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Into the Darkness por Barbara Michaels
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Into the Darkness (edição 2008)

por Barbara Michaels

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Meg Venturi never expected the windfall she inherits when her grandfather dies. For some unknown reason the eccentric old millionaire has left her his profitable antique jewelry business. But there is a catch. Meg must share the business with an aloof, mysterious, and somewhat sinister young man called A. L. Riley. The town is whispering about her enigmatic new partner. Rumors spread about unspoken secrets, a dark and disturbing legacy . . . and murder. Soon a series of troubling events has Meg looking uncomfortably over her shoulder. The longer she stays in this tiny New England village the clearer two very troubling truths become: that all that glitters is definitely not gold . . . and that someone will stop at nothing to drive her away.… (mais)
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Título:Into the Darkness
Autores:Barbara Michaels
Informação:Harper (2008), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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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. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Jun 28, 2020 |
Into The Darkness
by Barbara Michaels
1990
Simon&Schuster

Good story, but rather slow. I enjoyed it, but dont think it's one of Michaels best.
Megan Venturi never really wanted to return to her hometown of Seldon. When her Grandfather suddenly passes away, Meg finds herself, unexpectedly, the owner of his antique jewelry business. The catch: she must share ownership with a man who she despises, Riley. Rumor about town says Riley shouldn't be trusted because of his dark past, and he was accused of the murder of a young woman.
Meg must decide if she want to keep the store.
And can she trust Riley, or is it all malicious rumor? ( )
  over.the.edge | Aug 21, 2019 |
Meg Venturi goes home when her beloved grandfather dies, to face the memories of the tragedy that killed her father, and has haunted her family ever since. As always, Barbara Michaels keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end, all the while keeping you entertained by not only great characters but by her vivid descriptions the history of jewelcrafting. ( )
  Catz314 | Oct 9, 2018 |
2.5 stars So far this is my least favorite Michaels book. I had the hardest time getting into it and it was so slow plus there wasn't much of a story to it. it was just a whole ot of page filler. blaaah.... ( )
  EmpressReece | Aug 22, 2016 |
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 almost more of 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 know more on 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 seem more real. 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 concentrated more on 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 more, but this one's still a keeper. ( )
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
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I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind.
Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. Crowned.
With lilies and with laurel they go;p but I an not resigned....

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I would like to thank all my friends in the antique jewelry business who gave so generously of their time and effort to help me with my research. 

Special mention goes to Carol Canty of Collage in Frederic,
who not only lent me her books but delivered them to my door;

And to Gene Rooney of Victorian Manor in New Market, Maryland, 
who answered all my questions and allowed me to peer over his shoulder while he carried out the goldsmith's chores at which he is so skilled.

Few friends would have gone to such lengths!
If I am in error on any point, the fault is mine, not his.
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Meg Venturi never expected the windfall she inherits when her grandfather dies. For some unknown reason the eccentric old millionaire has left her his profitable antique jewelry business. But there is a catch. Meg must share the business with an aloof, mysterious, and somewhat sinister young man called A. L. Riley. The town is whispering about her enigmatic new partner. Rumors spread about unspoken secrets, a dark and disturbing legacy . . . and murder. Soon a series of troubling events has Meg looking uncomfortably over her shoulder. The longer she stays in this tiny New England village the clearer two very troubling truths become: that all that glitters is definitely not gold . . . and that someone will stop at nothing to drive her away.

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