Hidden Riches [NOOK Book]

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In Hidden Riches, Nora Roberts unveils the intriguing world of antiques dealing, where a independent woman discovers the price of breathless desire--and the schemes of an obsessed killer.

Dora Conroy has a passion for antiques—and any other rarities she can acquire for her quaint Philadelphia shop. A seasoned dealer, she knows all the tricks of the trade. But she is unprepared for the deadly consequences when she purchases a few curiosities at...
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Overview

In Hidden Riches, Nora Roberts unveils the intriguing world of antiques dealing, where a independent woman discovers the price of breathless desire--and the schemes of an obsessed killer.

Dora Conroy has a passion for antiques—and any other rarities she can acquire for her quaint Philadelphia shop. A seasoned dealer, she knows all the tricks of the trade. But she is unprepared for the deadly consequences when she purchases a few curiosities at an auction—and unknowingly brings home a priceless cache that makes her the target of an international criminal. Entwined in a reckless chase, Dora turns to her new neighbor, Jed Skimmerhorn, a cop who’s turned in his badge—and whose desire for lovely Dora puts him back in the line of fire. Fighting their attraction while falling in love, they find that hidden riches can have a most ordinary façade. And that possession can be a lethal obsession…



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: 9781101146156
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 24,026
  • File size: 680 KB

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is truly a publishing phenomenon. With over 250 million copies of her novels in print, she has come a long way since she wrote her first novel in a spiral notebook using a No. 2 pencil. Now she has published over 150 novels and her work has been optioned and made into films, excerpted in national magazines and translated in over twenty-five different countries. "I always have stories running around in my head," she explains. "Once I start putting them down on paper, I just keep going; I just keep writing." In addition to her amazing success in mainstream fiction, Nora Roberts remains committed to writing for her category romance audience that took her to into their heart in 1981 with her very first book, a Silhouette romance.



Nora Roberts continues to write futuristic romantic suspense as J.D. Robb, and her characters Eve Dallas and Roarke have become two of her most popular creations ever. Her J.D. Robb titles are hailed as "a perfect balance of suspense, futuristic police procedure and steamy romance...truly fine entertainment" by Publishers Weekly.



Reviewers agree that Nora Roberts deserves praise. The Los Angeles Daily News describes her as "a word artist, painting her story and her characters with vitality and verve." Kirkus Reviews comments on True Betrayals saying "Roberts' style has a fresh, contemporary snap." Roberts is said to be "reminiscent of Jacqueline Briskin and Sidney Sheldon" by Booklist, and Rex Reed lauds her saying, "Move over Sidney Sheldon: the world has a new master of romantic suspense, and her name is Nora Roberts." Publishers Weekly claims "Roberts keeps getting better...[her] prolificness shows no sign of abating." They add, "When Roberts puts her expert finger on the pulse of romance, legions of fans feel the heartbeat." USA Today calls Nora "a consistently entertaining writer."



The remarkable Ms. Roberts did not become a success overnight. By the time her first novel, Irish Thoroughbred, was published in 1981, she already had three years of hard work behind her and several rejected manuscripts languishing in drawers. Today, according to Entertainment Weekly, "her stories have fueled the dreams of twenty-five million readers." One of America's leading novelists, her books are published around the world. She is frequently invited to promote her novels in other countries. Her recent travels took her to England, Italy, Australia and Japan to meet fans, fellow authors and aspiring writers.



Sanctuary was made into a television movie which aired in 2001 on CBS as "Nora Roberts' Sanctuary." The cast includes Melissa Gilbert, Emmy-winner Kathy Baker and Costas Mandylor. CBS has also optioned The Reef for another television movie. Montana Sky has been optioned by TriStar Television for a two-hour television movie. Her book This Magic Moment became the television film "Magic Moments" starring Emmy-winner John Shea and Jenny Seagrove. Sacred Sins has been optioned for film by Kaleidoscope, and Private Scandals has been optioned by Burt Reynolds Productions. Reflections and The Law is a Lady were selected by Good Housekeeping magazine for presentation as condensed novels. Honest Illusions and Private Scandals were featured as Readers Digest's Condensed Books.


The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly have all featured or mentioned Nora Roberts in articles about writing and the romance genre. She has appeared on ABC-TV's Good Morning America and Cable News Network, and has been featured on the television programs To Tell the Truth, Entertainment Tonight, and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. She has been interviewed by local television and radio programs across the country, and she has been featured in dozens of newspapers, including the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, Washington Times, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, and Atlanta Constitution.

Her extraordinary accomplishments have also received recognition from her peers. The first author ever to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame, and the first author to receive their Centennial Award when she published her 100th novel Montana Sky, she is the recipient of almost every award given in recognition of excellence in romance writing. In 1997, she was honored at the Romance Writers of America National Conference when she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to her awards from the Romance Writers of America, she has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Waldenbooks, and she has been honored by B. Dalton Booksellers, the New Jersey Chapter of Romance Writers of America, and BookRak Distributors.



Nora Roberts is a charter member of the Romance Writers of America, and a member of their Washington, D.C. chapter. She was the keynote speaker at their 1994 national conference in New York. She is also a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, The Crime Writers League of America, and Novelists Inc.

The youngest of five children, she was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She now lives in Keedysville, Maryland.



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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