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Fish and Wildlife Agent Venus's mother is having trouble with her adopted son Timmy, and her fiance has just broken off their engagement. Venus hops to a village having an ecological preserve where blue poppies cultivated for fragrance. A security guard has discovered the body of a lepidopterist. Venus finds someone exploits the preserve for selfish ends who could have popped the butterfly collector for witnessing something he shouldn't have. It's up to Venus to find out which one did the deed.
[From the back cover:] He was acting like a jealous man. But the moment the thought entered her head, Tanya dismissed it as utterly impossible. A person had to have feelings in order to be jealous, and Prince Nikolai hadn't earned the name Ice King for nothing. He seemed devoid of all emotion--particularly love. What had happened to him, wondered Tanya, to turn his heart so cold that no woman had been able to thaw it? The answer to the question was shocking, and it turned Tanya's feelings into a confused mixture of pity ... and love.
Through Darkest America is a coming-of-age story set in a post-apocalyptic world where everyone seems to have an agenda and no one can be trusted. A 12-year-old boy named Howie lives with his family on a farm. He is forced to soon become a man and little by little he sees that everything he believed as a child was wrong.
Lilli Masters agrees to accompany Detective Zack Faraday to Florida as his "emergency girlfriend" to hunt down a gang of thieves and get Zack's sister off his back. But Zack is surprised when Lilli, against orders from the FBI, solves the case and saves his sister's life.