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Die in Plain Sight (Rarities Unlimited #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  4,242 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell creates another masterpiece of excitement and chills, passion and surprise

Die in Plain Sight When Lacey Quinn inherits the striking landscapes done by her late, much-loved grandfather, she believes they are as good as anything hanging in museums. But the paintings now in her possession are more than the works of a talented
Paperback, 518 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Avon (first published 2003)
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Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommended to jenjn79 by: random buy
The first hundred or so pages of this book nearly put me into a coma from boredom. I was so tempted to give up on the book completely and find something more interesting to read. Thankfully, it gets better...but not a whole lot. And like a lot of others have said, the ending left a lot to be desired.

For a lot of the book, it reads like a bunch of random scenes slapped together with no flow or cohesiveness. The early chapters are rather short and every single one jumps to a different focus charac
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Writing was good, however, it is irritating when the reader knows the plot while the protagonists are running around brainless. There were no surprises whatsoever at the revealings at the end, except wondering "why???".
Author: Elizabeth Lowell
First published: 2003
Length: 6104 kindle locations, 549 pages
Setting: Contemporary, Mostly around Pasadena, California.
Sex: Reasonably frequent and explicit.
Hero: Bodyguard / Guards art.
Heroine: Shop owner / painter.
Links: to Lowell’s Donovan series (Susa Donovan plays a major role).
Includes: Excerpt from When the Storm Breaks by Heather Lowell (Elizabeth’s daughter).

Lessons on California Plein Air (Impressionism) painting and artists.

I liked this one more than the last t
Taulant Salihu
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
People seem to have covered pretty much everything about it, so there's not much to say.
There was no suspense, for a good two hundred or more pages I thought this was a romance novel.
The ending leaves much to want. Altogether I didn't quite like it.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not all
Margaret Pinard
Jul 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Always like her books and this one had a really hunky guy involved in it. Yummy!
As I had mentioned in an earlier post, once I actually thought about it, it was quite noticeable that one of the main conflicts didn’t come around to be presented until about 60% into the book--the reason why Lacey has suddenly been targeted for murder as well as the significance of her grandfather’s paintings. Of course, there was a very glaringly obvious reason (greed for her Granddad’s unsigned paintings), but there was, of course, a very deliberate, underlying conspiracy to the entire ordeal ...more
Carbunkle Flux
Sep 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Die in Plain Sight by Elizabeth Lowell is slow, monotonous and absolutely full of filler.

I feel like I could end the review on this note and it would be apt, but I read 500 pages of this. I think I need to go just a little deeper as to what drew me through such a long book I ultimately decided I didn't care for (not that it was easy. You can see that it took me a month).

The story begins with Lacey Quinn, a cute young girl who owns a secondhand shop and has rich snooty parents she does not get on
May 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ebooks
Die in Plain Sight is a bit of an odd duck in the run of Elizabeth Lowell novels, straddling as it does the line between her Donovan series and her Rarities Unlimited ones. Goodreads classifies it as a Rarities book, but the two series are set in the same universe--and since it provides major camera time to Susa Donovan, the matriarch of the Donovan clan, it's hard not to call this a Donovan book.

Nonetheless the question is, how does this particular book stack up against either series? Our heroi
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K. McDonnell
Aug 28, 2016 rated it liked it
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Kathryn Bain
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I will admit I figured out most of this book half-way through, however, I still thought it was an enjoyable read. There wasn't much suspense, but I kept going just to see if I was right about the ending. Bad habit, wanting to be right.

I liked how she would give information on art throughout the book. Sometimes people just do a big info dump. I thought Ms. Lowell's were well placed where needed. I'll be the first to say I know nothing about art, but her information appeared very knowledgeable. F
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
The first 19 pages which encompass about 3 chapters and a prologue do not seem all that promising. None of the characters are all that interesting in their initial doings, but rather simple minded in their outlooks. I could be wrong without having read the two previous books in the series, but I'm usually right in my impressions. The main idea is an auction for charity and the main character wants to get a criticism on 3 canvases of her dead grandfather's paintings that she has inherited in full ...more
Alexandra Bogdanovic
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Don't be fooled by the 4-star rating. Technically I am giving this book 3.75 stars.
I liked it. I could even go so far as to say that I enjoyed it. I didn't love it though.
The plot featured a nice blend of mystery and romance, but I found myself questioning the relationship between Lacey and Ian. It seemed almost too good to be true from the beginning. They fell in love instantly, overcame any issues they encountered way too easily, and the lack of personal tension or struggle between them made
Lynn Demsky
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
“When Lacey Quinn inherits the striking landscapes done by her late, much-loved grandfather, she believes they are as good as anything hanging in museums. But the paintings now in her possession are more than the works of a talented master. They are anguished voices from the grave . . . crying murder! Lacey begins researching her grandfather's past -- and is rocked almost immediately by a strange series of violent events. Someone wants to steal her inheritance, to reduce the paintings to unrecog ...more
Jul 29, 2011 added it
I had been reading a well-written but hard to follow book while going through a lot of life stress. I found this book on the exchange table of my work and it relaxed me, though I cringed at lines like, "Temper burned along Ward's cheekbones." It is set in an area of California that I used to know, coastal Orange County, and involves something called the California plein air school of art. I have no idea if this is a real art movement or not, but the descriptions of the paintings are not evocativ ...more
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I was caught up in the Rarities Unlimited saga from #1 and while I was disappointed with the second one, this one revived my interest. As usual, I have to say, there is more 'romance' than I prefer, but the draw of rare goods and mystery and, now, characters I recognize, reel me in even more.

I enjoy figuring out the mystery as it goes along, discovering whether or not I am right at the end, and even while nay-saying the perfect bodies, I enjoy that dream world just a bit as well. ;) It's escape
Suzi Andrade
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book from a list of Mystery Audiobooks based on what the library had to say about it. I must have totally glossed over the romance part of their summary. I'm FAR from a prude, but I like my mysteries with a tad less of an in-depth description of the main characters bedroom activities. If you're not expecting it, it can make for a few awkward moments in the car or at work. Other than that, the story was pretty good. I liked the main character well enough, as well as her boyfriend an ...more
T.L. Schaefer
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is an older book, so I shouldn't have been surprised by the fact it is more of a romantic mystery than what we've come to view as romantic suspense.

By that I mean that the hero and heroine aren't tortured, scarred individuals who can only save on another, as we tend to see in today's romantic suspense/mysteries. Instead, they're reasonably well-adjusted people who are overwhelmingly attracted to each other, and find themselves thrust into a life-or-death mystery.

While I felt the art referen
Pam Koenig
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good, but something missing

I liked the mystery, even though I figured out who did it. The problem I had was, not that things happened to fast, but that certain things weren't done. Everyone insisted that the paintings were done by a famous painter, but nobody every asked what he looked like. No one ever asked how the main character's grandfather died, no body was found. The partner in the character's store went on a buying trip, but was never heard from again, just vague references that it might
Kelly Gysler
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Very well written mystery/murder story. Much interesting insight into the world of plein air from the artist's perspective. However, in hindsight, I should have waited a few days before writing my thoughts on this novel. Now, I realize that the plot was paper thin (pun) and I had already figured out the whole story at least a quarter of the way through. It was, I believe, a blouse ripper disguised as a murder mystery. Not used to reading this type of book I didn't really recognize it until later ...more
Kendall Williams
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
(spoilers ahead) I was disappointed with the book as I thought it would have a much deeper storyline than what was revealed. My first disappointment came in the relationship between Lacy and the guy (forgot his name) charged with watching Susa. One minute they'd met and the next it was as if they had been dating for years. No build up whatsoever. And as others have mentioned, the second, and major, disappointment, came in the hurried conclusion. It was so abrupt, I thought to myself I must have ...more
Karen Hufman
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Although I really liked the books, I did find it ended very abruptly. Lacey is a free spirit who owns a Lost Treasures store and also happens to be an artist. She inherited a large number of paintings from her 'Grandpa Rainbow' (I love the name, she named him that because he was always covered in paint) that she wants an expert to appraise. Some of his pictures include death scenes that are difficult to see but technically beautiful. These Death Scene paintings may be putting Lacey in harms way. ...more
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the best... I quite honestly didn't know out of the tangled web of colorful characters who was actually the killer. I had a hunch (which I was right) but the details up to and around it threw me a curve!! Hard to do! I really had to focus on who was connected to who as all were by blood or marriage, in one form or another. Very suspensful and held my curiosity to the end. This is now one my favorite crime/suspense/romance books I've read thus far. Truly a page turner, and even better on a ...more
Feb 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who like romance novels and lightweight mysteries, and I don't mean that in a bad way
Originally I was going to give it 3 stars. It's not the book's fault I didn't take sufficiently seriously the frequent repetition of the word "romance" in the review material scattered around the front and back of the book. This is about half romance novel and half mystery. The mystery part was fun, even if I figured it out halfway through, till it went completely over the top at the end.

But with a couple weeks to think about it, not being caught up in the "fun" of the mystery, the more stupid t
Pinto Neo
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Yawn! I think the plot sucks. At the end of the novel, the blackmailing grandfather is still welcomed by his family? He only appears to care for this one granddaughter because she can paint. The rest of the family he has no use for. The one he is supposed to care for, he leaves paintings which he had to leave behind because he was in fear of his life? The grandfather loves himself only. Get that right!
One too many bedroom scenes. and no surprise, after lustful encounters, the couple discover the
J. Ewbank
May 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a human, heartwarming, and good mystery wrapped up together. A lady is looking for information on her deceased grandfather who was a painter. She is sure that his painting are just as good as those found in California etc.

Pursuing information is a good bit of the story. I thought the painter was alive, and the was. Will make no sense to you unless you read this good story.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really really really really liked this book. REALLY! :-)

It was a truly unique story and I was immediately drawn into the story of how wheeling and dealing in the art world can be joyful and deadly at the same time. And the ramifications it can lead to.

I felt like I knew the characters and learn more about the art world, provenance of art while still enjoying a light read for the most part.

Great book!
Jan 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Like many of Ms. Lowell's books, this one is ripe with characters - almost too many to keep them straight. Typical of the St. Kilda, Rarities Unlimited series of books with a likable enough female character and a dashing (and always disarmingly handsome) hero. When I find an author that I like, I tend to read everything they've written, but fear that I will tire of the same style of writing by Ms. Lowell before I exhaust all her books.
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Individually and with co-author/husband Evan, Ann Maxwell has written over 60 novels and one work of non-fiction. There are 30 million copies of these books in print, as well as reprints in 30 foreign languages. Her novels range from science fiction to historical fiction, from romance to mystery. After working in contemporary and historical romance, she became an innovator in the genre of romantic ...more
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