Deadly, Calm, and Cold

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Deadly, Calm, and Cold

The Collectors, #2

Ms. Sandlin continues to work her magic from Lovely, Dark and Deep to spinning another winner with Deadly, Calm and Cold.

Deadly Calm, and Cold is the second book in the Collector’s series and it was another wild roller coaster ride with all of the thrills and adrenaline rushes a heart can withstand. In this installment of intrigue, divide and conquer Ms. Sandlin’s creative quill and parchment creates a magnificent narrative. She grabs her audience by the collar on a heart stopping journey of hide and seek for the heirloom King John’s Crown of Jewels.

The acquisition of unique and trusted heritage pieces of precious gems and materials has excited the good and the bad. Be warned, knowledge of the history surrounding the Lost Crown of Jewels may encourage you to do a bit of research to provide you with a stronger knowledge of King John, his reign and what caused this heirloom to become a missing item in the first place.

Deadly Calm, and Cold possesses all of the story elements to create a balanced suspenseful read. The characters are well rounded with personality and grit. Their chemistry is undeniable, sensuous and packed with emotions. Their secrets and high energy are enough to go up against the powers of evil and wickedness of the C7 gangsters.

One of the key elements of this series thus far is that Deadly, Calm and Cold can be read and appreciated as a standalone. The character development between Samantha and Brody is the right amount of seasoning to add spice and wonderment. Ms. Sandlin’s secondary characters are endearing and keep the narrative buzzing along. The supportive cast members Tom, Cynthie, Donna provide additional breath-hitching moments for the Samantha and Brody story thread. Ms. Sandlin provides plenty of aha moments coupled with the OMG seconds as the story’s C7 villains attempt to acquire the lost jewels and lives of anyone who jumps in their way. The quest for the missing treasure sucks the reader into the story and holds the reader as tight as a tick on the ear of an old hound dog.

In my opinion this narrative tickles, taunts and titillates, a fresh, thrilling flavor that makes Deadly Calm and Cold a quick delightful read. I now await the next installment of the Collector’s series. I enjoyed it and highly recommend curling up with this book on a relaxing week-end afternoon.


Book Blurb for Deadly, Calm, and Cold

From award-winning author Susannah Sandlin comes the second book in The Collectors series.

How far will ordinary people go to protect their secrets? The Collectors’ games are as much about manipulating lives as finding lost treasure. Everyone is expendable as the ruthless C7 pushes people into gambling with their lives in order to find priceless objects lost to history.

Samantha Crowe’s secrets could ruin her career, while Brody Parker’s could get him killed. They become pawns for two Collectors seeking Bad King John’s crown jewels, which disappeared in rural England back when Robin Hood roamed Nottingham. This time, however, the Collectors—a ruthless dotcom billionaire and a desperate London detective—might not be playing for the same team, leaving Sam and Brody trapped in the middle.

One thing’s for sure: if either hopes to survive, Sam and Brody will have to find a way to overcome their distrust—and their growing attraction—in order to succeed on this winner-take-all treasure hunt.


Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2015 4.50