The Secret of the Villa Mimosa

The Secret of the Villa Mimosa

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by Elizabeth Adler
     
 

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Was it an accident...or an attempted murder?

Dr. Phyl Forster watched the TV news, horrified at the sight of the broken body in the ravine.  Then she raced to the hospital to see the victim.  Miraculously, the girl was alive, but without name or memory.  An irresistible challenge to Dr. Phyl, the psychiatrist who had buried her own

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Was it an accident...or an attempted murder?

Dr. Phyl Forster watched the TV news, horrified at the sight of the broken body in the ravine.  Then she raced to the hospital to see the victim.  Miraculously, the girl was alive, but without name or memory.  An irresistible challenge to Dr. Phyl, the psychiatrist who had buried her own past....

Detective Franco Mahoney was looking for a killer, without a whisper of a clue.  He needed the beautiful psychiatrist to unlock the victim's mind.  But he wasn't prepared for the passion Dr. Phyl inspired or the passion that ensued....

Elizabeth Adler's riveting novel of erotic obsession and revenge sweeps from San Francisco to Paris, from the Côte d'Azur to a remote Hawaiian island, tracing a tale of murder and madness with roots in a decadent past....

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Entertaining...Well-plotted...Lust, greed and murder keep readers on their toes."
—Publishers Weekly

"Spellbinding...Adler is a true genius."
—Affaire de Coeur

"A fun read!"
—San Francisco Examiner

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lust, greed and murder keep readers on their toes in Adler's new novel of romantic suspense. Psychiatrist Phyl Foster is intrigued with the unconscious Jane Doe found-having obviously been left for dead-in a San Francisco ravine. When the woman wakes up with amnesia, Phyl helps her try to remember her past and treats her like a kid sister, giving her clothes and a place to stay. The psychiatrist also runs interference for the woman, newly named ``Bea French,'' with macho homicide detective Franco Mahoney, who follows every lead toward Bea's true identity, which he hopes will help him discover who tried to kill her. After Phyl finds Bea a job as social secretary to a rich socialite, the amnesiac travels to Paris. When her employer dies suddenly, she is left with a fortune, two orphans, a restored French villa-and a 50-year-old murder mystery. Bea's investigation into that murder triggers her memory, so she calls Phyl for help, but the psychiatrist is busy with a jealous new lover. Meanwhile, Franco runs a check on the lover. What he finds sends him rushing to Paris to protect the innocent. Adler is expert at digging deep into her characters' psyches and showing what makes them tick. Her villain here is obvious but wonderfully portrayed-as are all the other characters in this well-plotted, entertaining work. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Adler (The Property of a Lady, LJ 2/1/91) is a household name to fans of romantic suspense. In her latest, a psychiatrist helps an amnesiac recover her memory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440217480
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/05/1995
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
826,726
Product dimensions:
4.15(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.09(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Adler is the internationally acclaimed bestselling author of several novels. She lives most of the year in Dublin, Ireland.

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Secret of the Villa Mimosa 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this down. The story was so enthralling and the author tells the story as if she is the character herself. Amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it years ago and loved it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Too bad the psychologist from Maryland can't enjoy a book for what it is meant to be...a temporary diversion from everyday life. The storyline is great, the characters are well developed, the scenery made me wish this was my cottage (home away from home) and yes...even the sex was gratuitous...congrats Elizabeth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book takes place at a house called Villa Minosa, California, and Hawaii. A large part is involved with explicit sex that is boring to anyone who is familiar with the subject. If this is what you enjoy reading, this book is for you. The character development in the second portions of the book is interesting, and leads the reader to hope. However, the ending is weak. The themes in the book of greed for money and possessions v.s. truth and responsibility as options are not brought to a conclusion.