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HIDDEN RICHES (LIBR. ED.) (10 CASS.) Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged


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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: BRILLIANCE AUDIO; Library edition (Aug. 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561001805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561001804
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 13.3 x 5.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

There are many riddles to unravel in Nora Roberts's latest novel before the chain of seemingly random murders and robberies swirling around a lovely Philadelphia antiques dealer can be resolved. There's no mystery, however, about why Roberts is a bestselling author of romances and mainstream novels: she delivers the goods with panache and wit. This time out, she skillfully blends a stirring love story with nonstop suspense, effortlessly shifting from melodrama to light comedy. Antiques dealer Dora Conroy's hidden riches start with the painting she bids for at a local auction, unaware of the treasure it conceals. Then there's her new tenant, handsome, brooding Jed Skimmerhorn, who moves into the apartment above her shop. Though the ex-cop and scion of a wealthy Philadelphia family first appears rude and rough, he surprises Dora with acts of tenderness. And Dora needs plenty of TLC after her shop is broken into, she's nearly raped and she learns that others who purchased goods from a particular shipment at the auction are turning up dead. Joining forces with Dora to track down the culprits behind the thefts and murders, Jed is drawn into the life of the effervescent Dora and her endearingly eccentric theatrical family. Readers will be too. Reader's Digest Condensed Book; Literary Guild and Doub le day Book Club alternate .
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Dora, a dealer of antiques, purchases a new selection of curios to sell in her shop. The shipment she receives, however, is intended for a ruthless smuggler of priceless treasures who will do anything-even kill-for the return of the items. Robbery and death surround the curios, and Dora and former cop Jed probe the mystery, touched by their growing attraction for each other. This is a fine story with a well-paced plot and interesting scenery. The relationship between Jed and Dora is often humorous and occasionally steamy as the two protagonists grow closer. Although some of the characters are stereotypical, this latest from the author of Honest Illusions (Audio Reviews, LJ 6/1/93) is a satisfying, comfortable listening experience. Narrator Sandra Burr brings the story to life with a creative assortment of voices. This is an excellent addition to any fiction collection.
Susan B. Lamphier, Somerville P.L., Mass.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By A Customer on Nov. 13 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I hate to give negative reviews, especially in a forum of all positive reviews, (this usually means I will be negged with 'unhelpful votes') But here is the deal... I didn't like Hidden Riches! Mostly, because I HATED the hero, and the writing was dated. I don't know of any modern women who would or should put up with the treatment that Jedidah Skimmerhorn (terrible name) treats her.
Here's the story: Jedidiah Skimmerhorn, millionaire cop (must all Nora's heros be millionaires?!) whose parents didn't love him enough, tries to rediscover himself and to escape a past tragedy by renting a quiet room in a modest downtown apartment owned by our heroine, miss sunshine Dora Conroy. So far so good. Unfortunately, during his first meeting with the heroine, he slams his door in her face. I know Nora intended for us to find the hero's rude growls, irritable snapping, 'charming' 'exciting' and 'attractive,' instead Jedidiah comes off as a spoiled baby, who needs his diaper changed.
The villain is a cardboard cookie Nora villain, on the insane side, who is an avid collector. When a shipment goes awry and is accidentally shipped to Conroy's shop, instead of his penthouse apartment, he sends one of his flunkies to investigate..
I really wanted to like Hidden Riches, but I just couldn't get past the Skimmerhorn character. I don't find abusive men attractive, and Skimmerhorn was abusive enough in once scene to leave bruises on Conroy's arms and throw her up against the wall, ripping her bathrobe. If I were the heroine I'd sue Skimmerhorn for assault, but of course, Conroy being the gullible loving heroine forgives him.... Yuck...... Nexxxtttt......
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Hidden Riches" by Nora Roberts is a fresh, intriguing and exciting tale. The characters will grab your attention and make you care about them right from the start, as Roberts once again proves why she is the queen of romantic suspense.
Antique dealer Dora Conroy buys a lot of items, including an abstract painting and some porcelain figures, at an auction in Virginia. Unfortunately, Dora's new acquisitions actually belong to a cold-blooded criminal who will stop at nothing to get them back.
Dora's new tenant, Jed Skimmerhorn, a prematurely retired police captain, is dealing with the guilt of his sister's death and doesn't need a woman like Dora complicating his life. However, Jed and Dora are undeniably drawn to each other, and their tentative friendship blooms into a lovely romance.
A break-in at Dora's shop starts Dora and Jed on a trail that leads to the truth about Dora's auction items, and on a collision course with the intended recipient of her items, an obsessed and unbalanced killer.
Dora is in extreme danger, but Jed is determined to protect her and get to the bottom of the mystery. Roberts skilfully builds the suspense and excitement in this novel, leading up to Jed and Dora's inevitable confrontation with the culprit.
"Hidden Riches" kept me enthralled from start to finish. Roberts' interesting and vivid characters compelled me to read their story, and the plot itself was original and lots of fun. I guarantee that this book will entertain and satisfy you, so buy it today!
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By "mhreader" on March 13 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Hidden Riches" was my introduction to Nora Roberts, and it hooked me from page one. Just the right mix of suspense and romance. The romantic tension of the two main characters will often cause you to smile, because you just know that these two were meant for each other, stubborn as they are. I can distinctly remember sitting in my living room as I started this book, how it was cloudy outside and I had the heater on and a glass of lemonade on the table next to me. Definitely says something for the author that I can remember so much of the setting when I started this book! One thing I can say for Nora Roberts is she's inspiring! Every book introduces an occupation or place which makes me want to do that or go there. Antiques dealing (Hidden Riches), glass blowing (Born in Fire), Ireland (many, many of her books take place there). Nora Roberts writes high quality romances, many with a touch of suspense which helps give conflict and interest. Try "Hidden Riches" I think you'll enjoy it.
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First, let me say that I am a HUGE Nora Roberts fan! I have read nearly ever book she's written, including the chilling series penned as J.D. Robb. I have been reading her books for years, and she rarely lets me down. This is one of her earlier novels.
HIDDEN RICHES is a story about Dora Conroy, a feisty, beautiful woman who owns an antiques store in Philadelphia. Dora's store is broken into after she makes the winning bid on a painting at auction, which is really a priceless masterpiece disguised. Once the painting's real owner realizes a mistake has been made and someone else has his precious painting, it becomes the focus of much criminal attention, placing Dora in danger.
Jed Skimmerhorn is Dora's love interest in the novel. He is handsome, rich, socially prominent...except he is also miserably unhappy after the death of his sister, which he feels responsible for. He has gone into early retirement from the police force and is renting a room from Dora when she becomes a target for the criminals. The novel details their growing romance, Jed's internal battles as he tries to come to grips with his sister's death, and of course the battle between Jed and Dora vs. the criminals!
HIDDEN RICHES, in traditional Nora Roberts style, features great writing and witty dialogue that flows and feels natural for the two characters. As a few other reviewers have noticed, Jed's character was a little dark at times, in part because of the shadow of grief and guilt that seemed to hang over him. Dora was very light-hearted and quirky. Her family was especially loveable, as Jed soon found out--a troupe of actors with larger-than-life personas and huge hearts!
While I did enjoy the novel, I had to take off a few points because of the suspense-romance aspect.
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