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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  2,428 ratings  ·  269 reviews
If you enjoy Elizabeth Peter’s Vicky Bliss series or Romancing the Stone, Elusive has the same mix of mystery, international travel, and light romance.

Zoe Hunter loves living on the edge. Free-spirited and spontaneous, she’s built a life stringing together various freelance gigs that keep her bank account barely in the black.

But when her ex, Jack, goes missing along with
Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published August 30th 2012 by Sara Rosett (first published August 1st 2012)
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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
Jennifer S. Alderson
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Fun and excited read set in the US, Naples and Venice, one I coincidentally took with me on a recent trip to Naples which made it even more interesting. Loved the travel writer turned reluctant sleuth lead character and the adventurous storyline. I've already downloaded another book in the series.
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.
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Fun and fast-paced. I'm looking forward to continuing on with the series, despite a few minor quibbles.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Sara Rosett's Elusive, the first installment in the On the Run serial cozy mystery series, hold onto your seats into this action-packed novel that would take you onto an adventure. For Zoe Hunter, she worked as a copy-editor for a travel guidebook series, when her life was turned upside down. When the police informed her that her ex-husband Jack was missing during the storm, they believed she was a suspect, when he was in the trouble with the law and the FBI. On her own, she looked for clues ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was full of action and intrigue. I enjoyed the entire book. I loved the characters and how they interacted with each other. I am going to look into more books from this author.
Linda Carroll-Bradd
I thoroughly enjoyed this caper-style mystery. The characters were engaging and vulnerable with enough snappy dialogue to keep their divorce alive. Descriptions of all locales provided great visual details.
Marika Charalambous
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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
R J Mckay
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nancy Johnson
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessica Zielinski
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Easy read...but horribly misinformed

The book isn't bad. I read it in a day. It's not exciting at any point, and I had no real desire to keep reading. The whole books feels like it's getting ready for the good part.

My main issue with this is the writing. First, albeit is one word. But mainly, the book spends a lot of time on a business. The problem is the author has no idea what she's talking about. It's a small startup, with three employees and one of the two owners is living paycheck to payche
Cynthia Raleigh
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Nikki Martin
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
PeggyAnn  Smith
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Elusive' is one of those books that pull you in from the beginning and doesn't let go. I love the storyline. Full of mystery, suspense, thrilling adventures and a hint of a blossoming romance. The way the story played out was quite adventurous. I loved Zoe's character. She definitely surprised me. I look forward to reading more in this series. A must add to your tbr list. Recommended.
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good! Kept my interest till the end and every time I read I was eager to get back to it! Definitely gonna buy next in series :)
Martin Pingree
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This turned out to be a very good read. Took awhile to get you interested but it eventually got there.
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read this twice and enjoyed it both times.
Fun, quirky characters. A mystery, with some danger and a tiny bit of romance.

Kat Jones
It was well done, except for the end which felt a bit jumbled, though that could be due to multiple puppy interruptions. It just didn't quite click with me for some reason. Our main character is a divorcee that can't afford to live by herself, especially since the house isn't even really worth what they paid for it, so a year later she's living in the downstairs of the house she shares with her ex husband. One day she thinks he's home for his usual post run shower, but unfortunately it's a burgl ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written

Zoe and Jack are divorced, and maintain separate lives while sharing the same house. After a bad storm with tornados and damaging winds, Zoe is shocked when two local Police officers show up to tell her that it appears her ex is missing and presumed dead. While feeling helpless, Zoe decides she better notify her ex's only family, a cousin in Vegas. When the cousin denies knowing Jack, she's shocked and caught off guard. Her next step is to go to her ex's company office and tell the S
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, travels
I put off reading this book for a while, I liked the synopsis but I wasn't sure if I really would like it or not. So after a year of it being on my Kindle I finally read it and I can't believe how much time I've wasted! This has become a series of five books in total and if the other four are as good as the first one was I cannot wait to read them!

Rosett does a great job building characters, scenes and mystery as we are pulled into the plot of "Elusive".

Zoe's life is pretty average until her ex
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this one to try because I really enjoyed her Murder on Location series. Apparently they are all self-published - I can't find any ISBNs. I enjoyed this one, too. A somewhat similar heroine to the one in On Location, this one a divorced woman Zoe who is still living in the same house as her ex (Jack) because they can't get it sold. She manages to support herself with travel book edits and various odd jobs after deciding the cubicle life was not for her. When Jack's business partner is mu ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: free-book, 2017
Not a bad romantic suspense. Zoe is the owner of an office building which houses the company owned by her ex-husband Jack and his partner. Not coincidentally, the ex still lives in the home she owns. When Jack goes missing, Zoe decides to stop by the office to tell the partner and discovers he's been murdered. She decides to look in Jack's half of the house to see if she can find any clues and discovers there are a lot of secrets he's kept from her -- clearly his past isn't as white bread as he' ...more
Emily M
This wasn't as much my cup of tea as the Kate Sharp series, and the only reason any good guys were alive is because the bad guys acted out of character, repeatedly, by not just killing them when they had the chance. I've seen enough action movies to know that Zoe and Jack should be dead five times over. But I appreciated that the story was clean, I liked the Bourne-inspired plot (dying and cutting her hair! Sneaking past police!) once things finally got going past the slow start, and I like the ...more
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USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett writes cozy mysteries. Her books are fun escapes for readers who like interesting settings, quirky characters, and puzzling mysteries. Publishers Weekly called Sara's books, "satisfying," "well-executed," and "sparkling."

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Other books in the series

On the Run (6 books)
  • Secretive (On The Run #2)
  • Deceptive (On the Run, #3)
  • Suspicious (On the Run, #4)
  • Devious (On the Run #5)
  • Treacherous  (On the Run, #6)
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