Hidden Riches

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In Hidden Riches, Nora Roberts plunges into the exotic and decadent world of antiques with a story in which possession is a lethal obsession and a simple mistake leads to a string of savage murders. At its swirling center is Dora Conroy, a Philadelphia antiques dealer who buys a curious selection of auction items - objects she considers humorous novelties for her inventory. Yet it soon becomes obvious that this merchandise is a magnet for something sinister; in fact, her genteel antiques shop becomes the focus of...
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Overview

In Hidden Riches, Nora Roberts plunges into the exotic and decadent world of antiques with a story in which possession is a lethal obsession and a simple mistake leads to a string of savage murders. At its swirling center is Dora Conroy, a Philadelphia antiques dealer who buys a curious selection of auction items - objects she considers humorous novelties for her inventory. Yet it soon becomes obvious that this merchandise is a magnet for something sinister; in fact, her genteel antiques shop becomes the focus of an international smuggler whose passion for beautiful objects knows no bounds. As Dora and her intriguing upstairs tenant, former cop Jed Skimmerhorn, probe into the robberies and deaths surrounding the mysterious shipment, they discover a shadowy path leading across the continent to the smuggler, a man who will stop at nothing to regain his hidden riches. Dora and Jed find that they, like the treasures the man craves, are susceptible to his crushing grasp.

Dora Conroy is an antiques dealer who knows the tricks of the trade. But nothing could prepare her for the deadly consequences of purchasing a few curiosities at an auction. Now the target of a ruthless smuggler, Dora turns to her new neighbor, ex-cop Jed Skimmerhorn, for help. Together they find that hidden riches can have a most ordinary facade.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515116069
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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 In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    CHARMING MYSTERY / ROMANCE

    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!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2008

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    Loved it

    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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2009

    Enjoyable Nora Roberts romantic mystery.

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2003

    15 year old Nora Roberts fan

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2003

    Have to Read

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Excellent Read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    I recommend

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    Excellent

    Good mix between mystery and romance. Enjoyed the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

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    Couldn't put the book down!

    The story line was great and the character of Dora and Jed kept me wanting more. I loved the feistiness that each of the characters had. The ending was great and it made me sad that it was over. Great job Nora!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2007

    okay a nice story

    not one of favorites but i did like it don't know alot about antiquing however.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2004

    Old books with new covers

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2002

    Witty and Inspiring

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2001

    suspenseful mystery AND romance

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2001

    Compelling and Moving - - A page turner

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Best

    One of her best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Loved it!!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    V

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Great book

    Loved this one it kept me captivated and waiting with anticipation the characters are so fun and amuzing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Xavier

    Hello...

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

    The best christmas gift

    I brought this for a christmas gift &she going to love it.

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