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Zinnia by Jayne Castle
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Mar 01, 2011

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bookshelves: futuristic, psychic

You can’t fight Mother Nature. Psychic talents need the help of a human prism to help them focus and use their power to the fullest extent – just following the laws of synergy. But Nick has learned that most prisms don’t like to work with matrix-talents, and that’s what he is. But when he sends out a psychic probe, he gets a response from a strong prism in his casino – Zinnia has been wandering the casino, trying to figure out a way to get into Nick Chastain’s office because she’s convinced he had one of her clients kidnapped. Yep, this is the same Zinnia who was photographed coming out of the bedroom of a very influential businessman who also happened to be very much married - you’ll need to read the book to find out what that was all about! Now she’s on the front page again – after Nick convinced her he didn’t kidnap her client, she hied herself off to Morris’ bookshop, and discovered his body. Nick followed her to try to keep her out of trouble, but the combination of a murdered body, the owner of Chastain’s Casino, and The Scarlet Lady (aka Zinnia) was too much for the tabloids to ignore. And it seems that everywhere she turns, that tabloid photographer is there to put the worst spin on her activities, which doesn’t make her relatives happy – they’ve lost their place in society and are looking for Zinnia to make an advantageous marriage to put them back where they think they deserve to be (except for her brother Leo – he’s on her side). And then there’s Nick’s relatives, who love to keep reminding him that he’s a bastard in more than one way. If that’s not enough, they’ve got some mysterious deaths to figure out, and the mystery of the lost Third Chastain Expedition, and the difficulties of finding a marriage match for two decidedly unmatchable people - well, guess how that will turn out!

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