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Elusive (On the Run #1)

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Zoe thought traveling internationally would be exciting, but she never dreamed her first trip to Europe would involve fake passports and missing millions.

Divorced, twenty-something Zoe Hunter is a free spirit who strings together a variety of odd jobs to generate enough income to keep her bank account barely in the black. She loves living on the edge, but her life becomes
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Published August 30th 2012 (first published August 1st 2012)
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Margitte
Zoe Hunter, of Dallas, Texas, did not fit the bill of a modern, professional young lady. No credit cards, no flashy cars nor a poshy job. It was simply not her style. Her house fell apart, her car had more than two hundred thousand miles on the clock and she barely scraped by on her small freelance income, which includes walking the neighbors's dogs.

Her ex-husband, Jack, was one of her renters, both in her house, as well as two offices she owned. He bored her enough to divorce him. She was spont
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Mad Scientist
I could hardly put this one down. I am already into book 2!

Book 1 is free for Kindle and Nook at the moment.
Nikki Martin
I enjoyed this story. I didn't drag I actually found it entertaining al the way through and it left me wanting to know more about what happens to Zoe. The only unanswered question I had in this book was when will Jack come back. I find that in a lot of books the authors gives irrelevant details or leaves whole parts of the story out and leaves the reader with too much information or not enough. Sara Rosett found the sweet spot of just enough without bogging down the story. it was a nice read dur ...more
Christine
With the exception of her dwindling bank account, Zoe Hunter, is fairly happy with her life as a “Jill of all Trades”, which includes jobs as a freelance copy editor of travel guides, commercial property manager, as well as dog walker. After a severe storm strikes a suburban area of Dallas, Zoe’s ex-husband Jack’s car is found abandoned on the side of a highway near a bridge. Some of his clothing is found floating in a flooded creek, but there is no sign of Jack. There are other strange and scar ...more
R J Mckay
Zoe is an energetic, thrifty copywriter. Jack is her bland, quiet ex-husband. They live in the same house to save money. Sounds rather ordinary doesn’t it? … Wrong answer!

On a normal, quiet day Zoe answers a knock on her door and her world tumbles into murder, mayhem, and craziness! The police tell her that Jack is missing and presumed dead. When she goes to his office to share the bad news with Conner, his business partner, she finds him murdered. The police quickly decide that Jack killed his
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Nancy Johnson
Zoe lives with her ex-husband in separate areas of one house. They never interact or see each other. After her ex is missing and presumed dead, his business partner is discovered killed and the business' bank account suddenly has millions of dollars. Undoubtedly, Zoe becomes the prime suspect of conspiracy, fraud and murder. What follows is a complete turnaround of this self-employed, single woman’s life, who is forced to defend herself, find the truth about the crimes, and learn what really hap ...more
Cynthia
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. It grabbed my interest right away. I've read many books that started this way and then lost me but this one maintained my attention throughout, always wanting to know what was going to happen next. The movement of the story to different locations, Las Vegas and Italy, was enjoyable and kept it fresh. The story was plausible and the pieces fit together in the end without being forced or contrived. I liked the protagonists; they didn't degenerate into whi ...more
Italo Italophiles
Two things ring true when reading the book: the emotions of the characters, and the locations. Psychologically the characters are true-to-life. And the locations are depicted very realistically, setting the stage well for the action. The locations in Elusive are varied: Dallas, Texas; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Rome, Naples and Venice, Italy.

The plot starts to zing in Las Vegas because Zoe meets up with her ex-husband, Jack. The tension between the one-time lovers is wonderful. Their marriage ended
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Betty
Jan 22, 2014 Betty rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery, romance, spy, adventure
Shelves: e-books
Zoe learns her ex-husband, Jack is missing and might be dead. She finds a body at his place of business. She becomes person of interest. She takes off to learn what is behind all of this. The style of a favorite author, Helen MacInnes, is apparent as Zoe & Jack race across the USA & Italy. It is written with detail descriptions of areas. The development of the story line moves along nicely. I like Ellie Avery books. This series is different. I rarely read spy stories; but this one is int ...more
D.
A really well written thriller. The story goes from Dallas to Las Vegas to traveling around Italy and completely believable. The heroine faced her ex-husbands disappearance (and possible death) and the murder of his business partner. Very strange business partner as it turns out. You must read the book to find out what happens, I am not a spoiler. But I am sure you will be pleased you took the effort. Thoroughly exciting book. This book will leave you wondering, are things really as they appear?
Dorsi
Surprisingly this was pretty damn good. I think this was a free ebook and the cover made me think it was going to be a cheesy kind of romance, but it wasn't. It wasn't an especially deep story, not heavy at all. Just the right amount of plot depth for what I needed at the time. It definitely drew me in and kept my interest. I think that was the best part about it. The character development was really good too. I really liked the heroine. This story exceeded my expectations by a mile.
JoAnne
(On the Run #1) I got this book for free on amazon. Zoe is a divorced woman but she still shares a house with her ex., Jack. She is a free lance writer but does just about anything to earn a living. Zoe is not an office kind of gal. Her aunt gave her an office duplex that she rents out for extra money. Jack's business rents one side. He is into some kind of green recycling.
Some policemen come to the house and tell her that Jack committed suicide by jumping off a bridge. She says that does not so
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PeggyAnn  Smith
Who Doesn't Love A Good Mystery

Who Doesn't Love A Good Mystery

This Book was engrossing from the very first chapter.
The characters were strong and believable.
The mystery was slowly revealed as the story progressed.
The ending just made me want to immediately order the next book.

Happy to Review Good Books for Book Lovers Everywhere,
PeggyAnn Smith/LadyInRed
Coral
Jul 25, 2014 Coral rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller, espionage
25% in and wow, a real page turner with a big cast, an real-world problem and business espionage. Love these kinds of stories. Loved it and it looks like it's a series. It ended up not going into the green recycling problem as much as I thought but still a solid thriller I'll have to check out her other books!
Adrienne Testa
Zoe Hunter is a carefree woman, living a spontaneous life until her ex husband disappears and his business partner is murdered. Zoe becomes a person of interest for the FBI and decides to take matters in her own hands. Tracking down her ex husband's cousin in Las Vegas and then traveling to Italy to track the truth and uncover the murderer. Jack's business partner has a past filled with cons and shady deals. While Jack has a past filled of secret lives and government employment. Zoe is unsure wh ...more
Elaine
What do you do when your ex hubsand's business partner is murdered and your ex husband suddenly disappears!
Zoe finds herself in the middle of an intriguing dilemma that she is determined to get to the bottom of. Is her ex husband really dead?
Each character becomes a vital addition to the plot as we follow Zoe in her search which starts in Las Vegas and ends up in Italy, Naples and Venice to be exact! I like the way she describes these locations in vivid details.
The author's writing style is
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Alain Kraussman Hall
slow start but rocketing ending!

Got this book on a deal, and since it looked interesting, thought I would give it a try and see what I thought. Wow! Was I surprised! Although it got off to a slightly slow start, the plot thickened rapidly and kept me on the edge of my seat. I had a very difficult time putting it down to work and sleep. I definitely recommend this writer, and I will be looking at picking up the other books in the series immediately. It's always fun to find a talented new author t
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Joan
This was an interesting mystery - good plot, well-developed characters, satisfying pace of action. There were quite a few misused words: "how Jack made due" (made do); "down right dull" (downright); "...didn't need this guy's condensation" (condescension); "out side" instead of outside; making "concentric" rings with a water glass (not possible unless there were several glasses with different circumferences); "anymore than he had to" (any more than...). There were also at least 8-10 typographica ...more
Kathy Bryson
Zoe and Jack have separated and fallen into dull lives even though they share the same house. This is not natural for Zoe, formerly an unstructured soul, though when Jack turns up missing and his partner turns up dead, she gets more excitement than she bargained for. But when Zoe actually turns up Jack, still alive but hiding, her scrapping life becomes a crazy man-hunt across Italy with the two both hunting and the hunted. A suspenseful thriller with twists and turns that help two people find t ...more
Diane Rapport
I got this book because it was free on kindle. I am now ready to buy the rest of the series (3 more books) and am hoping there will be more. This is not your typical "cozy" mystery. It is more of a cross between crime and cozy, with a great dash of travel thrown in. The heroine is smart, spunky and (unlike many), very realistic. I did not see the end coming (I won't spoil it for you), and it was a good one. I dropped it from 5 to 4 stars because I thought it dragged a bit in the beginning, but t ...more
Bernice
A regular mystery.

The book is nicely paced and main character is interesting. There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I liked the characters jetting off to Italy and hearing a bit about the country. Mysteries often make the location a character. The author did this well. The characters get into serious trouble and the writing made me tense and wondering how they would manage to get out of the situation. All and all I would read another book by this author. But she is not
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Virginia B. Silverstein
Entertaining, fast-paced, quirky

An entertaining, fast-paced read featuring a likeable heroine and hero. Plenty of quirky twists and turns keep the reader guessing. I had to dock it a star in my rating because of the many copyediting errors. Ironically, they were more glaring than usual because the heroine was a freelance copy editor, and some of the kinds of errors that occurred (and recurred) in the Kindle version of the book were actually mentioned as anecdotal background asides. The author co
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Marika Charalambous
Full review at http://mysterysequels.com/elusive-by-...

The story centers around Zoe Hunter, a rather poor freelancer (proof reads travel books) who also walks neighbors’ dogs to earn a bit extra money. This doesn’t stop her from enjoying life as much as she can, being content with how things are at the moment.

She is divorced, however as the money is rather tight at the moment, she lets her ex husband Jack stay in the same house (in the upper apartment) and use her offices as long as he pays rent
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Leah
I'm torn

I liked these characters, especially Zoe, Jack, and Helen. I liked how they interacted with each other. I liked the story and the descriptions of places.

I'm still trying to figure out what Connor had to do with any of the stuff that happened. Conclusions were jumped to that I simply didn't connect. Some editorial work was also needed. Shuttered and shuddered are two very different words. Little things like that kept catching my attention and taking it away from the book.
Randee Baty
Zoe is my kind of girl! She dreams of traveling the world, hates to do mundane things and worries about making ends meet! I can relate.

Zoe is living in a house with her ex-husband and working as a proof-reader, dog walker and just about anything else that will help her pay the bills but doesn’t involve a 9-5 office job. She has a best friend who mothers her and a mother who dreams of making it big on reality tv. Nothing seems very out of the ordinary until her ex-husband turns up missing and his
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Georgia
Elusive by Sara Rosett is the first book in the "On the Run" series.

Starting out in Dallas, Texas, we meet Zoe Hunter- a fiery, red-head (aren't they always) who spends most of her time trying to support herself. She does a lot of odd-jobs, such as dog walking, but her main sources of income come from books she copy-edits for an independent travel company and office spaces her aunt gave her as early inheritance. Her aunt promised they would be a great investment. She rents out two of the office
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Kathy
This story hooked me almost from the start. Zoe is a free-lancer, living on the first floor of a house she owned with her ex-husband, Jack, while married. For economic reasons, after their split, she and Jack stayed on in the house, Zoe on the first floor and Jack, who has started a business dealing with eco-friendly product disposal, on the second floor. Actually, things worked out well for the two, and their lifestyles kept them from too much interaction (they are divorced, after all). One day ...more
Susan Ashcraft
Elusive (Book #1 On the Run Series) by Sara Rosett Review

Zoe has always been a free spirit, preferring to take chances instead of always doing the safe thing. Thanks to her aunt though, she has always valued owning property. Its one of the only long term responsibilities she has. When Zoe and her husband Jack divorced, the housing market was at its lowest point in years. Instead of losing money by selling the house they shared, they instead both still live in it, Jack has the upstairs and the fr
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Jen
I won a free copy of this book from the author through a giveaway.

I was initially afraid that the comparisons to Elizabeth Peters' Vicki Bliss series would have raised my expectations too high and leave Elusive unable to catch up. The Vicki Bliss novels are my absolute favorites of Ms. Peters' books, and ones that I find myself rereading over and over.

All in all, I did find that Elusive fell short of the high bar set by the comparison. But it didn't fall short enough to keep me from enjoying it
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Debbie
I enjoyed this book, a little different from the cozies I usually read. Zoe the main character is likeable and you feel for her, but admire her because she is not weak or stupid. There are many characters in this story, I got confused a couple of times but was able to figure it out. There are plenty of twists to keep you guessing for what's coming next, and the murder mystery definitely had me confused until the end. I will be reading the next in this series, very entertaining.
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A native Texan, Sara writes mysteries (the Ellie Avery series) and suspense (the On The Run series). As a military spouse, Sara has moved around the country (frequently!) and traveled internationally, which inspired her latest suspense novels. Publishers Weekly called Sara’s books, "satisfying," "well-executed," and "sparkling."

The first Ellie Avery mystery, MOVING IS MURDER, was a Reader's Choic
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