Smoke in Mirrors

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2002 - Fiction - 320 pages
"Leo, if you're reading this, I'm dead." "A con artist and seductress, Meredith Spooner lived fast and died young. Now it appears that Meredith's last scam is coming back to haunt her friend Leonora Hutton. An e-mail has just arrived in which Meredith - in fear for her life, but as feisty as ever - explains that well over a million dollars in embezzled funds is waiting for Leonora in an offshore account...and a safe-deposit key is on the way." "Leonora wants nothing to do with the tainted money, taken from an endowment fund at a small college. She's already been accused of being in on the theft by Thomas Walker - who, apparently, was a victim of Meredith's knack for both scams and seductions. Eager to prove him wrong and escape this mess, Leonora sets out to collect the cash and hand it over." "But there are two other items in the safe-deposit box. One is a book about Mirror House, where Meredith engineered her final deception - a mansion filled with antique looking-glasses that produce a dizzying infinity of reflections. The other is a set of newspaper stories about a thirty-year-old murder that occurred there, a murder unsolved to this day." "Now Leonora has an offer for Thomas Walker. She'll hand over the money, if he helps her figure out what's happening. In her e-mail, Meredith described Walker as "a man you can trust." But in a funhouse-mirror world of illusion and distortion, Leonora may be out of her league."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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A romance and mystery from an established author is really more romance than a mystery but with solid plotting and plenty of character theories you will be satisfied by both. Read full review

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Leonora Hutton just wants to find out what happened to Meredith Spooner - after all, it isn't every day someone leaves you over a million dollars in embezzled funds. When Thomas Walker meets Leonora ... Read full review


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Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a master's degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. Her novels include Truth or Dare, All Night Long, Copper Beach, and River Road. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance. In 2015 she made The New York Times Best Seller List with both Trust Me and Trust No One.

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