"Sensual suspense tale"
She led a duel life as the power behind a London auction
house while separating the undeserving rich from their
fabulous jewels. Kick Keswick was a media icon for her
daring thefts, always leaving a bouquet of shamrocks tied
by a ribbon behind. Never caught, she retired to Province
where she married Scotland Yard's Thomas Curtis, an art
thief known as the Samaritan Burglar. They were very
happy in their new life until the day Thomas disappears
with Kick's jewels.
A heartbroken Kick becomes very angry when she reads about
a jewel thief that is using her name and leaving a bunch
of shamrocks behind after each heist. Afraid that if the
thief continues she will be caught for past crimes, Kick
decides to find the imposter, recover the jewelry and
return it to its owners. In Portafuro, at a private
charity event, the Millennium Star will be worn by a
Hollywood actress. No true jewel thief can resist such an
offering; Kick finagles an invitation to stay at the villa
where she puts a plan in motion that will allow her if she
is lucky to steal the Star and the rest of the jewels the
Kick is her adorable, felonious self, a mature, wealthy
vulnerable woman who has come out of retirement to catch a
thief. This upbeat comic crime caper is fast paced,
extremely creative and filled with quirky characters that
add much spice to this sensual suspense tale. Ironically,
Thomas is the person in charge of catching the thief and
the meeting at the Villa between the estranged husband and
wife is a memorable scene.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 6, 2004
Diamonds, champagne, chocolate, rubies - sometimes the little things are worth any price...
Kick Keswick has lived an extraordinary life. For twenty-five years she was the power behind the throne at a venerable London auction house and a master jewel thief. (Stealing only from those who deserved it, of course.) That changed when she fell in love with Commander Thomas Curtis of Scotland Yard and retired to Provence to live respectably, cushioned in beautiful food and wine. But now, someone is stealing irreplaceable jewels from Paris to Portofino--and using Kick's signature techniques. To make matters worse, Thomas has disappeared with her secret cache of precious stones. It looks like someone is trying to lure Kick out of retirement, and perhaps Thomas is involved. With Marne Davis Kellogg's trademark descriptions of fabulous places, wonderful food, and the ultimate in luxurious living, Priceless is a delicious summer treat.