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Into the Darkness Upon the death of her grandfather, Meg Venturi unexpectedly inherits the eccentric millionaires antique jewelry business There is one catch to her sudden windfall she must share the wealth with a taciturn and oddly attractive young man who has an entire town stirring up rumors about murderous secrets and a dark legacy Now Meg is about to learn the truth behind an old adage all that glitters is not gold True romantic suspense, this book was written in 1990 and has a touch of the contemporary in it Our heroine is no shrinking violet, is well aware of her own strengths, and has a life of her own When her grandfather dies, she is called back to her hometown where she must face her past and present and find out the truths about them This being Barbara Michael, you know there will be romance at some point This book didn t disappoint and I was happy with how things resolved in that aspect of the True romantic suspense, this book was written in 1990 and has a touch of the contemporary in it Our heroine is no shrinking violet, is well aware of her own strengths, and has a life of her own When her grandfather dies, she is called back to her hometown where she must face her past and present and find out the truths about them This being Barbara Michael, you know there will be romance at some point This book didn t disappoint and I was happy with how things resolved in that aspect of the story The suspense part was most excellent and kept me guessing until the end There are a few hints of beyond the grave help, but they aren t overwhelming In short, this is a good romantic suspense story, written by one of the great authors in the genre If that is what you are looking for, you ll enjoy this book Add in any interest in old jewelry, and this is the perfect book to read For a change, there is never anything supernaturally suspected in this novel, nor do we have the huge, rambling Victorian house There s of course the trademark cat that gets in the way, coupled with typical character humor It s almostof a Elizabeth Peters mystery than a Barbara Michaels one, so don t go in expecting the typical Instead Michaels seemed to want to focus the energy she usually spends on ghosts in mansions on the mystery of old jewelery Not as fun to me, but still a worthy For a change, there is never anything supernaturally suspected in this novel, nor do we have the huge, rambling Victorian house There s of course the trademark cat that gets in the way, coupled with typical character humor It s almostof a Elizabeth Peters mystery than a Barbara Michaels one, so don t go in expecting the typical Instead Michaels seemed to want to focus the energy she usually spends on ghosts in mansions on the mystery of old jewelery Not as fun to me, but still a worthy venture She seems to have either thoroughly done the needed research, or else has knowledge about jewelry as much as she does houses, cats, the supernatural, and Egypt You will knowon old jewelry and rose gardening by the time the book is through, yet thankfully it s not given in a preachy manner, and only a need to know basis.Blessed with a fiery, feisty, conscience plagued heroine, the mixing pot of people was fun as always Meg s nasty temper and sharp tongue seemed lovingly adored by her hysterical relative Cliff, while her softened attitude never seemed to ruffle the mysterious partner, Riley The grandmother was an enjoyment to read about, too, as her eccentric personality brought a smile to my face.Into the Darkness is blessed with an array of background characters, many not what they seem Meg s background and relationships were far from socially normal, which was a surprise It s refreshing to read about a flawed character since it makes them seemreal There s the touch of personal tragedy involved that was just sad, and that s how the novel opens With a horrendous memory no child should go through, let alone remember so many details of.Mystery wise, it s a rich one I sadly guessed before the novel was through It was tightly woven, though, so many may not gauge the culprit I just used the ol Agatha Christie trick of guessing who it was least likely to be The pace is pretty swift and it was hard to grow bored, and for once Michaels concentratedon romantic build up This was a blessing and there was actually gasp some sexual hints Truthfully I wasn t entirely sure who she d end up with, and I would have been happy no matter which she chose Never has she indulged in subtle kissing or mild erotic thoughts freely, which is a shame for perverted readers like yours truly.It s an enjoyable book but, again, don t go in expecting the typical gothic, fog enshrouding tale Instead read it for what it is a light mystery with cute characters, a strong heroine, and a plaguing history The story just wasn t as interesting as most of her other stuff, without the layers of detail and deception I admit liking her other themes , but this one s still a keeper Meg Venturi is called back to her small hometown when her grandfather Dan dies Unfortunately for Meg s plans to leave as soon as possible, it turns out that Dan left her half the family jewelry business, which Meg has been trying to leave behind because of a family tragedy when she was very young Even worse, the other half of the business belongs to enigmatic, terse Riley, who turns out to be a genius in designing jewelry but suspected by half the town of having murdered Dan.This is one of my Meg Venturi is called back to her small hometown when her grandfather Dan dies Unfortunately for Meg s plans to leave as soon as possible, it turns out that Dan left her half the family jewelry business, which Meg has been trying to leave behind because of a family tragedy when she was very young Even worse, the other half of the business belongs to enigmatic, terse Riley, who turns out to be a genius in designing jewelry but suspected by half the town of having murdered Dan.This is one of my favorite Michaels books Meg is a great heroine, smart, stubborn, and often cranky, and the romance works for me really well The plot moves right along to a tense ending in which Meg gets to be the courageous rescuer And I love the jewelry and gemstone knowledge and lore throughout ever since I read Into the Darkness and learned about regard rings, I ve wanted one that spells out my name Barbara Michaels pens two kinds of thrillers lackluster and dull with unsympathetic characters, and sparkling, vivid and populated by real people This, thankfully, is one of the latter, a delightfully twisted mystery that sparkles as much as any of the gems.Whether the author is writing as Barbara Michaels or as Elizabeth Peters , you are likely to get strong and interesting characters At heart, this mystery has a lot in common with the gothic romances I read in my youth except that t Barbara Michaels pens two kinds of thrillers lackluster and dull with unsympathetic characters, and sparkling, vivid and populated by real people This, thankfully, is one of the latter, a delightfully twisted mystery that sparkles as much as any of the gems.Whether the author is writing as Barbara Michaels or as Elizabeth Peters , you are likely to get strong and interesting characters At heart, this mystery has a lot in common with the gothic romances I read in my youth except that the heroine s grandfather was popular instead of universally hated by the villagers I enjoyed the painless lessons on jewels particularly since I also find diamonds boring Heroine Meg has four men to consider Nick, her current boyfriend from New York Cliff, her handsome stepcousin Darren, the old schoolmate become family lawyer and the aloof, mysterious Riley, widely believed to have murdered his benefactor, Meg s grandfather The old hand at gothic romances will be looking for the clues that will spell out which of these men is the blackguard in disguise and will probably still be surprised in the end There s a Old Family Scandal that needs to be revisited, a housekeeper who loves to play the roles of certain famous fictional housekeepers including the infamous Mrs Danvers , an old fashioned gentlewoman of a grandmother, and a treat of a cat unless you re a cat hater There are other characters with their own stories and personalities I ll leave you to make their acquaintance in your own good time Notes Meg s grandfather s opinion to the contrary, it takes courage to seek therapy It takescourage to try again if the first professional you turn to doesn t work out For those who have read many of the author s books under both names, I should explain that INTO THE DARKNESS is really in the Elizabeth Peters style so they won t read this book with the wrong expectations, as I did

  • Paperback
  • 323 pages
  • Into the Darkness
  • Barbara Michaels
  • English
  • 15 July 2017
  • 042512892X

About the Author: Barbara Michaels

Barbara Michaels was a pen name of Barbara Mertz She also wrote as Elizabeth Peters, as well as under her own name She was born in Canton, Illinois and has written over fifty books including some in Egyptology Dr Mertz also holds a Ph.D from the University of Chicago in Egyptology.


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