The Tell-Tale Treasure
Rosie Renard, owner of a secondhand shop in St. Petersburg, Florida, opens a footlocker from an estate sale. She finds a shimmering concert gown and a photo of an erhu—an exotic violin-like instrument—embellished with a carved dragon. Ivy Chen, a world-renowned musician, disappeared from St. Petersburg, after giving three concerts in the area several years ago. Are the items hers? Photos of Miss Chen were all over the media with details about her final day of freedom. Leads surfaced, but an arrest was never made.
Rosie calls the police, describes the contents of the footlocker, and points out the startling fact that newspaper pages in the footlocker are recent. Wasting no time, detectives track down leads and re-examine everything from the original investigation. The cold case heats up. New clues suggest a possible kidnapper. Rosie knows the torment of losing a family member to a kidnapper, and she is highly motivated to help the detectives. They must be careful. If newspapers announce that new evidence has surfaced and give Rosie’s name, the violent suspect might kill Ivy and pursue Rosie.
In captivity, Ivy, beaten and weakened, relies on the power of her erhu to escape from her captor, who is obsessed by her music. Can she forsake her basic beliefs and kill him? Can Rosie survive a physical confrontation with him? The clock is ticking and every second counts.
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Great Story, Strong Characters
I purchased a hard copy of this book since the story sounded intriguing. I love old shops and their "treasure" and I too frequently think of where those things have been before and the lives they touched. Strong female characters, including one who has been kidnapped, named Ivey Chen. She uses images and stories told her from her childhood to sustain her during a three year captivity by a brute of a man. I found the character named Jane going after this guy on her bike a bit of a stretch, and no one in their right mind would do this. The only unsatisfactory thing I found was the lack of development of Frank Brandt. It would have added to the story to know a little more about him. WHY was he so brutish that he kills his own sister and just dumps her like trash? I would not want a lot of backstory, but a little more of how he came to be this way. As a mystery-suspense, it definitely delivers as a good, fast paced read. Action galore, and lots of characters points of view to keep it moving. You will enjoy this one!