“Abby Radwell has the ability to unlock books which have been encrypted by paranormal energy. Society and her family see her as on the edge of crazy. When she starts receiving blackmail notes and her mentor recommends she hire Sam Coppersmith to guard her just before he dies, Abby begins to wonder...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I love all of Jayne Ann Krentz books.”Riann wrote this review 5 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Quite an interesting read”Jenelle wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Abby Radwell has the ability to unlock books which have been encrypted by paranormal energy. Society and her family see her as on the edge of crazy. When she starts receiving blackmail notes and her mentor recommends she hire Sam Coppersmith to guard her just before he dies, Abby begins to wonder if her life is about to get even more complicated. It seems a purportedly destroyed lab notebook has appeared on the black market and several people will do anything to get it and have Abby unlock it. Although not part of the Arcane Society series this has many of the same paranormal elements and plot devices. I’m glad to see Krentz breaking from that series. I enjoyed this story, but I hope she ventures a little further afield. It’s time for a few new ideas.”Linda C wrote this review Monday, April 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ Set in present day Earth fans of Jayne Ann Krentz's Harmony series should enjoy this book. I did. It's what I've come to expect from Jayne Ann Krentz. It was a very good read. Action, suspense, psi power, and romance set in present. ”Julianna wrote this review Tuesday, March 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Looking forward to the next Dark Legacy novel. I think Jayne Ann Krentz does best when she writes series crossing all the genres that she writes in (contempory, historical, and future)”Erin K. Davis wrote this review Thursday, March 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Originally published on my blog, My Urban Fantasies.
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This was my first Jayne Ann Krentz novel. She is a very talented writer. Copper Beach was full of suspense, mystery, witty banter, a splash of paranormal and a little sarcasm. Nothing makes me happier than an author who appreciates the subtle art of sarcasm. Krentz has built an intriguing world; one exactly like our own except psychics are real, with a varying degree of talents. There are psychics that can read auras, some work with paranormal books locked with a psi-code, and others work with paranormal crystals and their unique energy.
I really liked how the relationship between Sam Coppersmith and Abby Radwell developed. Their relationship seemed natural despite the fact that it developed quickly and there was a psychic link between them. My absolute favorite character was Abby's dog Newton, the condo-sized version of a junkyard dog.
When you first start reading Copper Beach it feels like you're in the middle of a series instead of reading the very first book. This does take a little getting used to. Instead of receiving the back history within the first few chapters, you discover it as Abby does. Normally I don't like this but it actually works for this book, adding an extra layer of suspense and mystery.
I did have a problem with this book. I could have used a little more dialogue variety when describing the paranormal. Four different characters said basically the same thing.
"The old stories say that McClain was really into the woo-woo stuff, you know?"
"He thinks it's all woo-woo stuff."
"Paranormal, the woo-woo thing, whatever."
Many of the books were filled with the usual woo-woo and occult nonsense.
I'm not saying it's a huge problem. I just find it hard to believe that four different people with varying backgrounds and education would use the same description. It made the characters a little one-dimensional. ”
“a fast read - paranormal romantic suspense”Chris S wrote this review Wednesday, January 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Abagail "Abby" Randall has an unusual talent. She can tell when books have been psychically locked. She can also unlock them. Most of these books are rare old volumns about the paranormal.
Sam Coppersmith a strong psychic who contols his energy through crystals is the son of Elias Coppersmith of Coppersmith Inc. Years ago Elias and a copple of friends found a mine with strange crystals. Somehow their psychic energy set off the crystals and the mine exploded. Only a few creystals were salvaged. For years Sam has been studying the crystals for years, with a rew limited results.
Abby has received a request for an old lab notebook supposed to be psy encrypted. It was the lab book for one of the finders of the crystal mine. It has now been put on the underground market. Abby's talent for finding, verifying, as well as unlocking the encryption on this type of book makes her a very valuable asset.
She receives this news from her old mentor Thaddeus. He also tells her to go to Sam Coppersmith as he can be trusted. When Abby sees Sam and tells him what is going on Sam knows he wants that book for the Coppersmith company. Because of Abby's pride he lets her hire him to be her bodyguard as she tries to find out where the auction for the book is to be held. Sam knows that powerful and dangerous people will be looking for the book and the best way foir him to find it is by going alons as Abby's bodyguard. He tells Abby to put in a bid for the book and that he will match any offer.
It is a good thing that Sam is around as Abby finds out she is being stalked by a psychotic individual who will do anything to get the book. He needs Abby to find the book and then unlick it's secrets. What he does not plan on is that Sam is a very capable bodyguard and is able to keep Abby from harm's way.
Unfortunately others involved in the search for and the auction for the book do not fare as well. MThe unknown seeker of the book is willing to commit murder. Abby also has problems with her father and his second wofe and her children. They consider extremely odd and dangerous. She is not welcome in their home.
Fortunately as they get to know each other Sam and Abby make a good team and Abby's dog Newton is also an asset.
I very much enjoyed all the twists and turns in this paranormal mystery. A great read from the author Jayne Ann Krentz.”
“list”Marcella wrote this review Wednesday, January 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No