these people. Why couldn't they stick to stamps?

Our agent Rachel Porter has a boyfriend injured on FBI work who has more than the usual number of flaws, and he wouldn't be my choice, is all I'm saying. She also has a best friend who's a gay man transvestite, for interest, and he feels at home in SF. Another friend has a teen daughter who has run away from home, he thinks to SF, and he's come to search for her. Rachel moves around with her work and has previously looked at larger creatures so everyone else in the story seems to know more about butterflies than she does. Never occurs to her to open a butterfly book, like the ones on my shelves. The end of the story is high-tension and worth the journey.

My concern is that Rachel never once uses a camera or other method of recording the hoards of evidence she uncovers, and while she claims to have taped someone's conversation she knows the gadget has no tape. What with having no backup or witness, police, agent or otherwise, she constantly places herself in danger, finally tells collectors who she is and then doesn't expect that they'll destroy or sell the evidence by the time she returns.
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