Moving Target



Moving Target When You Read This, I Ll Be Dead These Are The Troubling Words Serena Charters S Grandmother Has Written On A Note Accompanying Four Pages Of A Centuries Old Illuminated Manuscript Delivered After The Old Woman S Passing That The Strange Inheritance Has Considerable Worth Seems Obvious But What Serena Doesn T Realize Is How Many Secrets It Hidesand How Many Lives It Has Already CostSeeking Answers, She Turns For Professional Help To Rarities Unlimited, And Specifically To Erik North, A Reclusive Manuscript Appraiser With A Passion For The Past, Its People, And Its Treasures But Erik S Careful Examination Of The Vellum Pages And The Agonized Jottings Of A Medieval Scribe Is Raising Perplexing Questions About The True Importance Of Serena S Legacy, The Possible Location Of The Remainder Of The Lost Manuscriptand The Senseless Murder Of An Eccentric Old Woman In The Blistering Heat Of California S Mojave DesertA Spellbinder That Bristles With Almost Unbearable Intensity, Elizabeth Lowell S Moving Target Is A Masterful Tale Of Intrigue, Secrets, Danger, And Murder A Breathtaking Work That Brings One Of America S Favorite Storytellers To An Electrifying New Level

10 thoughts on “Moving Target

  1. says:

    Moving Target, the first of her Rarities Unlimited series, is perhaps my favorite of all of Elizabeth Lowell s books Not because she does anything hugely different in this book that she does from the rest of them, mind you butbecause she happens in this one to mix all of her plot and character ingredients into the exact right recipe to suit my personal tastes.Serena Charters inherits an ancient manuscript when her grandmother is murdered Like you do in these sorts of plots, soon discove Moving Target, the first of her Rarities Unlimited series, is perhaps my favorite of all of Elizabeth Lowell s books Not because she does anything hugely different in this book that she does from the rest of them, mind you butbecause she happens in this one to mix all of her plot and character ingredients into the exact right recipe to suit my personal tastes.Serena Charters inherits an ancient manuscript when her grandmother is murdered Like you do in these sorts of plots, soon discovers that she s the latest in a long descent of women, all of whom have the name Serena, charged to guard this manuscript and keep it safe and secret And when there s an ongoing plot to keep something secret, there are naturally those who are out to get their hands on it In this case, there s a wealthy patriarch desperate to lay his hands on the Book of the Learned, no matter what it takes.Meanwhile Erik North, our hero, is a manuscript appraiser employed by Rarities Unlimited Erik too has been seeking the Book of the Learned for his own reasons, and, again like you do in these sorts of plots, soon enough teams up with Serena to find and protect it.And hands down, Serena and Erik are the two big draws for me in this book I like the female focused backstory for Serena s family I like her grandmother I like the history of the original Serena, and the scrap of mysterious cloth that s all that remains of a dress she wove, adding a very light hint of the paranormal to an otherwise prosaic romantic suspense setup Just as importantly, I like Erik he s confident, competent, has his personal form of art he likes to express, and comes across very well as an equal to Serena rather than someone in a greater position of power than her As for the other characters, the antagonists are suitably threatening without being ridiculous or over the top, while the supporting characters at Rarities are reasonably entertaining.All in all a fun read I d definitely recommend this one as the first one to hit for anyone interested in reading an Elizabeth Lowell book Four stars

  2. says:

    Author Elizabeth LowellFirst published 2001Length 8129 kindle locations, 583 pagesSetting Contemporary, Mostly around Palm Springs.Sex Reasonably frequent and explicit.Hero Manuscript specialist.Heroine Weaver.Paranormal Hero and Heroine both have a tie to the past past lives that overlay current.Links to Lowell s Donovan series characters appear.Includes excerpt from Dangerous RefugeAuthor s Note Personal story related to Book of the Learned.Lessons on manuscripts, including the Author Elizabeth LowellFirst published 2001Length 8129 kindle locations, 583 pagesSetting Contemporary, Mostly around Palm Springs.Sex Reasonably frequent and explicit.Hero Manuscript specialist.Heroine Weaver.Paranormal Hero and Heroine both have a tie to the past past lives that overlay current.Links to Lowell s Donovan series characters appear.Includes excerpt from Dangerous RefugeAuthor s Note Personal story related to Book of the Learned.Lessons on manuscripts, including the development and forgery.The paranormal forces InstaLove on our MCs and feels forced Fated , the book is very long and drawn out, the BadGuy is predictable and the Donovan cameos were incidental filler.BUT, it was different and enjoyable The manuscript history lessons were interesting and the storyline unusual.So I liked it overall.Rarities Unlimited Book 1 Moving Target Serena Charters and Erik NorthBook 2 Running Scared Risa Sheridan and Shane TannahillBook 3 Die in Plain Sight Lacey Quinn and Ian LapstrakeBook 4 The Color of Death Kate Chandler and Sam GrovesReferences Author s website ISBN 9780061749841 CR

  3. says:

    When I began this book, I wasn t sure I would stay with it I don t usually like fantasy type stories But this has very little of that and the story drew me in There is intrigue, excitement and sexual tension all of which made for a great read Serena and Eric are interesting protagonists Anyone who likes a strong female protagonist will enjoy Serena s independence I think I will give the next book in the series a try.

  4. says:

    The story was intriguing till the end but something was missing in the book to make it an amazing read I m still going to read the next book in the series but not as enthusiastic as I would be..

  5. says:

    With this being the first book of the series, I absolutely loved it She did a remarkable job with creating the characters of Serena and Eric that I was flipping the pages faster and faster.I love stories about ancient relics and I was introduced to Illuminated Manuscripts for the first time That in itself was intriguing But the storyline is even better with a dynamic ending I only wished that I had read the author s note at the back of the book FIRST because I think I would ve enjoyed the With this being the first book of the series, I absolutely loved it She did a remarkable job with creating the characters of Serena and Eric that I was flipping the pages faster and faster.I love stories about ancient relics and I was introduced to Illuminated Manuscripts for the first time That in itself was intriguing But the storyline is even better with a dynamic ending I only wished that I had read the author s note at the back of the book FIRST because I think I would ve enjoyed the bookIt was a short description of an incredible experience that Elizabeth and her husband had when they traveled abroad about having to be at the right place at the right time and stumbling upon your ancestors and so muchAlmost the exact same scenario happened to my husband and myself although it happened on American soil I kind of just shuddered when I read of her real life experience almost mimicking ours and one that changes your life forever.I haven t had a chance to keep on with the series but I definitely plan to

  6. says:

    Elizabeth Lowell is a fascinating author to me I love how she does her research and educates me as she writes, but I ve never seen ainconsistent author Her contemporary romances with the arts antiquities themes are great like this one, Moving Target I loved the plot But her historical stuff Only series couldn t get me past the first 50 pages Sorry, thought the premise of Only Mine was moronic Didn t make it to the others She is quite the varied author Even how she develops th Elizabeth Lowell is a fascinating author to me I love how she does her research and educates me as she writes, but I ve never seen ainconsistent author Her contemporary romances with the arts antiquities themes are great like this one, Moving Target I loved the plot But her historical stuff Only series couldn t get me past the first 50 pages Sorry, thought the premise of Only Mine was moronic Didn t make it to the others She is quite the varied author Even how she develops the romance is inconsistent She did great with the romance in Tell Me No Lies my favorite Lowell book by far , but the romance in Running Scared is choppy and this one, Moving Target, is developed well but could have used somedepth I ll keep reading her stuff, though, because I won t know until I start reading whether the next one I pick up was written by the good twin or the evil twin

  7. says:

    The idea was interesting, but the characters were not It could easily have been wrapped up in half the time The back of the book was muchinteresting than the book itself There wasn t enough to the mystery and it was a very subdued suspense novel I forced myself to finish it hoping it would get better, but it didn t I haven t read any of Lowell s other books so I may give her a try again Glad it was a free book.

  8. says:

    I loved this book Anyone who loves books will love the story wrapped around this one It was a facinating look back into history as it follows the creation and preservation of a unique manuscript.

  9. says:

    Enjoyed the suspense.A extension of a previous series of books set in modern times with a good who dunit ending enjoyed the book.

  10. says:

    I was so disappointed that this was Erik s story, I had so hoped for a story set with the other Medieval books.

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