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  • Posted May 19, 2009

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    Exciting mystery

    Private Investigator, Lisa Martin, thought it was just another missing persons case. Don Sekoli merely wanted to find his drinking buddy, Ryan Lucas, a man who had unexpectedly disappeared. It sounded like a simple, open and shut case. It was not.

    The individual called Ryan Lucas was a man of many names and numerous lives spanning the globe. He and his assistant apparently had a thriving business dealing in Egyptian antiquities, beautiful statues and works of art from one of the cradles of civilization. Unfortunately, Mr. Lucas was also involved with some pretty shady characters and Interpol and Scotland Yard were involved, as well. Lisa started receiving threats to terminate the case and an impromptu visit to her office by a gun-wielding thug really shook her up.

    Highlights of this odd investigation were working with her great partner, Guy, and her unexpected attraction to Don Sekoli, the man who'd hired her in the first place. Although Lisa knew she shouldn't cross the professional line and get involved with her "boss," her heart wouldn't listen. Lisa's growing affection for Sekoli is beautifully cast against her determination to solve a complex case in which multiple lives hung in the balance.

    Could something have been smuggled inside the statues themselves? If so, what was it? Despite Lisa's attraction to Don Sekoli, she sensed that he knew a little more about the case than he'd told her - that is, until Sekoli disappeared, too!

    Betty Gordon has written a great mystery, filled with tantalizing clues, romance and international intrigue.

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

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    Reviewed for Midwest Book Review

    Private Investigator Lisa Martin, weary of tracking philandering spouses in acrimonious divorce cases, is intrigued when businessman Don Sekoli hires her to find his missing drinking buddy, importer/exporter Ryan Lucas. The only information Sekoli can give her is a cell phone number and the name of Lucas's girlfriend. Aided by her partner Guy Roberts and her quasi boyfriend, news journalist Tony Miller, Lisa's investigation leads the team to Cairo and on to London, straight into a case being conducted by Scotland Yard. While Tony's busy trying to garner information from Scotland Yard, Lisa finds herself falling for her client. As the investigation unfolds, Lisa is threatened and her offices ransacked while Tony's being tailed in London. Then Sekoli disappears.

    Lisa Martin is a refreshing character; a young woman with a strong personality who has confidence in her abilities to defend herself and others. Her pairing with her partner is ideal and her uncertainty regarding her feelings for her boyfriend realistic and identifiable. This international thriller delivers plenty of suspense wrapped around a mystery readers will be hard-put to solve on their own but will enjoy trying to figure out. Gordon's skill at flavoring the read with international history and geographical detail is a bonus, as is the spicy chemistry between Lisa and Sekoli, which combine to deliver an exciting, thrilling read.

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