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Midnight in Ruby Bayou (St. Kilda Consulting) [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Lowell
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June 8, 2010 St. Kilda Consulting (Book 4)

“Romantic suspense is her true forte.”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

 

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell creates suspense and emotional intensity with her classic Midnight in Ruby Bayou, a riveting romantic thriller in her popular four-book series featuring the remarkable Donovan family. A recipient of the Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award, Lowell delivers a treasure of a story that seamlessly blends passion and peril as a beautiful artist and a dashing adventurer join forces on a hunt for a legendary fortune in gems. Midnight in Ruby Bayou is a treat for Linda Howard, Nora Roberts, and Jayne Ann Krentz fans.


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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A close-knit family in the jewelry business, a clan of Southern aristocrats descended from smugglers, the FBI and a Russian assassin clash in this juicy final episode in Lowell's Donovan series (Pearl Cove, etc.). When Seattle-based jewelry designer Faith Donovan is commissioned by Davis MontegeauAher best friend Mel's future father-in-lawAto design a necklace using 13 priceless rubies of uncertain origin, she becomes the target of an assassin trying to recover jewels stolen from the fabled Hermitage in Leningrad. To protect Faith, her brothers assign Owen Walker, dashing troubleshooter and gem expert, to accompany her and the necklace to a jewelry show in Savannah and then on to the wedding on Hilton Head Island. From the moment Faith and Walker start out, the fate of the rubies becomes entwined with their budding romance. As Faith and Walker learn when they come to stay at Ruby Bayou, the Montegeau family's crumbling old plantation on Hilton Head, the alcoholic Davis has mortgaged the place to keep a failed land deal afloat, and as a result he's now mixed up with a New Jersey crime family. Davis's sister, Tiga, hasn't been right in the head for years, ever since her father, who had forced her into incest, was blasted with a shotgun by parties unknown. That same night, the Blessing Chest, filled with all the family gems, disappeared, and only Tiga knows where it might be. Though constantly shifting points of view and a few gratuitous sex scenesAeven by genre standardsAdetract from the tale, Lowell wraps things up neatly as all parties converge on the Bayou, and Faith and Walker contrive to save the day. (July)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Jewelry designer Faith Donovan has created a peerless necklace containing $1 million in rubies. Her plan is to exhibit the necklace and turn it over to the owners. Unfortunately, the gems appear to have dubious ownership. Owen Walker, ruby expert, works for Faith's brother Archer, who is insuring the rubies in transit; he also makes an excellent bodyguard. Faith is torn between resentment and attraction; Walker is simply torn. He wants Faith but doesn't believe he's in the same class as the Donovans. When mysterious accidents begin dogging the designer, social classes take a backseat to staying alive. Laural Merlington is a good match for Lowell's often emotionally charged story. Although her male voices and Southern drawl could use work, she effectively manages to keep the characters distinct and the pace lively. This is the latest Donovan family sequel; public libraries should expect demand. Recommended. Jodi L. Israel, Jamaica Plain, MA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • Series: St. Kilda Consulting (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380789892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380789894
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
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I loved Faith's character she has been raised with four stronger older brothers, she knows when to fight and when to back off. She has chosen a guy who she thought could stand up to her brothers but sadly found out he was a jerk. She is rethinking her options when she is commissioned to design a beautiful necklace for a wedding present for her former college roommate. The only problem is that she can't have the rubies examined and finished in time for her trip to Savannah for a jewelry show.. Her oldest brother says he will insured them only if his employee check them out . Also there have been break-ins in the area of her shop, and a Russian man comes to her shop demanding she has a beautiful engraved ruby, when she shows what rubies of that description he leaves angry. That night her shop is broken into. This raises the hackles of her brother. He assigns his Friend Jake to guard her and accompany her to the exposition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Love Rubies........... December 31, 2014
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Elizabeth Lowell never disappoints. Midnight in Ruby Bayou is the next in the series and continues the amazing amount of research she does on every gem she writes about. If you don't love rubies before you read this book, you'll be in love with them when you finish. You'll never look at a ruby in the jewelry store in quite the same way. Since I'm from the south, I particularly enjoyed the setting Lowell used for this book.
In past reviews I haven't said anything about the characters created for this series. They are tough, rugged, different and believable. They bring just the right amount of intrigue and tension to say nothing of the steamy love scenes. If you're not an Elizabeth Lowell fan after reading one book, check your pulse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great September 6, 2016
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A very interesting story, very hard to put down, looking forward to reading the next book put out by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend the whole series starting with Amber Beach December 22, 2015
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Of all this series Midnight in Ruby Bayou is the last and probably the weakest but worth the read. I recommend the whole series starting with Amber Beach, Jade Island then Pearl Cove - if you read them in order you get to know the personalities better but each novel is a is stand alone books so read them when you can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Final Book in Donovan Family Series March 20, 2017
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Final book in the Donovan Family series. Thoroughly enjoyable!
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This book continues the Donovan series. I loved the Southern setting and the characters in the story. I was glad to see a story with Faith as a main character. She is a strong woman who is trying to get over the breakup with her fiancée. It is action packed and a great read. It was nice seeing the other members of the Donovan family in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Pleasure March 25, 2017
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Lowell again provides rich entertainment. Her complex characters challenge the reader. Fresh insights and description paint vivid scenes. You can smell the setting. It's always a treat to read Lowell books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Lowell Read August 1, 2001
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Midnight in Ruby Bayou continues the saga of the Donovan family, presented in Amber Beach (1997) and Jade Island (1998). Faith Donovan, jewelry designer, has created a necklace containing $1 million in rubies which, it turns out have dubious ownership. Her plan is to exhibit the necklace at a jewelry show in Savannah, Georgia, before turning it over to the owners, the Montegeau family, at the wedding of Jeff Montegeau, family son, and Faith�s pregnant pal, Mel. Owen Walker, ruby expert employed by Faith�s brother, Archer Donovan, is called upon to guard the necklace when Archer insures the rubies in transit. Mysterious accidents begin shadowing the designer as bloodthirsty Russian Mafia and local mobster thugs, attempt to steal the jewels. Walker, recovering from injures suffered in Afghanistan while seeking rubies for the Donovan family, becomes Faith�s capable bodyguard. Local FBI agents add their twists as they follow Walker and Faith.
The plot thickens at Ruby Bayou, ancestral home of the Montegeau family, when Lowell introduces Jeff's father, Davis, a descendant of pirates and owner of a missing Blessing Chest reported to hold a fortune in gems, Davis� sister Tiga, and the family hound Boomer. Montegeaus dark secrets of the past and present begin unfolding and deranged fantasy world of Aunt Tiga offers clues to why the bad guys are after Faith and the secret of the long-lost Blessing Chest. Even CIA agent April Joy from the other books reappears to add spice to the tale. Through clever banter and the unmistakable sexual tension spiral that Lowell is so well known for, the romantic attraction between Walker and Faith merges into trust and commitment as each overcomes their fear of loving someone again.
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Published 1 month ago by Bella
4.0 out of 5 stars Second time around.
This is the second time I have read this book, enjoyed it just as much as the first. Have enjoyed all of the Donovan books, would like to see her write a book about the twins.
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Published 4 months ago by SUSAN BERGMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite one of the series
I really love Walker. Great character. I like learning a bit about different gems in the series, too. Plus there's the bonus of I used to live near Seattle.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great as usual. Elizabeth Lowell Rocks. More book about the Donovans please.
Published 6 months ago by Cheryl J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love her stories & had read this when it first ...
Love her stories & had read this when it first came out but after 16 years it's good to revisit old friends
Published 7 months ago by Lynn Stringer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 10 months ago by Lucy Jernegan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Most of Elizabeth Lowells contermporary suspense/romance books are excellent entertainment reading. The 4 Donovan books are in thaqt category
Published 11 months ago by Isabelle K. Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight in Ruby Bayou
I have just re-read all four of the Donavan books and loved them all great stories great writing couldn't put them dawn
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