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French Silk

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  8,853 ratings  ·  411 reviews
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 Cass
Paperback, 562 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1991)
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Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

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Trash Nenia likes bad books. She will scrape the dregs of the thrift store bargain bins, looking for that vintage pulp that makes her heart go pitter-patter. Then Trash Nenia comes back home and dumps her haul where I, the poor sucker in this equation, am forced to read it. I don't even remember buying this book in my Trash Nenia fugue, but apparently I did because it's been sitting on my bookshelf gathering dust until finally, I decided
Oct 11, 2014 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 i
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️ 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
Apr 28, 2013 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.
Wendy Soliman
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book could have been cut in half. Still enjoyed the characters and the setting!
Feb 04, 2016 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)
Nick Stewart
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well plotted mystery with a deliciously trashy premise: scheming televangelist is murdered and the beautiful owner of a mail order lingerie company is the prime suspect! The New Orleans locale adds to the sultry, jasmine scented entertainment.
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
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
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
Sep 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspence
Not my favorite but Sandra Brown can still hit you with a plot twist.
Carol Storm
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved the steaming hot sex and the murder mystery that kept me guessing right up to the last few pages. Laughed my ass off at the eye-rolling antics of the over-the-top Born Again villains. Could have done without the nauseating sentimentality about sheltered southern womanhood and the crude racial stereotypes surrounding the childlike, promiscuous, voodoo-worshiping black fashion model. (Who exists just to make the chaste white heroine look even more pure and white!)
Sep 21, 2012 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
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
Gabriela Suarez
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 14, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
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 was definitely missing something for me. A nice epilogue could have really tied up the loose ends and made this story feel more complete.
My first Sandra Brown, always holds a special place in my heart.
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H sleeps with two other women after he meets the h, just to "get her out of his head". FOH with that nastiness.
I had trouble getting into the main characters. Most of them were unlikeable until nearly the end. There seemed to be a lot of anger, and some of the events were distressing. It is set in New Orleans, which is one of my least liked settings, probably because they are not only steeped in tradition but seemingly stuck in the past, not a place I like to be. What I like best in New Orleans is the food, and there was precious little about that, just Cafe du Monde. Ahh! Beignets! You can keep the coff ...more
Why did I read this when romantic suspense is not a favourite genre of mine? Probably because I needed a lighter book after reading a couple of heavies.

A famous evangelist attacks pornographers, and he includes in that list a lingerie catalogue famous for it erotic photos. He ends up dead and Clair, who is the owner of said lingerie company, becomes the primary suspect, even though there is a nasty widow having an affair with her son-in-law.

All pretty standard stuff. I am always put off but the
Judy Churchill
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
French Silk, an upscale lingerie store, is the protagonist‘s business. Although this is an early novel of Brown’s, it is exciting and full of action with an intricate plot. The characters are interesting, too.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this story. It had lots of twists and turns and kept me guessing until the end. I did like how it ended.
Stacie Tyndal
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Candi Goldman
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 08, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
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