Books by Elizabeth Lowell

BEAUTIFUL SACRIFICE by Elizabeth Lowell
Released: May 22, 2012

"With a twisting plot, and some moments of inspired dialogue and sizzling romance, this book will keep most readers engaged, but some pacing and plotting missteps keep it from being great—not Lowell at her finest."
Archaeologist Lina Taylor is a specialist in Mayan culture, with a stellar professional resume and a personal history that links back to ancient Mayan royalty rooted in sacred lands in Mexico. Read full book review >
DEATH ECHO by Elizabeth Lowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 2010

"The predictable romance decreases the suspense in this low-wattage thriller."
An international espionage crisis mixes with lighthearted romance on the high seas. Read full book review >
THE WRONG HOSTAGE by Elizabeth Lowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2006

"A nicely written whodunit with a satisfying payoff."
South-of-the-border mayhem, with refreshing twists amid the genre conventions. Read full book review >
ALWAYS TIME TO DIE by Elizabeth Lowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"Skillfully handled entertainment, with a bonus in reader-friendly lessons in how to launder money, spike a drink and read a genomics report."
A mayhem-on-the-mesa mystery by mega-selling genre author Lowell (The Color of Death, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >
THE COLOR OF DEATH by Elizabeth Lowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2004

"James Patterson-style microchapters, some not even a page long, keep things moving, but the end result is no big whoop. "
Gem cutter gets cracking, from the hugely popular author of, most recently, Running Scared (2002). Read full book review >
MOVING TARGET by Elizabeth Lowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"Romancer Lowell (Midnight in Ruby Bayou, 2000, etc.) has done her rare-book research, and it's all here—along with a Nancy Drew-ish plot and prose that's about as subtle as a calliope."
A legendary illuminated manuscript has vanished—or has it? Read full book review >
RUNNING SCARED by Elizabeth Lowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Fast-moving romantic suspenser that gets off to a good start, but the Keystone Kops-like complications are just plain silly. From the indefatigable author of similar tales of priceless art and improbable crooks (Moving Target, 2001, etc.)."
Ancient Celtic gold has everyone running in circles. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT IN RUBY BAYOU by Elizabeth Lowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"As in earlier entries, Lowell lards her yarn with jewelry lore. Series alumnae will feel as comfortable around Harry Winston as they do in the bedroom."
The last volume in romancer Lowell's gem tetralogy (Pearl Cove, 1999, etc.) recycles pretty much the same successful story for the fourth time. Read full book review >
PEARL COVE by Elizabeth Lowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 1999

In her third steamy romance about the gem-dealing Donovans (Amber Beach, 1997, etc.), Lowell joins Nora Roberts in the celebration of lusty heroes with large, loving families. Archer, the eldest of the Donovans, is a pearl lover and former government operative. Though he has forsaken the terrible loneliness of trouble-shooting for "Uncle" and gone to work in the mineral import-export business of his family, he hasn't forgotten his deadly skills or lost his hair-trigger reflexes. Which is all to the good when Hannah McGarry, the widow of his half-brother Len, involves him in the search for a priceless set of pearls that has become implicated variously in the shadowy interests of the Chinese, Australian, and US governments. After Len is murdered at his Australian pearl farm, Hannah sends for Archer because her own life is in danger. Len, it seems, was a ruthless, obsessed fellow who had developed a priceless black pearl, and now the major pearl interests believe that Hannah knows its secret formula, though in truth Len never told her any part of his culturing methods. A bitter paraplegic, he merely exploited her genius for sorting pearls and withheld his love. Hannah now makes the mistake of believing that Archer is the same species of ruthless tough guy that Len was. While Archer can be as ruthless as he has to be, underneath those hard muscles and behind that hairy chest, he's just a love-hungry teddy bear who has always had the hots for Hannah. As Lowell interweaves Hannah and Archer's romantic tussle with a virtual handbook of pearl culturing, buying, history, and lore, Archer sneaks the voluptuous Hannah out of Australia and back to the protection of his family home in Seattle. Supported by the Donovans, the pair vanquish the bad guys along with all the barriers to marriage and babies. Strong, interesting, and sexy characters—and, happily for lovers of romance and priceless jewels, there are still three Donovan siblings to go. ($150,000 ad/promo) Read full book review >
AMBER BEACH by Elizabeth Lowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

A well-made, completely predictable and unchallenging second hardcover from Lowell (Winter Fire, 1996)—a romance that offers all the sexual tension, adventure, and squishy clichÇs that fans of the genre could possibly want. Tough Jake Mallory (Jake being this year's romance-novel nom de choice for soldiers of fortune and macho men) passes himself off as a fishing guide in order to keep tabs on Honor Donovan, a jewelry designer who's searching for her lost brother Kyle in the San Juan Islands. (Honor needs a boat to find Kyle, and she doesn't know how to pilot a boat; in fact, she hates boats, and she hates fishing.) Kyle, it seems, has disappeared from Russia with a million dollars' worth of Baltic amber and, perhaps, a priceless panel from the famous Amber Room, which had been disassembled and taken from a czar's palace by the Nazis. Jake (``Been there . . . done that . . . got the T shirt'') is a former government agent who now manages his own international investment company. Like most heroes of his ilk, he comes complete with scars, black stubble, and the requisite ``clean fingernails'' (which is typical for the genre: only villains have problems with personal hygiene). Jake believes that Kyle and the Donovans, a colorful family, have framed him for the crime; Kyle's family believes that Jake has set Kyle up; and the CIA is trailing Jake and Honor to get its hands on the Amber Room, as are the Russian mafiya, a Lithuanian freedom fighter, ex-employees of the former KGB, and the Coast Guard. While he strives to clear his name, Jake teaches Honor how to drive a speedboat, catch salmon, and have good sex, which heretofore she'd always found pretty ``boring.'' Some parts of his job are, obviously, more fun than others. Much livelier than Winter Fire, and perhaps the beginning of a series. Read full book review >
WINTER FIRE by Elizabeth Lowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

Lowell's first hardcover romance—as well as Avon's—is a solid if unexceptional effort by a prolific writer in the genre. Sarah Kennedy's parents die in a flood, and, at 14, Sarah takes her younger brother Conner and answers the ad of a man looking for a wife in Utah Territory. New husband, Hal, however, is coarse and abusive, and when he's killed, Sarah doesn't mourn him. She stays on at Lost River Canyon ranch with former prostitute Lola and the outlaw Indian, Ute, whose life she saved (she also rescues hawks and eagles). They search among the red canyons for the hoard of Spanish silver Sarah's no-good husband found before he died, when onto the scene comes battle-weary and soul-sore Case Maxwell (from Lowell's paperback Autumn Fire). Poor Case hasn't laughed or loved, or wanted to, since Ab Culpepper savaged and killed his niece and nephew after the Civil War. Now he's vowed to kill the Culpeppers, all of whom have moved to Utah and settled in as Sarah's neighbors. When Case is badly wounded in a shootout with the them, Sarah nurses him back to health (naturally, he has a wonderful body), and so he stays on at the ranch because he wants to protect her—and because, for some reason, he just can't make himself leave. It's the call of the land, he thinks, or maybe just his dumb old ``handle'' leading him around. After lots of sexual tension and cloaked vulnerability, Case shows Sarah that sex can be swell. Genre romance is like Olympic figure skating: The music and costumes change, but there are always the same double lutzes and triple salchows. Lowell (who as A.E. Maxwell also writes mysteries with husband Evan) performs creditably, but rings no changes on the genre. Formula work, well done. (First printing of 175,000) Read full book review >