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Cold Paradise (Stone Barrington #7)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  3,520 ratings  ·  127 reviews
This time, Woods's variations on a homicidal theme include gold diggers, an angry husband who fakes his own death, a gullible computer billionaire, several ex-lovers, and a fistful of Palm Beach mobsters. As usual, lawyer Stone Barrington manages to sort it all out just by the very last page.
ebook, 432 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published January 1st 2001)
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I loved and hated this book. I loved the mystery. I loved the parts that were 'laugh-out-loud'. I loved the fact that the main guy isn't the greatest detective ever to grace a magnifying glass. I HATED that this is a typical 'man' novel where the main character is devilishly handsome without effort and every woman aged 16 to 76 is a stunning beauty in her own right and they all WANT him. He can barely get gas in his car without being propositioned by some amazingly beautiful/talented/intelligent ...more
Lisa Silverman
I found it to be a perfectly easy poolside read which is just what you want for the start of the summer. But, I must admit, the Stone Barrington books are getting predictable. Stone gets called to a case, Dino has to come help, they enjoy luxury and women and then there is a major shoot out where Dino saves Stone. It's easy summer reading but don't expect anything shocking or new from this one.
Attorney Stone Barrington has a rather unusual case. Billionaire Thad Shames wants him to find a woman he spent an evening with in the Hamptons a month earlier. Thad thinks her first name is Liz but he’s not even sure about that. All he knows is that he’s in love and wants to be with her. Stone’s only lead takes him to Palm Beach, where finding Liz is fairly easy, but also troubling. Liz turns out to be a woman named Allison Harding and she has quite a past. Stone believed that she had died and ...more

I have liked many of the books by Stuart Woods. But this one (and several other Barrington books) tends to be rather loose on the plot, has pages and pages where there is not much action (unless you consider bedroom activities as "action" in a mystery book). Not very interesting read ...
Another installment in the complicated personal life of Stone Barrington. Amazing he ever gets any work done to earn a living. Thank goodness for that trust fund.
Joint review with Woods' L.A. Dead

Stone Barrington is a cop-turned-lawyer and private investigator who needs to be much more selective in his choice of bedmates. I read these two books out of sequence. They can be read independently, but to get the full flavor of the hole Stone has dug for himself, one should really read Dead in the Water, which I have not read, then L.A. Dead, followed by Cold Paradise.

In the beginning of L.A. Dead, Stone is off to Italy about to marry the beautiful Dolce, d
Debbie W
3.5 Stars actually - rounded to 4

This is the seventh book in the Stone Barrington series. Stone is a cop turned attorney/private investigator and could be easily categorized as a current James Bond. Women seem to come out of the woodwork and flock at Stone’s feet. In this installment, Stone is summoned from New York during the dead of winter to the nice exotic life of billionaire Thad Shames in sunny Panama City, FL. Thad met a mysterious woman at a party and hires Stone to find her. Stone quick
My brother turned me onto Stuart Woods a couple summers ago when he passed on to me a box full of books he was done with (some of which I have not yet gotten around to reading), and I have enjoyed the ones I read, so I was happy to pick up four more of his books at a recent library book sale (at $3 a bagful, which I could not resist). I was then even happier to find that three of the four were Stone Barrington novels and in sequence, so reading the three of them one after the other was like read ...more
I had a few issues with this book. The first issue was the numerous grammatical errors; it affected my ability to read the book, for example: there was a character named Callie in the story, a few pages later there was a woman named Carrie. It may be too coincidental that there is both a Carrie and a Callie in such a short amount of time, but I did reread a little to make sure I had not missed a small introduction. It was an error. Speaking of characters' names and errors, Stone Barrington is ma ...more
Goes back to a former case with some interesting twists and turns, but we get to stamp COMPLETED on the file. I must mention that Stone is starting to irritate me somewhat. He's constantly pining over his true love, Arrington, yet he seems to manage to jump into bed with the first willing and available woman--and there are several! Yet he wonders why Arrington isn't falling all over him. It's becoming tiresome. Other than that, the story was really good.
Bonnie Murray
Sorry Stuart but based on this book, I read 200 pages, I'll not be reading anymore of your books. 'Stone' has been to bed with all three drop dead gorgeous women, all 3 want to go back to his bed, etc etc etc. He dictates an iron clad contract to his secretary over the phone that saves one of these women millions etc etc etc. Completely a pile of garbage and I have better things to do with my time.
Palm Beach is the most glamorous scene-of-the-crime yet for cop-turned-investigator Stone Barrington, who becomes reacquainted with a case he thought was buried years ago and must settle romantic entanglements that haunt him still
Stone meets Palm Beach society; Paul Manning Part 2. Stone is retained by billionaire Thad Shames to find a mystery woman. Stone is parlayed to Palm Beach to conduct this mission, and soon discovers that Thad's flame, Liz Harding, is former client and lover Allison Manning. Stone melds into a perfect union with Thad's major domo Callie Hodges. HQ'd on a luxury yacht, Stone is forced to deal with Allison and Paul, both legally declared dead, and try to protect his client Thad, who is in heat. Aft ...more
This is the 7th book in the Stone Barrington series (I recommend reading from the beginning).

Cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington, becomes reacquainted with a case he thought was buried years ago, and must settle romantic entanglements that haunt him still. Allison Manning, the beautiful and enigmatic woman Stone defended against a murder charge in Dead in the Water, mysteriously reappears to request his help with a set of problems she has never resolved, which involve millions of dollars. She fea
For some reason I just did not like this book. I seemed to silly and much to unbelievable and slow moving. The beautiful people in the beautiful Palm Beach setting could not be that stupid! Sorry fans!
Robert Hill
It has been about 15 years since I read a Stuart Woods novel. I have forgotten the entertainment value of his brand of escapist literature. I would rate it higher but it is pretty shallow, but Oh so funny.
Bud Mallar
Stone, the hero of the series, manages to have sex with many beautiful women, hang with the rich and famous, have difficultly becoming emotionally attached, and gets the bad guy in the end.

What more could you want in a story that takes only two days to read, and about 3/4's of the way through the book you know 'whodunit' - well maybe, but Stone is considering having sex with one of several other people, so the book can't end there.

High fangled plot shenighans, ludicrous situations, lots of ill-d
robert f eckelman
S Woods has done it again

I'm a real S Woods junkie. His stories are always entertaining and a good read !!! I'll be looking forward to his next book
Brian Leslie
This was another good Stone Barrington book. I liked seeing some old familiar characters brought back and the twists with them were good. Overall a good story and fun read.
Aug 11, 2014 Leona marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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(added this years later; read it before Goodreads)

Probably enjoyed it.

Newmarket library.
Trish (trishie7)
Really enjoying SB series -- witty, funny, sarcastic, great characters and the storyline is entertaining.
All the women is Stone's past are converging.. while he beds yet another one (yawn)
The author really knows how to hook you into wanting to read the series.
This series is great... Totally fun to read... I think this #7 of 29 books.
There were several "false" endings in this one but overall it was okay. It wasn't one of my favorites.
CJ Bro
Dec 26, 2011 CJ Bro rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ???
First Stuart Woods book I've read. Maybe I should have started with something else. This was one of the "Stone Barrington" series and I found the characters unbelievably shallow and the plot contrived. His dealings with the police were unrealistic given he was an ex-cop/lawyer from New York and unknown to the Palm Beach, Florida police detective with whom he was dealing. But, in fairness to Mr. Woods, he is a best-selling novelist many times over and I remain ... unpublished, so more power to hi ...more
Palm Beach in the winter, what's not to like
Jan 15, 2008 Kay rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one!
Shelves: mystery
What is wrong with me??? I keep buying these books [no I'm not even smart enough to borrow them or check them out from the library!]. After this book,I was ready to give them up but I do need something to clear my mind every once in awhile. I keep thinking one of these books will show me why women keep throwing themselves in Stone's bed! I'm still reading them and I've never discovered why all these women find Stone charming, but they are either gotten better or my reading tastes have declined!! ...more
Karen Williams
Dead in the water book two
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Stuart Woods is the author the New York Times-bestselling Stone Barrington series and Holly Barker series. He is an avid private pilot, flying his own jet on book tours. You may see his tour schedule and learn more about the author on his website.

More about Stuart Woods...
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