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#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown delivers a thrilling tale of murder, desire, and fatal secrets... 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' ...more
Audiobook, Unabridged, 16 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Brilliance Corporation (first published 1991)
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Mo
Oct 14, 2014 Mo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition



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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Pepa
Apr 23, 2016 Pepa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suelo acertar el 90% de los culpables en los libros de suspense romántico, así que el 10% restante ya tienen una estrella ganada.
He de decir que en este caso, lo pensé, pero también creí que era tan tan claro que no podía ser. Sandra brown me engañó. Bravo.
Por lo demás, una novela bien escrita, muy poco romántica aunque hay química la mayor parte de la novela. Hay un abanico de personajes, con los que la autora juega y cualquiera de ellos puede ser el culpable.
Ciertas críticas me han parecido a
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Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️
Sep 03, 2014 Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and 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
May 05, 2013 Cecilia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ya~
Feb 28, 2016 Ya~ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sandra-brown
The plot points mostly center around the lies told by multiple characters. These lies especially coming from the heroine seem forced and annoying. I do enjoy the mystery that keeps me guessing the whole time, but this long book is also very easy to put down. BTW, the ending is kind of crappy.

Note: OW? (view spoiler)
Wendy Soliman
Apr 26, 2011 Wendy Soliman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Fátima
Apr 16, 2016 Fátima rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
4 estrellas merecidísimas!
Una forma perfecta de narrar suspense (llegas a sospechar hasta de tu sombra) y romance.
Me habían recomendado este libro y esta autora desde hace mucho tiempo, es el primero que leo de Sandra Brown y ya estoy deseando que caiga otro en mis manos!
Donna
Oct 17, 2012 Donna rated it liked it
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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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
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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Samantha
Jun 30, 2016 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una trama muy bien desarrollada, unos diálogos excelentes, un caso de asesinato en el que hay distintos personajes que parecen culpables, muy bien construidos. Como siempre me pasa con esta autora, me quedo enganchada con sus novelas.
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many 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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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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Britt
Sep 21, 2012 Britt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Gabriela Suarez
Jun 25, 2011 Gabriela Suarez rated it it was amazing  ·  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
TG
Apr 05, 2014 TG rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
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.
Sue
Supposedly unabridged version of 6 hours plus but other unabridged version 15 hours plus therefore half the rating marks.
Geo Marcovici
Mar 17, 2016 Geo Marcovici rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alta carte superba a unei autoare dragi mie!
Julie
Jul 18, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mystery
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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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
Jun 22, 2013 Stacie Tyndal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
MJ
Apr 19, 2016 MJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For me, this is a good book for an airplane ride, or for the beach, as those are the times when I want something easy to read, but not a lot of substance or suspense. Predictable and contrived, and easy to put down and pick up again later.
Jennifer Margeson
Mar 06, 2016 Jennifer Margeson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
solid 3.5 stars - easy read and i have to say the changes in technology over the years made me simle in this novel. happily enjoyed at a surface level, which is all i needed. will happily keep reading Sandra Brown novels, old or new
Candi Goldman
Jan 05, 2013 Candi Goldman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Marty
Jul 19, 2015 Marty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Several people have recommended Sandra Brown mysteries to me. I was told that she writes stories with strong women who are not the run-of-the mill characters. This is the first Sandra Brown I’ve read and it certainly fits that description. Set in New Orleans, Claire Laurent is the founder of French Silk, a successful lingerie company providing sexy beautiful clothing at a reasonable price. Her catalogues feature her creations in beautiful pictures that appeal to feminine fantasies. She is now be ...more
Su
Feb 25, 2014 Su rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Andrea Porco
Mar 17, 2014 Andrea Porco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Laura Elizabeth
This was my first Sandra Brown novel; at my grandmother's request. She loves Ms. Brown and her works, but I can't say the same.

I found this to be a lot of "fake outs" where they convince you its someone at fault, then change it and change it again, trying to have a lot of twists. Mostly its like obvious red herrings.

Better luck reading!
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