Saturday, March 7, 2015

2015 Reading Assignment Challenge: The Sinister Touch by Jayne Castle

                                                             The Sinister Touch by Jayne Castle

Guinevere Jones--Being a good neighbor was easy when the window across the way framed a handsome young artist.  But when she became witness to sudden violence in his apartment, it was only a hint of the trouble to come.

Zacharias Justis--He was up to his ears with an enchanting new client when a twitch of jealously, the ticking of biological clocks, and a confrontation with mortal danger made him rethink his relationship to Guinevere Jones.

A slashed canvas, a pentagram streaked by a bolt of lightning, chilling blood rites--they lead Guinevere and Zac into the dark heart of mystery where art, magic, and money weave a dangerous spell.

This is the third entry in the Guinevere Jones was also my least favorite but only because of the jealousy plot line.  Guinevere sees her neighbor's painting slashed early one morning while waiting for her coffee to percolate (her window looks into his).  She meets said neighbor, Mason, over breakfast to see what is happening and soon has drawn Zac in to the case.  Zac is not happy with Mason's entrance into Gwen's life but seeing as how Mason and Gwen's sister soon have a "thing" his worries don't last long.  

Unfortunately, Zac's client, Elizabeth, a wealthy, beautiful woman whose biological clock is ticking provides a longer-lasting reason for Gwen to be jealous.  At one point, Elizabeth even asks Zac to father a child with her, making sure to point out she would want to create the baby the old fashioned way.  Once Zac makes it clear that he is not interested and the story focuses on Mason's problem with some mysterious occult figures the story picks up.  Overall, an okay story but not one I will be rereading any time soon.

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I borrowed this book from my local public library.

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