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.

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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:
9780061856228
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
68,075
File size:
648 KB

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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.

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Peters (writing as Barbara Michaels) was born and brought up in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Peters was named Grandmaster at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986, Grandmaster by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar® Awards in 1998, and given The Lifetime Achievement Award at Malice Domestic in 2003. She lives in an historic farmhouse in western Maryland.

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Into the Darkness 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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KrisPA More than 1 year ago
This book I enjoy very much. It helps that it was originally published in the 80s or 90s (not sure which) but is more modern than her other novels. The women wear jeans not dresses all the time and it's not as dated as her earlier novels (even though I enjoy those too). I like that the woman in this book is more aggressive and funny and has a good personality. I like the relationship between her and Riley and their unusual romance. The plot is a little convoluted and not very convincing, and really isn't as interesting as watching Riley and Meg argue. This is a good book for light fluffy reading. I keep it around and re-read it in between my more serious literary fiction and nonfiction.
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She nods. "I will probaly make Navykit your apprantice."