Into the Darkness

Into the Darkness

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by Barbara Michaels
     
 

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Meg Venturi never expected the windfall she inherits when her grandfather dies. For some unknown reason the eccentric old millionaire has left her his profitable antique jewelry business. But there is a catch. Meg must share the business with an aloof, mysterious, and somewhat sinister young man called A. L. Riley. The town is whispering about her enigmatic new

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Meg Venturi never expected the windfall she inherits when her grandfather dies. For some unknown reason the eccentric old millionaire has left her his profitable antique jewelry business. But there is a catch. Meg must share the business with an aloof, mysterious, and somewhat sinister young man called A. L. Riley. The town is whispering about her enigmatic new partner. Rumors spread about unspoken secrets, a dark and disturbing legacy . . . and murder. Soon a series of troubling events has Meg looking uncomfortably over her shoulder. The longer she stays in this tiny New England village the clearer two very troubling truths become: that all that glitters is definitely not gold . . . and that someone will stop at nothing to drive her away.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Meg Venturi is the quintessential Barbara Michaels ( Smoke and Mirrors ) heroine, with a fierce independence and caustic wit barely hiding her romantic soul. Meg's intelligence and grit are put to the test when she returns to her New England home after inheriting half of her grandfather's prestigious jewelry business and finds she must share the operation with a new co-owner, a sinister and enigmatic man called A. L. Riley. But a series of threatening events convinces Meg that somebody wants her out of town. The well-meaning but relentlessly nosy townspeople appear to know more than they're letting on, and a fine collection of garrulous businessmen, surly former classmates and exotic relatives keep Meg on her toes--and constantly looking over her shoulder. An underlying past tragedy involving Meg's father is connected somehow to her present traumas, and Meg must summon all her formidable skills not only to survive, but to get to the root of her deepening problems. Memorable characters and complex mystery make this one of the Michaels's best novels of romantic suspense. Doubleday Book Club alternate. (June)
School Library Journal
A romantic contemporary mystery that will keep readers guessing until the very end. Upon the death of her grandfather, Meg Venturi finds herself part owner of an antique jewelry store. The local townspeople of Seldon, a small New England town, cannot understand why her grandfather would leave the other half of his store to Riley, a stranger with an unknown past. While the grandfather's estate is being settled, a series of mysterious events occur that lead to revelations of infidelity and murder. Throughout the story, there are tantalizing hints that spur readers on, and the book ends with a totally unexpected twist. The plot development and writing style combine to make this book fascinating for reluctant readers and good readers alike. --Roberta Lisker, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061249648
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/24/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

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Mary Higgins Clark
Barbara Michaels is a consummate storyteller.
Phyllis A. Whitney
Breathless suspense…Barbara Michaels is in super top form.

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