A vacation becomes complicated by murder, discovery, and friendship. Danger lurks in too many directions. Alicia and her friends will have to stay alive and sort through the clues carefully if they want to save an innocent friend and prevent the destruction of an historic treasure.
Alicia Trent is back! The story starts with Nick and Barry planning out a vacation for Nick and Alicia. Seeing this as an opportunity to spend some quality time with Nick, Alicia agrees. It is only after planning the whole thing out that Alicia realizes that the date of clock’s prediction would fall within their vacation. But as we know, the clocks prediction always comes true, and this time was no different. While experiencing the desert feel on a ranch turned holiday resort owned by Nick, Alicia gets entangled in another new mystery. A murder takes place on the ranch and the victim was a very shady person. What was he doing at the resort? Who is his accomplice on the outside? Who is the man who has made his home in a secluded corner within the ranch boundaries? Everyone on the ranch seems to have a secret to hide… And then Alicia and Nick make a very important discovery.
I have had immense pleasure reading the first two novels in the series - Antique Magic and Antique Forgery. Needless to say that I was eagerly awaiting for this one. The prediction provided at the end of the last book was enough to keep my interest fired throughout the waiting period. Ms.Harris has, yet again, delivered a wonderful piece of work. The consistency in her writing – both characters and plot – never ceases to impress me. Also, I can never rave enough about Ms.Eileen’s style of writing - simple language, ordinary words – yet an extraordinary product. She even described the resort (ranch area) so well that I could probably draw you a map of it.
Having been in two tight situations already, Alicia appeared to be more prepared this time. But what awaited her on the date of the prediction and the days that followed were things that she couldn’t have imagined in her wildest dreams. Of course, being with Nick on his known turf provided them with some advantage. Then Lawrence made an appearance at the most crucial moment of the adventure, while Laudine did her part too. Yes, Laudine does make an appearance along with her mouth watering dishes. While the mystery was wrapped up nicely, developments in the personal front of both Alicia and Nick’s life, separately, left me surprised. I won’t tell you what developments they were because that would be big spoilers, but believe me if you have been following the series then while the development in Nick’s life will make you happy, the one in Alicia’s life will leave you shocked!
Overall, it’s a great addition to the series and one that has raised my expectation of the upcoming fourth book. If I haven’t made it clear already, I would recommend everyone to get their hands on not only this book, but the whole series.
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