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Always Time to Die (St. Kilda Consulting #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  2,702 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Former U.S. Senator Quintrell is dead.
His son, New Mexico's governor, is preparing his
run for the highest political office in the land.

And dark family secrets are about to explode with the
devastating force of a Southwestern earthquake.

An eccentric Quintrell aunt has invited genealogist Carolina "Carly" May to their Taos compound to compile a record of the illustrious fam
ebook, 480 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published June 1st 2005)
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Note: I originally read this book back in 2006, and read it again in 2011. My opinion of the book hasn't changed in the interval, though it's worth noting that I did enjoy it well enough to come back and read it again.

I can generally rely upon Elizabeth Lowell to give me a fluffily suspenseful but enjoyable read. She's formulaic, sure, but it's a formula I happen to like: beautiful, spunky woman plus broody and sexy man plus people trying to kill them, generally for reasons involving fabulously
Alexis-Morgan Roark
I kept vacillating between hating and liking this book. It must have been the narrator. The genealogy stuff got to be a little too much. Then the whole incest thing just went waaaaaay beyond creepy, disgusting, and too much as well.
Disclaimer: I'm not generally a romantic-suspense (or romantic-anything) reader; I grabbed this off a housemate because I was out of books of my own, so maybe this book was only "meh" to me because I wasn't familiar with whatever genre conventions I'd let myself in for. But "meh" it was.

The suspense plot is a good one, but the way it's paced, it never seems as urgent as I'd expect. There are many isolated incidents of people threatening the heroine, Carly. There are some isolated incidents of pe
I was shocked by this book. It sounded good, then I started reading and was struck by a desire to skip a lot of pages. There is a ton of geneology and family history described in the chapters because the main character is hired to write about just that. So at first it's boring, then it just gets disgusting. If you want to read about some filandering, pig-headed chold molesters and bigamists be my guest -- I put the book down. I couldn't believe one of my choice authors had chosen to write such a ...more
Book # 53 of 2009

Wow, it seems like it took me all of May to read this book. It was a decent book. Lots of buried family secrets and intrigue. I became interested in this book after listening to "Blue Smoke and Murder" which was the fourth in a line of St. Kilda Consulting series - this was supposed to be the first. Although St. Kilda was mentioned (especially in the last 1/4 of the book), it left me more confused about the whole St. Kilda series timeline. There's no description of how this orga
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"The powerful Quintrell family of New Mexico has spent decades in the public eye. Now the recent death of the clan's patriarch, a former U.S. senator, has placed his son, Governor Josh Quintrell, squarely in the spotlight as he prepares his run for the highest political office in the land. It is not a good time to be rattling skeletons in the family's closets.

Researching personal histories isn't just Carolina "Carly" May's profession, it's her passion. When the governor's eccentric Aunt W
An elderly Aunt to the current Governor of New Mexico has asked Genealogist Carly May to compile a family history for her. As soon as Carly starts digging through photos and interviewing the locals about the family, a dead rat shows up on her pillow along with a threatening phone call. Someone doesn't want her uncovering the secrets of the past. But Dan Duran is in town on vacation and decides to help her out. He won't tell Carly what his connection is to the family, but he wants to uncover secr ...more
Tom Tischler
The very powerful Quintrell family of New Mexico has spent
years in the public eye and now the patriarch of the family
a former U.S. Senator has died. He has his son Josh in the
Governor's chair squarely in line for the Presidency. Carly
May researches personal histories and the Governor's eccentric
Aunt Winifred has invited her to the Quintrell's mansion in
Taos N.M to do some research. But digging in the past has
raised some troubling questions about the would be president's
life, his late father
I have seen Elizabeth Lowell's books for some time and decided to read one. I didn't realize she was a Romance/suspense writer before I started reading it. While there are some love scenes, for the most part Carly and Dan engage in sexual innuendos. Carly is a genealogist who has been hired to write the story of the Quinell family of New Mexico. There is a LOT of going over names of past members of the family as well as other closely related families. Since I listened to the audio version, it wa ...more
If the novel had finished the way it started, I would have given it a 2 or 3. I knew the storyline was interesting, but I couldn't get invested until about half way through the book. I liked the characters of Dan and Carly immediately. I also enoyed the interaction between Dan and his brother Gus. It was evident the author had done her research with genetic markers, at least from this lay person's perspective. I was also impressed with how the author laid out the story and had some red herrings ...more
Bonnie Thurber
Not a fan. At all. It was free and I still feel like I was robbed.
When the novel opens, a heavily-applied pillow is sucking the life out of "the Senator," the patriarch of a powerful New Mexico family. We soon learn that Andrew Josh Quintrell III was of a breed so vile and disgusting, it was
amazing that foul play hadn't befallen him decades earlier. His legacy is one of sorrow and heartache.

The Senator's death coincides with the arrival of Carolina (Carly) May, a genealogical researcher. She's been asked, or more accurately, commanded to trace the female line
Carolina "Carly" May is a genealogist who was invited by the eccentric aunt of New Mexico's governor, Josh Quintrell, to come to their Taos ranch to compile a record of the Quintrell/Castillo family. She arrives following the death of the family patriarch, A. J. Quintrell, a former U.S. senator. However, digging up the past is creating trouble within the family and Carly finds herself on unsafe footing. Dan Duran, a former Army Ranger and now an agent for St. Kilda was born and raised in the Tao ...more
Always Time to Die
4 Stars

Carly May is a genealogist hired by Winifred Castillo to trace the history of her family. But someone in the Quintrell-Castillo line would rather keep old and dark secrets buried with the dead. Soon Carly finds herself the target of a sinister foe who will stop at nothing to prevent her from discovering the truth. The only person Carly can turn to is Dan Duran, a dangerous enigma with ties to the Quintrells and secrets of his own.

Well-paced action and susp
I was hoping this would be a good suspenseful mystery book and the start of a good series. After all the blur promises "a riveting tale of dark family secrets ready to explode with the devastating force of a Southwestern earthquake" and deems Lowell, "one of today's top masters of suspense".

The book opens with the murder of a New Mexico senator who left behind a wife in a coma, a spiteful sister-in-law and a son with Presidential aspirations. The sister-in-law hires a genealogist to write her fa
Romantic-suspense, leaning more toward the suspense side of things. The death of a New Mexico senator brings to light dark family secrets. Carly is a genealogist hired by the senator's embittered sister-in-law to record her family's history, while Dan is a St. Kilda Consulting operative recovering from a run-in with a drug cartel.

I was surprised to see the very mixed reviews for this title--I suspect it may because it doesn't read like a genre romance, and someone going into the novel with that
I was mostly annoyed by the DNA testing and its reporting in the book. The story was interesting enough for me if you can stomach all the incest. It is a light read and maybe I missed the disclaimer on the "Y" DNA. As far as my training in biology goes, mitochondrial DNA is passed by the mother to her offspring with no contribution from the father. The DNA from the Y chromosome is only passed from fathers to sons. If a woman had a Y chromosome her genetic sex would be male and she wouldn't be gi ...more
Carly May is hired by aging and ailing Winifred Castillo y Simmons to research the Castillo family history. Winifred is aware that the secrets revealed about the Castillos, and her sister's husband's family, the Quintrells (one of whom was a Senator, another the Governor) are secrets worth killing to keep. Dan Duran is a "vacationing" spy/FBI-type who has a very personal stake in the Quintrell/Castillo history and a very hard time keeping his hands off Carly.
An excellent book. Engaging character
Nancy Yackel
A mystery set in Taos, New Mexico with a heavy emphasis on the cultural of the area (blend of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo) and genetic testing/DNA matches. I like the way this author incorporates factual information into the plot without slowing down the story.
This was a re-read for me, but I'd forgotten what a twisted plot it had! Not my favorite Elizabeth Lowell book, but still a fun read.
Carolina "Carly" May is hired to trace the genealogical history of the illustrious Quintell family. In the process of doing research, she meets Dan Duran, and when she starts receiving threats he vows to protect her.

There are multiple killers and it all is very complicated and confusing. The fact that (view spoiler) is incredibly disgusting and disturbing.

The relationship plays out nicely but too much is left unsaid.
Elizabeth Lowell’s books are always well written and keep you in suspense and this one is not exception. It keeps you guessing up to the end as to the identity of the sniper.

Carly May is hired by Winifred Castillo to research old family records related to the Castillos but she is told to ignore the Quintrell family even though they are connected to the Castillos. But there is someone who doesn’t want Carly going through the old records. As several attempts are made on her life, she has a lifesav
my 1st book by this author, enjoyed every page of it. looking forward to read her other books.
Kathleen Freeman
Despite the social issues tackled by this book, I was thoroughly engaged until the end of the book.
Gina Arico connelly
More like 2.5 stars. The beginning was very drawn out and took awhile to get going for me.
♥ Nell ♥
I loved this book!!!! I loved Dan & Carly! I loved the humour between them, and in the writing of Ms. Lowell. I've always liked Ms. Lowell's earlier romance but this is the first romantic/suspense of hers that I've read.

My favourite quote is an example of said humour.

Dan waited.

Gus sighed. “Yeah, yeah, my lips are sealed, my hands are tied, and I won’t fart in code, okay?”

Carly laughed.

I was still guessing at the end, so that was great on the suspense side. And the romance was a bit light
can't really remember, so it couldn't of been too good
Lowell's contemporary books are always good reading. This story surrounds an elite New Mexico family where nothing and no one is as it seems. The heroine is basically a genealogist and writes family histories. The hero is related to the family in a crazy way; he's also recovering from gunshot wounds received in a narcotics deal gone sour. Two very different personalities and the friction involved in solving murders and puzzles of Spanish/American families. This was a reread, but I didn't remembe ...more
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Individually and with co-author/husband Evan, Ann Maxwell has written over 60 novels and one work of non-fiction. There are 30 million copies of these books in print, as well as reprints in 30 foreign languages. Her novels range from science fiction to historical fiction, from romance to mystery. After working in contemporary and historical romance, she became an innovator in the genre of romantic ...more
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