Death Legacy

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This fast-paced romantic suspense mystery/thriller features Michelle Hallam who heads a unique consulting firm she inherited from her deceased uncle, a former intelligence agent. Called to the French Riviera for business under mysterious circumstances, Michelle meets Dr. Daniel Reiner, a handsome young psychiatrist. They have a strong physical attraction but Michelle remains wary of being involved with him. Daniel's friendly, warm personality and urban wit stands in contrast to Michelle's outward facade of cool ...

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Overview

This fast-paced romantic suspense mystery/thriller features Michelle Hallam who heads a unique consulting firm she inherited from her deceased uncle, a former intelligence agent. Called to the French Riviera for business under mysterious circumstances, Michelle meets Dr. Daniel Reiner, a handsome young psychiatrist. They have a strong physical attraction but Michelle remains wary of being involved with him. Daniel's friendly, warm personality and urban wit stands in contrast to Michelle's outward facade of cool cynicism. In New York, Michelle reconnects with Dr. Reiner when she sends him a referral, her client, Nora Parker, who has asked Michelle to look into the suspicious disappearance and possible death of her husband. The complex case involves both Michelle and Daniel in espionage, international intrigue, and murder, placing their lives in jeopardy. The novel combines elements of suspense, mystery, and romance.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this entertaining novel of romantic suspense from Seewald (Tea Leaves and Tarot Cards), international PI Michelle Hallam looks into the mysterious death of CIA agent James Parker, the estranged husband of her New York City cousin, Nora Parker. After referring the depressed Nora to Dr. Daniel Reiner, Michelle finds that the handsome, charming psychiatrist is too love-struck to leave her alone. Daniel decides to help Michelle with her case, but quickly realizes that both of them are in danger, whether from the limo that tries to sideswipe them, the silencer gun shots that interrupt their walk through Greenwich Village, or the mysterious caller who phones to warn them to "stop asking questions." After the NSA comes calling, the two realize that James may not have been the loyal CIA functionary he appeared to be. This thriller keeps moving from its very first pages, while the palpable sexual tension between new cohorts Daniel and Michelle fortifies the story's intrigue with romance. (Mar.)
Booklist
When British security expert Michelle Hallam goes to the south of France to meet a mysterious client, no one shows up. However, a handsome psychiatrist, Daniel Reiner, gets a little too flirty, and Michelle's jab to his solar plexus does enough damage to send him to his room. She goes with him, and their chemistry is immediately apparent. But when she leaves, Daniel still doesn't know her name. Back in the U.S., Daniel dreams of Michelle, although he's given up hope of ever seeing her again. Then she refers a patient to him, a woman with a bizarre story about her maybe dead husband, a CIA agent. Together, Daniel and Michelle try to solve the mystery of the possibly deceased spouse, putting their own lives in extreme danger along the way. Seewald (The Drowning Pool, 2009; The Truth Sleuth, 2011) has written a tale of international intrigue sure to please fans of thrillers and romantic suspense.
Shelley Mosley
Kirkus Reviews
A consultant and a psychiatrist are involved in a matter of life or death. Michelle Hallam, who has dual U.S. and U.K. citizenship, runs the consulting agency she inherited from her uncle, a former British spy, from both New York and Washington, D.C. After a meeting on the Riviera with Dr. Daniel Reiner sparks instant sexual attraction, the two meet again in New York when Michelle refers her client Nora Parker to him. Nora is suffering from depression after the mysterious disappearance of her husband James Parker, reportedly a suicide. The CIA, claiming that he was merely a clerk who ran off with another woman, refuses to give Michelle any information. Although Michelle pretends to be hard and cold to avoid any attachments, Daniel, warm and caring, refuses to give up. He becomes involved with both Mrs. Parker's treatment and Michelle's hunt for the truth. Parker's friend, a professor who works for the CIA and the NSA, tells Michelle that James was an important spy. Michelle's interest in the case provokes dangerous counter-interests. Not only is she harassed by both agencies, but she and Daniel are targeted for death by a dangerous Eastern European assassin. Michelle refuses to quit even when one of her assistants is killed. She and Daniel find themselves in a number of hair-raising situations before they can discover the truth. Veteran Seewald, who's written a number of mysteries and thrillers (The Truth Sleuth, 2011, etc.), this time offers plenty of sex and not much else.
Booklist
Together, Daniel and Michelle try to solve the mystery of the possibly deceased spouse, putting their own lives in extreme danger along the way. Seewald (The Drowning Pool, 2009; The Truth Sleuth, 2011) has written a tale of international intrigue sure to please fans of thrillers and romantic suspense. —Shelley Mosley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432825737
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/11/2012
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,503,818
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted December 2, 2012

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    Englishwoman Michelle Hallman owns a mysterious consulting firm

    Englishwoman Michelle Hallman owns a mysterious consulting firm which she inherited from her uncle, a former British intelligence agent. Michelle has no close friends or relatives and prefers not to be in a relationship due to her work which can be dangerous. When she's called to the French Riviera on business, she meets psychiatrist Daniel Reiner and is immediately attracted to him but a bit wary of the attention he shows her. Back in the States, Michelle is hired by a woman to investigate the circumstances behind the sudden disappearance and alleged death of her husband, a CIA agent. Michelle refers this woman to Daniel when she realizes she is suffering from depression and Daniel is instantly back in Michelle's life, tagging along and insisting on chasing clues with her. Michelle's investigation leads them to the CIA, National Security Agency and KGB, where they learn nothing is as it seems and danger lurks around every corner.

    Seewald pens a tight plot filled with intrigue, mystery, suspense and romance. The chemistry between Michelle and Daniel is nicely delivered and the banter between them engaging. The mystery is one readers will be challenged to solve and the fast-paced plot will keep them vested in the story.

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  • Posted June 23, 2012

    I am old enough to remember the transition from radio to TV back

    I am old enough to remember the transition from radio to TV back in the 1950s. Like a radio script, "Death Legacy" leaves much more to the reader's imagination. Rather than get into every detail of the love-making or the confrontations between the good guys and the bad guys, Jacqueline Seewalkd lets the reader imagine some of the action. This is a risky writing strategy, but like the oldtime radio script writers, she manages to pull it off.
    While short on cheap thrills, the plot is full of surprising twists and turns, and it really DOES keep readers on the edge of their seats. The sexuai tension between "the boy and the girl" is somehow maintained from start to finish. If you like romantic thrillers, then you'll REALLY like "Death Legacy."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Death Legacy by Jacqueline Seewald is an exceptionally well-writ

    Death Legacy by Jacqueline Seewald is an exceptionally well-written novel reminiscent of Nora Roberts’ at her very best authoring of romantic suspense mystery novels. The banter between Michelle Hallam, a mysterious English woman, and Daniel Reiner, a Brooklyn-born psychiatrist, is clever and enjoyable. The mystery develops into a genuine espionage suspense thriller. The characters are engaging and original. It’s a novel you don’t want to put down and will want never to end. I hope to read more books from this relatively unknown but fine author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    I couldn’t put it down! Death Legacy is a fast-paced thri

    I couldn’t put it down!

    Death Legacy is a fast-paced thriller that keeps the reader guessing until the very end. I don’t normally read thrillers, but I have enjoyed Jacqueline Seewald’s Kim Reynolds mysteries so much that I wanted to read her new thriller. Now I can’t wait for the next book featuring Michelle Hallam. Michelle is definitely a 21st century heroine. She is smart, tough, sophisticated, and full of surprises. She has clearly met her match in Daniel Reiner.

    Death Legacy offers the reader a thrill ride that is equal parts romance, international intrigue, and psychological puzzle. The writing is so vivid that the reader is thrust into the middle of all the action and doesn’t get to catch a breath until the final page.

    Jacqueline Seewald’s writing style has all the elegance, charm, and surprising toughness of her main character, Michelle Hallam. This book is a must read for anyone who enjoys a smart and sophisticated thriller full of non-stop action. You won’t be able to put it down.

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

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    Seewald’s Death Legacy romps deliciously through the world

    Seewald’s Death Legacy romps deliciously through the world of double agents, international secrets, and a hot love affair.

    Jacqueline Seewald has penned a sexy read with strong characters caught up in the world of international intrigue. Classy P.I. Michelle Hallam has it all – great looks, great intuition, and extensive weapons training. When her investigations company takes on the job of finding out what happened to a dead CIA agent who allegedly committed suicide, trouble rears its nasty head. Kidnappings and murders are chump change for the bad guys, but despite the danger, Michelle and psychiatrist Dainel Reiner team up to learn the truth. From the Mediterranean seaside to New York and Washington D.C., this book will have you turning the pages to learn what happens next.

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