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Laguna, California, is known for its safe streets, luxurious homes, and sprawling beachfronts. It's also the place where pretty real estate agent Laurie Martin just disappeared. Cops, suspecting the worst, are hunting for her body, and they've tagged her last client, a respectable family man, as the prime suspect. Bored with the law, attorney Maria Cwitowitz wants to become a private eye, teamed up with Al Giraud-ex-cop, ex- smoker, and sexy boyfriend. She has stars in her eyes, big dreams, and a belief that the man accused is innocent. Streetwise, cynical Giraud isn't so sure. But soon Maria and Al stumble on evidence that changes everything they once believed about this case. For as they close in on the elusive killer, they come face-to-face with a chilling truth-one that could break this case wide open ... or cost them both their lives...
The three met in the aftermath of San Francisco's devastating 1906 earthquake--the Mandarin Lai Tsin, a runaway American heiress, and a young Englishwoman. Against all odds they made their dreams come true, building one of the world's largest trading companies and most luxurious hotels. . . They had only each other--and bloody secrets to bury even as they rose to dizzying heights, wary of love yet vulnerable to passion in its most dangerous forms. . . The Mandarin would pass his multi-billion-dollar empire only to the women in the Lai Tsin dynasty--along with one last devastating truth. . . . Sweeping from the turn of the century through the 1960's, from the Orient to San Francisco and New York, Elizabeth Adler has written a magnificent novel of new wealth and old privilege, family passions and secret shame, of women surviving, triumphant, in the riveting saga of romantic intrigue.
Elizabeth Adler skillfully blends taut suspense with breathtaking romance in the tale of a man whose long-kept secrets slowly unravel to rock a woman's world. As millionaire Ed Vincent climbs out of his small Cessna, someone stops him with a bullet. Lying comatose in the hospital, he can hear the doctors talking but he can't reply. He knows who is behind the attempted assassination. But there's no way to tell anyone -- or warn the woman he calls Zelda. Zelda's real name is Melba Eloise Merrydew -- Mel. Mel and Ed haven't known each other long, just long enough to become lovers, and she never doubts he is everything he says he is. Yet she is about to find out how wrong she is. And New York homicide detective Marco Camelia, a family man mesmerized by Mel's southern charm, intends to be right there when she finds out. Not just to solve the case, but hoping she'll wind up in his arms. Mel is about to come face-to-face with a chilling truth: about a hidden past, a bitter enemy, and her own vulnerability. With shocking plot twists and complex characterizations, this gripping novel will hold readers in thrall -- and Adler keeps the surprises coming, right to the final heartbeat.
The Haven Women--born into Hollywood sin and scandal, they inherited their mother's passion. . . Venetian, Paris, India-three beautiful women, each named for the city or country in which she'd been conceived, each driven by passionate needs for success and love. Raised apart, their past bound by one extraordinary woman-the legendary Jenny Haven. She gave them life. She gave them everything they needed to "make it. " then-suddenly, mysteriously-she was gone, leaving them only a tangled web o...
She was the incomparable Lily Molyneux, whose jet hair and sapphire eyes drove men to madness and revenge. Rich, reckless titles, her secrets would scar generations to come . . . . They could never have enough money or power to capture her elusive heart: three men who amassed fame and fortune in pursuit of the one woman they couldn't deny. And a fourth who dies for her sins . . . . Elizabeth Adler's enthralling novel of passion, privilege, and retribution sweeps from the castles of nineteenth-century Ireland to Boston bustling Back Bay, from Beacon Hill's mansions to Wall Street's towering heights: three generations haunted by buried passions that refuse to rest in peace . . . . From the Paperback edition.
With only her exotic beauty, seductive innocence, pride, and fiery spirit, Leonie came from the provinces to find her future in Paris. From the shame of music halls, she rose to international fame singing songs of love and longing, straight from the heart. From Paris to the Cote d'Azur, from New York to Brazil, from Cuba to Cairo, she moved in a dazzling world of money, passion, and power--a world darkened only by the relentlessly hunger of one man's obsession--a man determined to possess her . . . a man who could never lover her, never let her go . . . .
Meet me in Venice Four words would change her life. Precious Rafferty is an American antique dealer in Paris. Though Precious- known as Preshy - lives in the world's most romantic city, she keeps her feet firmly on the ground. No man will ever sweep her off her feet. Until she meets Bennett James. He's perfect in every way. Is he too good to be true? Granted, she doesn't know much about his business or personal life in Shanghai, but isn't it time to stop being so jaded about romance? And then her long lost cousin Lily Song sends her an urgent message about Preshy's new love. "Meet me in Venice" are Lily's cryptic words. One man might possibly end it. Lily lives in shanghai and knows the antique's underworld there- and she has a secret important enough to draw her to Venice to meet Preshy for the first time face to face. Ruggedly handsome, world weary writer Sam Knight senses there's a story afoot. Precious senses he's getting closer and closer to her and enmeshed in this tangled webb of danger and desire. But is Sam also not all he seems to be? Does he have a terrible secret he's keeping from Preshy? In Venice, Precious will have to weave through a maze of betrayers and seducers to discover who she can trust with her art......and with her life. Page turning, lushly descriptive, and intelligen, MEET ME IN VENICE is a cat and mouse game with plenty of twist and wonderful characters you'll never forget
She can keep the doors locked. The lights on. Her fingers crossed. But she can't stop the memories of a terrifying crime. Or keep it from happening again. The murderer took his time choosing his pretty victims. Then he took his time killing them. What was left when he finished made even veteran Boston cop Harry Jordan feel sick. But this time the killer made a mistake. His victim was found alive. Armed with a police sketch of the man, Harry wanted national publicity, the kind he could get from Mallory Malone, the "TV detective. " Her top-rated show reenacted heinous crimes and often jogged witnesses' memories enough to shake loose the clue that could break the case. But not this time. This case was different for self-made career woman Mallory Malone. This cop was different. The case scared her; the cop was falling in love with her. Her instincts told her to run. But the killer already knew her name. Her address. And a secret that could destroy them both. Elizabeth Adler was born in Yorkshire, England. She is married to an American lawyer and has one daughter. They have lived in Brazil, England, France, and Ireland and currently live in California. She is the internationally acclaimed author ofLéonie, Peach, The Rich Shall Inherit, The Property of a Lady, Fortune Is a Woman,andThe Secret of the Villa Mimosa. From the Paperback edition.
Peach de Courmont -- Wild child, teenage temptress, exquisite woman. The adored granddaughter of Leonie and heiress to the de Courmont dynasty, she grew up in luxury, used to having life -- and love -- on her own terms.Noel Maddox -- Raised in an Iowa orphanage, used to the mean streets of Detroit, he fought his way from the assembly line the pinnacle of power. Peach --and the automobile empire she commanded -- were part of the dream he meant to have... at any price.From wartime Paris to the dazzling Cote d'Azue... from the frenetic boardrooms of Detroit and the palatial homes of Grosse Pointe to the stately English countryside, their indomitable wills collide in a saga of consuming passion and raw power played out against the backdrop of a rich and reckless world.From the Paperback edition.
The magnificent Ivanoff emerald: It surfaced at Christie's at Geneva, "The Property of a Lady"--a lady now sought by powerful men intent on seizing a legacy that could tilt the world balance of power . . . The terrifying Ivanoff secret: She lived like a pauper with a royal ransom in gems, determined to carry her secret to the grave . . . until an act of love and a public auction brought the world--and the curse--to her door . . . The last of the Ivanoffs--pawns in a deadly game: The royal gems are merely the lure to the hidden billions for which nations are willing to kill. The last of the Ivanoffs should have died in 1917. Now, two generations later, they are the prize--and the prey . . . From war-torn Russia to New York's teeming Lower East Side . . . from Ziegfeld's Broadway and the Hollywood of the moguls to contemporary Washington, Geneva, and Berlin, Elizabeth's Adler's novel of passion, power, and royal privilege will command your attention to the very last page. From the Paperback edition.
Millions of dollars will belong to the person who can prove he or she is a descendant of the mystery woman called Poppy Mallory. Millions of lies have been told along California's Gold Coast, in Paris's demimonde, and Italy's dangerous underworld, to hide the identity of her daughter . . . or son. Millions of hopes grip the hearts of five desperate people, each of whom claim to be Poppy's heir and are willing to commit shocking acts of passion--or even murder--to prove it. Millions of dreams buried in the past with Poppy's secrets are now about to be exposed if one determines investigative reporter can uncover the scandalous sin behind it all . . .
Bob Hardwick, a Yorkshire tycoon, is dead. Was he murdered? Daisy and Montana must find out. Hardwick leaves a list of suspects who might have wished him dead, instructions for a cruise, at the end of which his will is to be read, and the six are to be confronted with their pasts. Daisy and Montana, both wounded by their own pasts, find themselves drawn together in this suspenseful romance.
A beautiful Jane Doe with no memory of who she is or how she got to the bottom of a treacherous ravine; and a psychiatrist who joins her on her search for her identity. Dr. Phyl Forster was intrigued by the lovely woman who had been recovered from a San Francisco hillside and taken to the hospital where Forster was a resident psychiatrist. When Jane Doe regained consciousness, Dr. Phyl was at her side. It was then she realized that the patient had lost all memory of who she was or why she was in a hospital. Was it an accident, or was she, as Detective Franco Mahoney was beginning to suspect, the victim of attempted murder? In an attempt to reconstruct her past, patient and doctor travel back in time across continents to Hawaii, Paris, and the South of France. It is a long and circuitous journey - one that leads to mortal danger and thrilling romance.
She saw him in the shadows. She felt him watching her. She knew he was going to get her. . . The killer always left a signature on his victims. . . an X carved in their flesh. But he'd spent the last twenty years in a mental hospital. Long enough for the world to forget him. But not long enough for him to forget the rich old woman who had him committed--or her pretty granddaughter. Now he's been set free. Ellie Duveen was busy running her own restaurant and tenderly watching over her fragile grandmother. Then she met former cop Dan Cassidy, the owner of a local vineyard, and Ellie's hectic life slowed just enough to let her fall in love. So Ellie didn't notice when police found a dead body marked with a grisly X. She only felt someone watching her. Following her. And as a terrifying secret came back from the past to haunt her, Ellie needed an ex-cop's instincts and more. She needed her own unshakable courage to outsmart a killer's deadly, twisted plan.
Gemma Jericho is an overworked New York doctor with a handful of a teenaged daughter and a mother who worries that Gemma has no social life. So when her mother receives a letter about a villa she's inherited, Gemma sees her chance. The three of them go to Italy.
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