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Coyote in Provence (The Coyote Series) (Volume 2) Paperback – October 8, 2013
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Dianne Harman draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years. She left that industry and opened two yoga centers where she taught yoga and certified yoga instructors. Dianne has traveled extensively throughout the world, most recently dividing her time between Huntington Beach, California, and Sacramento, California, where her husband was a Senator. An avid reader, Dianne brings the richness of her life experiences to her novels.
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Case in point: COYOTE IN PROVENCE, Ms. Harman’s sequel to “Blue Coyote Motel”. Peppered with enticing descriptions of the south of France, with its idyllic wine vineyards, narrow, winding, cobble-stoned streets, it’s oh-so-charmant shops, restaurants and, in this case, petite art galleries, one feels as if one were on a marvelous vacation, where mouth-watering French cuisine is a way of life.
But that’s not all. Very quickly, an art theft mystery evolves, where the ‘bad’ guys in reality turn out to be not so bad after all; where goodwill intentions have motivated their actions, and saving little Afghanistan girls is tantamount to all decent instincts. Powerful descriptions of Afghanistan life and its culture are extremely moving, and further propel the reader onward to make sure everything will turn out for the best.
And romance? You bet! Elena, one of the main characters from the first book in this series, gets involved with Jordan, the detective assigned to finding the stolen paintings. Their match is very engaging, and together they go on a journey of not only love but also the discovery of what is truly important in life. Although I also suggest reading the first in this series, this book can definitely stand on its own. Highly recommended!
In the sequel to Blue Coyote Motel, gorgeous Maria Brooks has changed her name to cover her stormy past. Now Elena Johnson, she is trying to blend into small Provence village life in the French countryside.
Local village gossips are in a frenzy of speculation. They find rich American widow Elena irresistible fodder for their tittle-tattle. The more Elena tries to keep her distance, the more determined the gossips are to unearth her secrets. When Elena takes a job she doesn't need in the tiny bakery, the gossips circle her like sharks around a wounded dolphin.
Handsome detective Jordan Kramer is on the trail of an international art thief. Until he met the mysterious Elena, Jordan believed a wife and children would be obstacles in the path of his traveling and his plan to visit all French restaurants. Food, art, and wine had become his life, until he met the delicious Elena.
Dianne Harman's excellent book Coyote in Provence, second in the Coyote Series, continues the adventures of Maria, now Elena. The beautifully written romantic suspense also incorporates art thievery and mysterious Afghan girls. With believable characters and lively dialogue, Ms. Harman engages the reader's interest.
The book reminded me of the legendary Rex Stout. Mr. Stout included gourmet food in his Nero Wolfe mysterious. He even published a Nero Wolfe cookbook. The talented Ms. Harman has created a story to appeal to the romance, mystery, and food epicures.
I also met a new cast of characters; at first, I thought there must have been a mistake since there was a total switch of storyline. However, not too much time had passed when I realized the new cast of characters were integral to the story.
Coyote in Provence kept me turning pages, losing far too much sleep. I just had to see what happened at the end. Of course, the next day, I started reading the third book of the series, Cornered Coyote.
You will appreciate the mouth watering gourmet food dishes discussed through out the story
I would recommend this story to any reader who likes a good story line as Dianne Harman has produced a good read here.
I haven't read the first part of this series but I intend to do that soon it is Blue Coyote Motel, possible would have been beneficial to have read it first.