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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  5,443 ratings  ·  217 reviews
Tak berbeda dari kota New Orleans, tempat tinggal, Claire Laurent juga penuh pesona dan misterius. Ia tidak segan bekerja keras agar bisnis pakaian dalamnya yang berlebel French Silk, yang dijual secara eksklusif melalui katalog, dapat menjadi bisnis besar berskala internasional. Namun tiga butir peluru yang mengakhiri hidup seorang pengkhotbah agama terkenal menjadikan Cl ...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published 2002 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published 1991)
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Mo



What just happened? Where is the follow up? How do we find out what happened to you know who? Seriously?

Like the city of New Orleans itself, Claire Laurent is a vibrant beauty laced with a mysterious elusiveness. The founder of French Silk, a fabulous lingerie company, she has fought hard to make it a worldwide success. Then a TV evangelist attacks French Silk's erotic sleepwear as sinful. And when he is killed, Claire becomes the prime suspect.

District Attorney Robert Cassidy knows Claire is
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Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover ❤️ & KA Addict
Sep 03, 2014 Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover ❤️ & KA Addict rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover ❤️ & KA Addict by: Karla
3.5 "I Need Closure" Stars!!

When evangelist Jackson Wilde is found naked and murdered in his hotel room, the beautiful and secretive Clare Laurent, owner of the very successful lingerie company French Silk is unfortunately the number one murder suspect as the evangelist has been aggressively targeting her, her sexy lingerie and it’s cataloge in his campaign against smut and pornography.

Handsome, ambitious Assistant District Attorney Robert Cassidy is on a mission to get his conviction but he
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Cecilia
I heartily recommend this book for readers who enjoy mysteries based on red herrings rather than actual clues, twists based on shock value rather than character consistency, and totally irrational and often idiotic behaviour in the main characters. Bonus elements include constant head-hopping, a load of melodrama about sin, and multiple uses of the word "moxie," which I thought had died out decades before this book was written.
Wendy Soliman
Sandra Brown can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned. This was one of her earlier ones and I did have a few problems with the plot. Would an Assistant DA really spend time socially with a suspect,kiss her and then ask her to admit to murder? Hum.

That said it was still a page-turner and I mostly didn't guess how it was going to turn out. I certainly didn't guess the identity of the real culprit, which is usual for me.

Not one of her best but still well worth reading and certainly worthy of four st
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John Mcconahey
French for its location in the Crescent City; Silk for the fine material comprising the majority of the suggestive garments she designs; together, the name of Claire Laurent’s thriving mail-order lingerie company, half-owned by supermodel Jasmine. It’s not the sort of book that would ordinarily pique my interest.

Claire is the illegitimate child of a rogue a itinerant hustler. Her naive trusting mother descends mentally into a morass from which she doesn’t recover. Toss in the past-prime model, a
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Donna
In spite of some flaws, I enjoyed this early work of Sandra Brown. The characters were well formed and felt real. The plot led me on a merry chase - I don't mind saying that I thought I had the mystery figured out very early, and maintained my conviction throughout, only to have a clever switcheroo at the end.

On the down side, some of the plot points were less than believable. For example, why is the assistant DA involved in a murder investigation? Usually their time to shine is after the indict
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Britt
I am becoming a huge fan of Sandra brown. I have devoured three of her books in three days and she may just be my new favourite author.

The novel is named after the lingerie business that Claire Laurent owns and runs, which in turn is named after her aunts chocolate cake recipe. A TV evangelist is murdered and Claire is the prime suspect on Robert cassidys list
The setting in this book is beautiful. I love the descriptions of the french quarter. Brown does a beautiful job in describing the life, p
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Mojca
Ms. Brown did it again. Though this one was written in the beginning of the nineties, it didn't "sound" old-school at all (despite the ADA wearing suspenders ;)). A wonderful mix of suspense, drama, and romance, with a few story-lines intertwined to create an intricate and complex plot rife with twists and turns to keep the reader at the edge of her/his seat and guessing.

Well-paced, wonderful characterization with lovely multi-dimensional and flawed protagonists, mysteries and secrets galore, a
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Gabriela Suarez
Jun 25, 2011 Gabriela Suarez rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Recommended to Gabriela by: Found it in my parents garage... Book was not theirs since they only read spanish so its a mystery how it got to be in their garage. It doesnt't belong to any of my sisters either...
This book is insane good!!! This was my first Sandra Brown book. I don't remember the exact date i finished reading it but i know it was within a day or two of finding it in a box in my parents garage. Once i finished it i was at the library every few days to see if i could find any more Sandra Brown books. This book remains one of my favorites, Sandra Brown introduced me to a genre of books i never even knew existed! Sandra Brown has a genre that's all her own!Once you've read this book, other ...more
Julie
True to Sandra Brown form, this book was just about everything I look for in a book. It was entertaining, gripping, sweet, twisted and so much more.

You really can't go wrong with anything Brown writes. This book was written in 1991, but I didn't find myself noticing the 22 year difference. With some books, you REALLY notice that the book is old ... the author leans too heavily on modern technology and that becomes outdated so quickly that their books also feel dated. Maybe that's one of the mai
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Wynn
Pure cheese. An Assistant District Attorney (for some unknown reason) is the only homicide detective in New Orleans. It seems there are no real detectives in New Orleans so he is trying to find the killer of a TV evangelist. His main and only suspect is a very successful entrepreneur (supposedly), but she doesn’t act like it. She’s a weak southern flake. It could be the narration that made her sound more like Scarlett O’Hara than a well respected business woman. Of course (again for some unknown ...more
Wattle
I won this book on Goodreads First Reads.

3.5 stars (if only Goodreads allowed half stars, one day, please!)

I must admit, usually I don't read romance novels, because I find them repetitive and boring. But this would have been good if it was just a straight forward crime novel. I enjoyed that element of it, the suspense and finding out all the little details about the characters. It was fun, and honestly quite enthralling.

The romance aspect of it was still probably about 50% of the novel so there
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Stacie Tyndal
I give French Silk four stars because I really enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend it. This book has romance and suspense and it's very well done and the ending is not easily predictable. Claire Laurent is the book's protagonist and at times she is exasperating during the handling of a murder case that occurs at the beginning of the book but by the end you understand her better even if you don't agree with her methods. And I didn't. I liked the characters of Robert Cassidy and Jas ...more
Candi Goldman
This was the very first book by Sandra Brown that I ever read. It is by far my favorite. From the beginning I was caught up in the story and with every chapter I was surprised.

It's the first book of this genre that I actually had not figured out "whodunit" by the end. Although I was sure I knew who was guilty by the end of the first chapter, I changed my mind with every chapter thereafter until at the very end...I was shocked.

I have read it several times and I always remember my first read and
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Alisi ☆ needs to stop starting new books ☆
This book (somehow) managed to hit all my 'piece of shit' bubbles, and the parts that didn't where still terrible. If this had been in the first, oh, ten Sandra Brown novels I'd read, I wouldn't read another. It was that bad.

You get that lovely romance where the hero hates the girl and still wants her, so he's completely nasty to her. He thinks she's a murderer and he still wants to shag her. And, naturally, she falls head over heels in love with him. Who would fall in love with a guy who thinks
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Su
Well written though it was a little formulaic. I enjoyed the New Orleans setting and the plot twists that I thought I had figured out.... well sorta mostly maybe kinda eh?
TG
I liked this book until the end which was really disappointing for me. Yes, the author kept me guessing, but when the killer was revealed, there was no concrete evidence or confession to prove that he/she was the killer. I was expecting more after the killer was revealed, but the book just ended...it was definitely missing something for me. A nice epilogue could have really tied up the loose ends and made this story feel more complete.
Andrea Khrystyne
I really enjoyed this book!

I've only ever read one other book of Sandra Brown and I certainly will look for her again. I really enjoyed the suspense and the mystery involved in the book. I thought she was well written. Some of the writing was a little more graphic than what I normally read but I thought it showed how people really act and talk in reality. I would rather read a book that was written with language and graphic detail than a book that has dialogue that no one talks like that and su
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Evelyn
When evangelist Jackson Wilde is murdered in his hotel room, Clare Laurent, the owner of the successful lingerie company French Silk is the chief murder suspect. Wilde had targeted her sexy catalogue in his campaign against pornography. Handsome district attorney Robert Cassidy has one problem with fingering her as the villain--he is falling in love with her.

As satisfying as chocolate silk pie. Highly recommend.
Myra Boles
This was my first Sandra Brown book to read and I absolutely LOVED it. I loved the characters because she made them seem true to life. The ending was a pleasant surprise and the best part of the book in my opinion. I love a book that I don't figure out "whodunit" in the beginning or middle. Yes, the ending was not predictable!!
Robin
New Orleans businesswoman Claire Laurent has made a name for herself and her company, French Silk. But Televangelist Jackson Wilde is attacking French Silk, saying the erotic sleepwear and catalog are sinful. When Wilde is murdered, Claire becomes the prime suspect. Assistant District Attorney Robert Cassidy is drawn to Claire, even though he can prove everything she tells him is a lie. He can't save Claire unless he reveals the secret she has been keeping her whole life.

This book is hard to put
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Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Lagi-lagi termasuk buku SB fave saya.
dalam buku ini terdapat banyak konflik selain kisah cinta antara claire dan cassidy, pembunuhan.
cassidy sebagai pihak penguasa hukum mengalami dilema antara cintanya terhadap claire dan keraguannya apakah claire merupakan pelaku pembunuhan yang sebenarnya.
Kristen
This is a compelling read about fashion design and plenty of intrigue. There's a lot of good stuff going on here-forget about the TV movie version a decade ago. Plenty of chills!
Poeticdemise
I grudgingly give this book two stars instead of one as a nod to the mystery/suspense portion of the writing. There were a number of twists and turns, and while there were several that seemed used primarily as plot devices to further the romance, I remained intrigued enough to skim through the end to find out 'who dunnit.'
I rarely read in this genre (this book was a gift from an aunt) and am reminded why I avoid novels with romantic plotlines once again. The side characters, one and all, were mo
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Mary Beth
The first Sandra Brown I ever read and still one of my favorites. If you like romances with a little suspense that are set in New Orleans, read this.
Leslie
Let me preface this review with I am a Sandra Brown fan - love reading her work. This story, although had lots of twists and turns and was filled with suspense, wasn't quite as believable as it could have been. I had a hard time believing that an Assistant District Attorney would actually be conducting a murder investigation. However, this is a work of fiction and as such, I found it to be a good story plot with well developed characters. It is also set in New Orleans which is a fascinating city ...more
Maldivianbookreviewer
My first Sandra Brown, always holds a special place in my heart.
Amethystrayne
I enjoyed this book until the very end...and then that joy turned into bitter disappointment. This book kept me on my toes and had several plot twists, leading the reader on a merry chase. Then Brown ruined it by writing the biggest letdown of a denouement I'd ever seen. The reader finds out who the killer is (it was the last person I would've guessed), and 5 pages later the story ends. No idea if the killer was caught, and really, the reasoning behind the killers motivations were really lame. T ...more
Sonja
The story was quite good, it was very suspenseful from the beginning on. No one could have seen who the murderer was and a lot of the evidence was misleading the reader. The characters were also very likeable, except for the hero and the heroine. I couldn't stand either, or maybe that's too strong to say, but I definitely didn't like them and they did quite some nerve-wracking things. Claire, the heroine, was way too stubborn for my liking. Even when she was about to head to jail she didn't want ...more
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