White Lies (Arcane Society Series #2)by Jayne Ann Krentz
Relationships are challenging enough for most single over-thirty women. For level ten parasensitive Clare Lancaster, they're a minefield. The elite few who know her secret call her a human lie detector, and any falsehood, no matter how subtle or well hidden, sets her blood racing. Over the years, Clare has come to accept that someone with her extraordinary talents is… See more details below
Relationships are challenging enough for most single over-thirty women. For level ten parasensitive Clare Lancaster, they're a minefield. The elite few who know her secret call her a human lie detector, and any falsehood, no matter how subtle or well hidden, sets her blood racing. Over the years, Clare has come to accept that someone with her extraordinary talents is unlikely to find a suitable mate. And she's even resigned herself to the fact that everyone, to one degree or another, hides behind a façade.
Including her recently deceased brother-in-law. When Clare finds the body of Brad McAllister, the golden child of Stone Canyon, Arizona, the posh residents turn a suspicious eye in her direction. As Archer Glazebrook's daughter, Clare is shielded from the law, but not the gossip. It seems that meeting the half sister and family whom she did not know until seven months ago was a mistake. Now her father summons her from California to play a role in his business empire, and Clare doesn't intend on making the same mistake twice. But after meeting Jake Salter, Archer's "business consultant," she is convinced that things aren't what they seem. Salter's careful conversation walks a delicate line between truth and deception, revealing and resisting. Something sparks and sizzles between them - something more than the usual electricity between a man and a woman.
Caught in a dizzying storm of secrets, lies, and half-truths, Jake and Clare will plunge into an investigation that demands every bit of their special gifts. Together, they must overcome their mutual distrust in order to unravel a web of conspiracy and murder.
Claire Lancaster has had an interesting year, having discovered that she is the daughter of Archer Glazebrook, owner of a huge corporate empire in Arizona. She meets her half-sister Elizabeth and determines that Elizabeth's husband, Brad, is trying to kill his wife. Yet it is Brad who ends up dead, with Claire discovering the body and being accused of his murder. Though she is never charged and returns to her home in California, she loses her fiancé and her job when word gets out. Now Archer has called Claire back to Arizona to ask her to chair his new charitable foundation. Little does Claire know that she is stepping into a new adventure that leads to additional murders, a conspiracy, and the love of her life, Jake Salter. This book is part of Krentz's Arcane Society series, where the characters have paranomal powers. Claire is a natural lie detector and Jake a hunter, with skills they both use to solve the various murders and discover the plans of the Cabal, an organization that wants to destroy the society. Kathy Garver and David Colacci do a masterly job of reading, alternating chapters while acting out the various parts. Some may find it disconcerting; others will enjoy the idea. For public library romance collections and libraries where Krentz has a following.
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