Hidden Riches

Hidden Riches

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by Nora Roberts
     
 

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In this "suspenseful romance" (Kirkus Reviews), Nora Roberts unveils the intriguing world of antiques dealing-where an independent woman discovers the schemes of a ruthless killer.

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In this "suspenseful romance" (Kirkus Reviews), Nora Roberts unveils the intriguing world of antiques dealing-where an independent woman discovers the schemes of a ruthless killer.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There are many riddles to unravel in Nora Roberts's latest novel before the chain of seemingly random murders and robberies swirling around a lovely Philadelphia antiques dealer can be resolved. There's no mystery, however, about why Roberts is a bestselling author of romances and mainstream novels: she delivers the goods with panache and wit. This time out, she skillfully blends a stirring love story with nonstop suspense, effortlessly shifting from melodrama to light comedy. Antiques dealer Dora Conroy's hidden riches start with the painting she bids for at a local auction, unaware of the treasure it conceals. Then there's her new tenant, handsome, brooding Jed Skimmerhorn, who moves into the apartment above her shop. Though the ex-cop and scion of a wealthy Philadelphia family first appears rude and rough, he surprises Dora with acts of tenderness. And Dora needs plenty of TLC after her shop is broken into, she's nearly raped and she learns that others who purchased goods from a particular shipment at the auction are turning up dead. Joining forces with Dora to track down the culprits behind the thefts and murders, Jed is drawn into the life of the effervescent Dora and her endearingly eccentric theatrical family. Readers will be too. Reader's Digest Condensed Book; Literary Guild and Doub le day Book Club alternate . (July)
Library Journal
This latest by Roberts (Private Scandals, Putnam, 1993) will please her established fans and win her new ones. Isadora, a quirky antiques dealer, inadvertently buys a few knickknacks at an auction that were supposed to be in the hands of Edmund Finley. Isadora soon discovers that the heinously evil Finley is completely ruthless in his quest to retrieve his merchandise. Having just rented the empty apartment above her shop to a disillusioned, albeit rich and handsome, ex-cop, Isadora finds herself falling in love and trying to stay alive. Employing a story line that is a bit trickier than expected, a lot of witty sexual dialog, and an endearing assortment of secondary characters-including parents who really care about their adult child's welfare-this book is a sure winner for aficionados of contemporary romantic suspense. Recommended for public libraries.-Margaret Hanes, Sterling Heights P.L., Mich.
Melanie Duncan
At an auction in Virginia, antiques dealer Dora Conroy purchases a mismatched box of porcelain figurines and an abstract painting on a whim. Across the country, a man opens his expected shipment to discover the items he received are not the ones he arranged to have shipped. A search begins immediately for the lost shipment; it's a search that brings a murderer closer and closer to Dora Conroy. With the help of her tenant, ex-cop Jed Skimmerhorn, Dora unravels the nature of the violence that has trailed the auction items. As that same violence begins to swirl around Dora, she and Jed are drawn together in a relationship complicated by Jed's past and his undecided future. "Hidden Riches" returns to the strength Roberts showed in her novels of a few years ago, "Sacred Sins" (1987) and "Brazen Virtue" (1988), avoiding the extensive flashbacks of "Honest Illusions" (1993). Highly recommended for all public libraries.
From the Publisher
“A heroine who’ll charm readers.”—USA Today

“[Roberts] delivers the goods with panache and wit.”—Publishers Weekly

“A sure winner.”—Library Journal

“Roberts keeps us sensuously engrossed in a suspenseful romance.”—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515116069
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/1995
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 6.72(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“A heroine who’ll charm readers.”—USA Today

“[Roberts] delivers the goods with panache and wit.”—Publishers Weekly

“A sure winner.”—Library Journal

“Roberts keeps us sensuously engrossed in a suspenseful romance.”—Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Keedysville, Maryland
Date of Birth:
1950
Place of Birth:
Silver Spring, Maryland
Website:
http://www.noraroberts.com/

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Hidden Riches 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
LCH47 More than 1 year ago
Set in Philadelphia, the story brings together Jed, a strong, brooding man and a discontented police captain and Dora Conway, intelligent, independent woman and an antiques dealer. Jed has no desire to get connected with anyone as he fights his own demons, but can't help himself. There's intrigue and suspense around antique smuggling, humor and romance, and cute interplay that keeps the reader hooked. A fun read!
gilgomez More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by this romantic mystery which was chock full of interesting characters, witty banter and an original story line. Maybe I had read so many Roberts novels that I stayed away for a couple of years and this novel really reminded me why she is so popular. This was an easy read, romantic and sexy and the colorful charactersr really came to life with this fast paced suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of books by Nora Roberts but this is definitly one of my favorites. This book was so romantic. You can't help but love Jed!!! This is a book you will want to read over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Nora Roberts I ever read. I got it from my mom and she is probably never going to get it back. I love this book with the diversity of the personalities and the sparks that are always flying. If you haven't read this, you dont know Nora Roberts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. I never usually pick up a book that is longer than two hundred pages, but after being recommened this book, I could not put it down, and I was soon on page 453, the last page. The romance between Jed and Dora is a funny story by itself in the book because they both fight to get the last word in. The story on the whole is very suspenseful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of Nora Robert's early hardback books. I have read this multiple times over the years and it does not feel dated as it was written in the late 1990's. Do have laugh when a phone booth is used! Very likable characters in realistic situations. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love Robert's books, you will love this one. She has written a love story with wonderful characters. Very warm and real family (with faults) and a very differt murder mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good mix between mystery and romance. Enjoyed the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
not one of favorites but i did like it don't know alot about antiquing however.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nora Roberts is a brilliant writer who commands attention. I wish she and other best selling authors would begin to write again instead of releasing all old books with new titles and covers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hidden Riches is Nora Roberts at her wittiest. The slapshot humour and light banter of the characters, along with their realistic yet commical situations, will make you fall in love with them time and again. Ms. Roberts offers everyday life twined with the suspence of the extraordinary.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of Ms. Roberts best. The plot escalates and the interaction between the main characters is humourous and romantic. A must read for those who like suspense as well as romance -- they will fall in love with Jed and Dora.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book becasue of Dora and her adorable personality; I felt like I knew her by the 50th page! Skimmerhorn is a hot hero, too and all the supporting characters are wonderful. I have read several Nora Roberts books in the last year since I discovered them and this is one of my absolute favorites!
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One of her best.
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I've been a long time Nora Roberts fan and this one does not disappoint. It grabbed me right off from the start and I loved it!
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Loved this one it kept me captivated and waiting with anticipation the characters are so fun and amuzing
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