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Elusive (Book #1 in the On The Run Series) [NOOK Book]

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If you enjoy Elizabeth Peter’s Vicky Bliss series or Romancing the Stone, Elusive has the same mix of mystery, international travel, and light romance.

Zoe Hunter loves living on the edge. Free-spirited and spontaneous, she’s built a life stringing together various freelance gigs that keep her bank account barely in the black.

But when her ex, Jack, goes missing along with several million dollars from his ...

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Elusive (Book #1 in the On The Run Series)

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Overview

If you enjoy Elizabeth Peter’s Vicky Bliss series or Romancing the Stone, Elusive has the same mix of mystery, international travel, and light romance.

Zoe Hunter loves living on the edge. Free-spirited and spontaneous, she’s built a life stringing together various freelance gigs that keep her bank account barely in the black.

But when her ex, Jack, goes missing along with several million dollars from his business and the FBI zeros in on her as a person of interest, Zoe’s life goes from delightfully unpredictable to downright frightening.

Plunged into a world of fake identities, deception, and murder, she’s afraid to trust anyone. Zoe impulsively skips town in a search for answers that takes her from Las Vegas to Italy, but instead of tracking down answers, she only uncovers more questions.

Who was Jack? Is he dead or did he fake his disappearance? And, what was he mixed up in—art theft, the mafia, espionage, or all three?

SERIES NOTES: On the Run Series
Book #1: Elusive
Book #2: Secretive
Book #3: Deceptive (coming summer 2013)

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044535299
  • Publisher: Sara Rosett
  • Publication date: 8/31/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,460
  • File size: 273 KB

Meet the Author

Sara Rosett

A native Texan, Sara is the author of the Ellie Avery mystery series and the On The Run travel thrillers. As a military spouse Sara has moved around the country (frequently!) and traveled internationally, which inspired her latest travel thrillers. Publishers Weekly called Sara’s books, "satisfying," "well-executed," and "sparkling."

Her articles and essays have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Military Wife’s Soul, The Writer, Georgia Magazine, Mystery Scene Magazine, and RT BookReview. Moving is Murder, the fist title in the Ellie Avery series, was a Reader’s Choice Award Nominee in 2007 at the Salt Lake County Library Awards. Sara also received a Distinguished Honor Award from the Military Writer’s Society of America for Moving is Murder. A member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, Sara currently lives in Florida.

Sara loves all things bookish, considers dark chocolate a daily requirement, and is on a quest for the best bruschetta. Connect with Sara at www.SaraRosett.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Goodreads.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Fun

    Great escape book..filled with enough twists for a bag of pretzels.

    Looking forward to the rest of the series.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Highly recommend

    This is the second time I read this book and enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Love Zoe and her ex husband Jack. Kept me turning the pages trying to keep up with her. A good mystery, romance and humor. I highly recommend this & the next one in the series which I will be rereading next. JudyE

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    We are introduced to Zoe Hunter who will be taken on a fast-pace

    We are introduced to Zoe Hunter who will be taken on a fast-paced, cross-country journey of mystery and suspense and what an enjoyably thrilling ride Elusive was. The action began immediately and was non-stop all the way as the story moved forward with surprising twists in this adrenaline-rush drama. The author did a great job in keeping it fresh and entertaining and I can’t wait to read the next book in this terrific new series.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2013

    Starting out in Dallas, Zoe Hunter is already in a heap of troub

    Starting out in Dallas, Zoe Hunter is already in a heap of trouble when her exhusband absconds with company funds. But Zoe knows him better than that and here begins the adventure as she tries to find the man she once loved. From Las Vegas to Italy she travels learning more and more about how little she knew of the man. A fabulous tour of the world! I loved it.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Impressive

    I am dithering between a 4- and a 5-star rating for this book. It is not great literature, and it does have some defects, but I read the entire book in one day, and it is an entertaining page-turner.

    Zoe, a freelance copy editor, decides on a whim to hit the road when she learns that she is a person of interest in the disappearance of her ex-husband and the murder of his business partner. From then on, the action never stops, with many a twist and turn.

    About halfway through, I did notice some use of the wrong homonyms and incorrect apostrophes.

    One loose end in the plot has to do with who is shuffling enormous amounts of money between bank accounts.

    Although it is part of a series, this book comes to a satisfying conclusion.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2013

    This is a great who-is-he novel. Jack Andrews is the man Zoe Hun

    This is a great who-is-he novel. Jack Andrews is the man Zoe Hunter married but he goes missing with the company money and Zoe finds a passport with his picture but another name. It’s a world wind mystery tour as she looks for her ex husband and solves the mystery surrounding his crimes.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

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    Elusive by Sara Rosett is the first book in the "On the Run

    Elusive by Sara Rosett is the first book in the "On the Run" series. 




    Starting out in Dallas, Texas, we meet Zoe Hunter- a fiery, red-head (aren't they always) who spends most of her time trying to support herself. She does a lot of odd-jobs, such as dog walking, but her main sources of income come from books she copy-edits for an independent travel company and office spaces her aunt gave her as early inheritance. Her aunt promised they would be a great investment. She rents out two of the offices. 




    One of those offices is rented by her ex-husband and his company (GRA- Green Recyclable Services). It's a company he started and co-owns with Connor (a man with great disdain for any digital technology). They have a secretary named Sandra and that's it. Three employees. Jack handles all the computer work (because of Connor's aversion) except the accounts, which Connor handles. Together, the three of them manage to scrape by and the company's stocks seem to be increasing in value surprisingly quickly.




    Zoe and Jack may be ex-spouses, but they still share the house. Not because they want to, but because they can't afford to sell it or get their own places. So they have a very delicate set-up designed to give them their own spaces and keep them apart. Zoe has the entire downstairs, while Jack gets the upstairs. Jack uses the front door, Zoe uses the back. This ensures they never meet. Jack doesn't even use the kitchen, he has a hot plate and mini-fridge upstairs that is apparently all he requires. 




    Returning to his office after lunch one day, Jack finds something amiss. Sandra is out at the orthodontist and has been given the rest of the day off, but Connor should be there. He should be able to hear him from his own office. And someone has used his computer. As he stares at the screensaver and blinks the screen into life, he finds his bank account on the monitor. All of his company shares are sold, including ones he didn't own. There is now twelve million dollars in shares. Much more than they had. Opening his drawer he finds his gun, that he leaves at home, in the attic. 




    Later, Zoe gets a visit from the police. They found Jack's car at the side of a bridge. Someone reported seeing a man getting swept away down the river. The story goes that Jack tried to seek cover under the bridge from the tornado that passed by earlier in the day. He must have slipped on the bank and fallen into the fast-moving water below. The police aren't hopeful.




    Zoe is in a daze. She doesn't know how to feel. Going to his office to let Sandra and Connor know that Jack's missing, she instead finds it empty. There's an odd smell coming from the office and she follows it to Connor's door. Inside she finds Connor, a bullet hole through his forehead.




    Now the FBI are involved. What started out as a search for a missing man has turned into a hunt for a fugitive. But Zoe can't believe that. Jack is not the type to cook the books then kill a man for the money and go AWOL. But now the FBI are very interested in her. She's the closest person to Jack. The only family he has is a cousin in Vegas. Zoe is his next of kin, which of course puts her in prime suspect position. 




    Realising that situation is quickly going from back to worse, Zoe thinks it's best to contact his cousin, Eddie. She goes upstairs to find his computer and locate Eddie's details. But calling the number, she finds two shocks in store. One, Eddie is a woman and two, she claims she doesn't know Jack then hangs up. Trying to call back she gets put through to voicemail. Irritated she accidentally knocks over his lamp and finds rolls of money hidden inside the base. Determined to find out more, she thoroughly checks the house and comes up with more money and two passports, one for a woman named Irena and the second for a Brian Kenneth McGee- who's photo is that of her ex-husband's. 




    Confused and afraid that the police will use this against her, she tries to make a decision. But when she finds the police coming back with a warrant, she chooses to run. Grabbing a few essentials, she decides on Vegas. If Eddie won't take her calls, she'll just have to go to her in person. Right now, she's the only lead Zoe's got. 




    With one partner dead and the other missing under suspicious circumstances - along with millions of dollars-the question of fraud and murder are only shadowed by one question- Where is Jack Andrews? Or for Zoe- Who is Jack Andrews? Discovering the answer will take her on a roller-coaster journey through Dallas, Vegas, Rome, Naples and Venice. Well, she's always wanted to see Italy.




    The characters were typical of this genre. You have the bad guys, the good guys and the normals. Within the groups, you have the 'good guy who's not used to bad', the 'bad guy pretending to be good', the 'really bad guy', 'the betrayer', all the usual suspect that make this genre so formulaically enjoyable to read. I would put this story between cozy mystery and thriller. There are darker elements, but for the most part I would say it's more of a light-hearted read. 




    The ending was strong. It resolves on, literally, the last line and is most definitely an incentive to check out the next book. I was enthralled by the story. Those who are familiar with me will know I can't resist a good mystery- whether it be cozy or dark. I will be checking out the next part of the story and thoroughly recommend this book for anyone who likes a good whodunit, with a little humour and romance thrown in.




    Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. This is not a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% my own.

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    This is a great read!

    I truley liked this book and am deffinatly going to read the next in the series! It really is an interesting read and you just don't want to put it down. As I read I would tell myself that I would go to bed at the end of a chapter, but just kept going until it was very late at night. It holds your interest the whole way thru! Truly an excellent read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Quick read

    Great book with lots of mystery and action and with out the sex and foul language!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    GREAT BOOK!

    I really enjoyed it and I am looking forward to the next one in the series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2014

    Started out really great and then right at the half way point, e

    Started out really great and then right at the half way point, every thing took a twist and became unbelievable. I actually became really impatient with it then there is no "ending". I don't recommend this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    Recommend

    Good story line, fast moving,good twists. Only criticism is some evidence found for use not plausable. Am only generalizing so as not to take away from the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2014

    good book

    good book

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  • Posted October 24, 2014

    Good Book

    good reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2014

    Interesting book

    Like the story and the way it was written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2014

    Recommended.

    I've been sucked in to this series and will definitely be reading the rest of them. I like the characters and the plotting was good enough I couldn't see everything coming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2014

    Ms

    Really enjoyed this book. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2014

    I like a good mystery and this was good.  Like the humor thrown

    I like a good mystery and this was good.  Like the humor thrown in as well.  

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  • Posted October 3, 2014

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    This was quite an enjoyable read! Frankly, it far exceeded my e

    This was quite an enjoyable read! Frankly, it far exceeded my expectations because apparently I have not yet learned about judging books by their covers. This book was filled with intrigue and surprising plot twists, the characters were well developed and I just could not put it down! Really looking forward to the next two books in the series, which doesn't happen that often. Kudos! (Except for the cover .... it really does a disservice to the caliber of writing in this book IMHO. But don't be like me. Read the book - it's terrific!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2014

    Good read Good read.

    Enjoyed Zoe character and so loved story line. It is a believeable plot.

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