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The Color of Death

(2004)
(The fourth book in the Rarities Unlimited series)
A novel by

 
 
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Jeweler Kate Chandler is slated to cut the fabulous Seven Sins cluster of sapphires, but then comes murder. One-day laydown: June 15. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Gem cutter gets cracking, from the hugely popular author of, most recently, Running Scared (2002). When her gay half-brother Lee Mandel disappears, Kat Chandler wants answers. Was Lee murdered by mysterious South American baddies trying to get their swarthy hands on the Seven Sins, rare natural sapphires that everyone wants? Could be-and Kat might have stumbled on the first of these matchless stones. Next: explanations. Lowell (a.k.a. mystery writer A.E. Maxwell, a husband-and-wife team) dutifully covers absolutely everything there is to know about precious and semi-precious stones, gem dealing, and the so-called science of gemology, providing exhaustive detail on various techniques to improve the appearance of colored stones and hence raise their value to unsuspecting buyers. A handsome cop pops up as a love interest and brawny shoulder to cry on, as do more bad guys, including Peyton Hall, the whining, ambitious, unscrupulous son of jewelry retailers and his bitchy girlfriend Sharon Sizemore, who's into picking her cuticles and watching porn when not plotting everyone's downfall. Were the Seven Sins stolen by Lee dressed in drag? Hey, maybe he's still alive! Is Jack Kirby, a former fed, in cahoots with Sharon's father, a hard-bitten security expert? And check out all those people skulking around in dopey disguises (the story's chock-a-block with wigs, stuffed bras, and even fake facial hair)-what's up with that? A few obligatory references to scary people like crack whores are thrown in here and there-as if this ladylike author ever got near one. In fact, much of this seems to have been written by someone else, and the dated tough-guy prose borders on the ridiculous: "White went out ofthe van like a hundred-and-seventy-pound cat. His lead-filled sap hit the base of her skull with a meaty sound." James Patterson-style microchapters, some not even a page long, keep things moving, but the end result is no big whoop.

Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Hardback Editions

June 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Color of Death
Author(s): Elizabeth Lowell
ISBN: 0-06-050413-7 / 978-0-06-050413-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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Paperback Editions

May 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Color of Death
Author(s): Elizabeth Lowell
ISBN: 0-06-050414-5 / 978-0-06-050414-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon
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2004 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Color Death
Author(s): Elizabeth Lowell
ISBN: 0-06-113718-9 / 978-0-06-113718-1 (USA edition)
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January 2005 : Australia Paperback

Title: Colour of Death
Author(s): Elizabeth Lowell
ISBN: 0-7322-8053-2 / 978-0-7322-8053-6 (Australia edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
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June 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Color of Death
Author(s): Elizabeth Lowell
ISBN: 0-06-072687-3 / 978-0-06-072687-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Large Print
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2004 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Colour of Death
Author(s): Elizabeth Lowell
ISBN: 0-7322-8054-0 / 978-0-7322-8054-3 (Australia edition)
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Audio Editions

July 2004 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Color of Death Lib/E (Rarities Unlimited)
Author(s): Elizabeth Lowell
ISBN: 0-7927-3256-1 / 978-0-7927-3256-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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July 2004 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Color of Death (Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries)
Author(s): Elizabeth Lowell
ISBN: 0-7927-3257-X / 978-0-7927-3257-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audiogo
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July 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Color of Death: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Elizabeth Lowell
ISBN: 0-7927-3255-3 / 978-0-7927-3255-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sound Library
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June 2004 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Color of Death
Author(s): Elizabeth Lowell
Publisher: HarperAudio
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June 2004 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Color of Death
Author(s): Elizabeth Lowell
Publisher: HarperAudio
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June 2004 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Color of Death
Author(s): Elizabeth Lowell
Publisher: HarperAudio
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June 2004 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Color of Death CD
Author(s): Elizabeth Lowell
ISBN: 0-06-075760-4 / 978-0-06-075760-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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June 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Color of Death
Author(s): Elizabeth Lowell
ISBN: 0-06-072301-7 / 978-0-06-072301-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Color of Death (Rarities Unlimited Book 4)
Author(s): Elizabeth Lowell
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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