She is 5’7’’ and naturally blonde with straight shoulder length hair. She likes casual but expensive clothing. She prefers cashmere to fur, tailored slacks to evening gowns and flats to stiletto heels. She has a certain style and elegance of bearing that one often finds in cosmopolitan professional women.
“Where is it? Just tell us where it is and you won’t get hurt.” The taller man loomed over her, his face expressionless, a mask.
“Where is what? What are you talking about? Who are you?” Lacy began to be annoyed. That was better than being scared. “Can I see your badges again?”
The second man stared hard at her though dead-looking flat grey eyes. “Mrs. Telchev,” he said, his voice low and menacing, “we mean you no harm. But you must tell us where he hid his manuscript.”
They knew her name? Icy tentacles of fear slipping down Lacy’s back. She shook her head. “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
At that moment the red and white lights of a state police vehicle rounded the curve coming toward them. Seeing the blocked road it stopped. Two uniformed officers got out and approached the two parked cars.
“You’re blocking the road. What’s the trouble here?”
The taller man spoke. “No trouble, Officer. Sorry about the way we’re parked. I’ll move the car immediately. The lady was pulled over here and we just stopped to see if she needed help.”
He flipped open his wallet and showed the officers the same ID he’d shown Lacy.
It seemed to mean something to the policemen.
Lacy opened her mouth to say something and then thought better of it. What could she tell the police? These men wanted a manuscript from her but she didn’t know where it was? Or what it was about? Or even if it existed. That it involved her dead husband? No. She wouldn’t say anything. Not until she knew more.
Escape Rating A - Marlene Harris, EscapeReality.net
"Like her other books, the story in this one operates on more than one level. The suspense is edge of the seat, while Lacy's inner journey makes her a sympathetic and fascinating character. If you enjoy edge-of-your-seat suspense with a heart-pounding romance wrapped around a story that also makes you think, read Romantic Road, or any of Blair McDowell's marvelous stories.".....More
4 Stars out of 5 - Melanie Adkins, Have You Heard My Book Review
"This book is a terrific suspense/romance book. I loved that it covered so much of the world in telling the story. I felt as if I were viewing the sites myself, not second hand. I could relate to the female main character. I've had friends who went from "nobody" to "Mrs. Park Avenue". I loved the uniqueness of it as well. It touched me deeply. You'll enjoy this easy read." ....More
Celia Lewis, Pres., Romance Writers of America, Greater Vancouver Chapter
"A challenging love story, a deadly dangerous secret, a mysterious quest from New York through Europe, the latest story from Blair McDowell has it all!... I love romantic suspense, and this story was very fascinating to me, not least because of the unusual locales, adding an exotic flavour. I'm already wanting to read the next story by Blair McDowell!"
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