Discordant Notes in Paradise…Fur Elise – Peggy Sue Wells

Deb’s Dozen: 12-Word Summaries – Beautiful violist, heart-sick parajumper, murder? kidnapping, action, adventure, adversity, romance, and reunions.

Michael Northington casts his career as an Air Force parajumper aside after a top-security guard assignment leads to the murder of a friend. Feeling betrayed by those he trusted, he heads for paradise in the guise of St. Croix.

Elise Eisler has long lived on the island, the only daughter of a musician father and a painter mother. Elise is an artiste herself, a violist well-known on St. Croix. After her parents die, Elise’s life is out-of-tune so to change the music and her memories, she elects to move back into the big house from the studio she shared with her father and to rent that studio out.

Trying to save the beloved symphony hall, an institution on St. Croix, Elise pays little attention to the rather gloomy renter, Mr. Northington, although she does take note of his attractiveness.

Coerced back into duty on a rescue mission of a liberal senator’s do-gooder daughter who has gotten herself trapped in the midst of an international organ-swapping ring, Michael again finds himself questioning the politics of the situation. Somehow Elise, the island, the daughter, the senator, the organ-swapping ring, and the murder seem to be linked in some way. As Michael inches closer to the truth, the island is battered by Hurricane Hugo. Will any of them survive?

Every page shouts Danger! Deception! Deviousness! Deviltry! or Lovely, Lyrical, Romance, and Beauty. Once enmeshed in this extremely well-written novel, you won’t want to stop reading – do start early in the day or you’ll be up all night!

Peggy Sue Wells, named after the Buddy Holly song, has authored over two dozen titles including the award-winning The Slave Across the Street, which was a Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-seller, the What to Do series, Rediscovering Your Happily Ever After, and the Patent. Peggy’s books have been translated into five languages and sell internationally. Keeping herself very busy, Peggy is a frequent radio guest, coaches writers, teaches at writers’ conferences, and speaks at a multiplicity of events. You can find more information about Peggy on her web site, PeggySueWells.com.

I was given a copy of Fur Elise by Elk Lake Publishing for my unbiased review.

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