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Break out the bubbly (Dom Perignon, of course)! Kellogg's high-flying, high-class jewelry thief turned jewelry sleuth, Kick Keswick, is back, lured out of retirement when her former employer, the esteemed auction house Ballantine & Company, finds itself embroiled in a scandal involving fake gems (the originals stolen by Kick herself during her previous life as the notorious Shamrock Burglar). No sooner does she concoct an intricate plan to resteal the stolen gems when Kick is contacted by an intriguing young nun who needs her help recovering a trove of jewel-encrused figurines stolen from her order's convent during a heinous murder. The fact that the murderer is also the owner of the jewels she must retrieve in order to salvage the auctioneer's reputation fazes the intrepid Kick not one whit. Decadent as a finely shaved white truffle, frothy as a lemon souffle, Kellogg's delectably glamorous Kick Keswick mystery series offers a zesty, sensuous foray into the lifestyles of the obscenely wealthy and egregiously infamous. --Carol Haggas Copyright 2007 Booklist
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Kick Keswick, the heroine of this frothy novel from Kellogg (Perfect), is bored by retirement, so it's a good thing her world just got more exciting: a scandal at the London auction house where she worked for 30 years threatens to expose her well-hidden habit of stealing jewels and replacing them with meticulous fakes. She soon finds herself trying to singlehandedly rescue the company and untangle several moneymaking schemes-all of them, frankly, quite déclassé-whereby certain lowlifes, including her ex-fiancé and perennial enemy, Owen Brace, are attempting to rise above their station. The hypocrisy is breathtaking: Kick is happy to admit that she overcame her dirt-poor Oklahoma background through a methodical campaign of theft from the filthy rich, so why should it bother her that others do the same? Readers who agree that upper-crust manners and mannerisms are more important than honesty, integrity or abiding by the law will be most satisfied. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved