"Entertaining FBI romance"
In Glendale, Arizona, gem cutter Kate Chandler is ecstatic
because collector Arthur McCloud hired her to cut the
Seven Sins sapphires. Her brother Lee Mandel delivers the
gems to its owner, but in Florida he vanishes. Kate is
frantic, but the police believe that Lee absconded with
the goods and a girlfriend to the Caribbean. Kate
disagrees if for no other reason than her sibling was in
love with Norm Gallagher and would never desert his mate.
Five months later, Kate continues to search for her
brother while attending gem shows to see if she can find
the Seven Sins. Undercover FBI Agent Sam Groves sees Kate
pull a switch at a Phoenix shows and takes her with him.
As they become acquainted and he realizes how much she
detests the bureau for not looking for Lee, they fall in
love and begin teaming up to stop an illegal dangerous gem
ring that is as smooth as Teflon and seek what happened to
This is an entertaining FBI romance that grips readers
when Sam watches Kate perform a sexy sleight of the hand.
The story line keeps the audience attention as the duo
fall in love, but officialdom keeps them together
by "punishing" Sam. Though the perpetrator seems too
coincidental and out of left field, fans will enjoy this
delightful tale in which the hero faces exile to Fargo
rather than accolades (excrement rolls downhill while
acclaim remains in the stratosphere).
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 3, 2004
It is the opportunity of a lifetime for Kate Chandler, the
chance to cut seven rare and priceless sapphires and
solidify her reputation as a world class jewel cutter. But
something goes horribly, tragically wrong during what
should be a simple transfer of goods. The sapphires vanish
without a trace. Missing also is the man she trusted to
transport the gems: her brother Lee, who now, quite
possibly, is dead. And suddenly Kate is on the run,
pursued by federal agents who suspect her of being the
criminal mastermind of a cunning bait-and-switch.
Special agent Sam Groves is one of the best of the best,
an essential member of the FBI's elite crime strike force
and the perfect man to lead the hunt, since he could never
be scammed by a beautiful confidence woman. But there is
something troubling about this assignment, because someone
else is chasing Kate Chandler as well.
Only Kate suspects the awful truth: that she's unwittingly
stumbled into a conspiracy of deceit, betrayal, and cold-
blooded murder that goes far beyond a simple jewel heist.
And a chilling, threatening voice on the telephone only
confirms her worst suspicions. Getting Sam Groves, the FBI
agent who's her constant shadow, to believe her is a step
in the right directionbut it may be one that's too
little and too late in a bloody game where terror
dictates her every move and the rules are constantly
changing. Because the order has already been passed down
to a ruthlessly efficient assassin that Kate Chandler must
not be allowed to live...