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French Silk | [Sandra Brown]

French Silk

Like the city of New Orleans itself, Claire Laurent is a vibrant beauty laced with a mysterious elusiveness. The founder of French Silk, a fabulous lingerie company, she has fought hard to make it a worldwide success. Then a TV evangelist attacks French Silk’s erotic sleepwear as sinful. And when he is killed, Claire becomes the prime suspect. District Attorney Robert Cassidy knows Claire is damning herself with lie after lie about the murder, even as he feels her drawing him into her world and her very soul....
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Publisher's Summary

Like the city of New Orleans itself, Claire Laurent is a vibrant beauty laced with a mysterious elusiveness. The founder of French Silk, a fabulous lingerie company, she has fought hard to make it a worldwide success. Then a TV evangelist attacks French Silk’s erotic sleepwear as sinful. And when he is killed, Claire becomes the prime suspect.

District Attorney Robert Cassidy knows Claire is damning herself with lie after lie about the murder, even as he feels her drawing him into her world and her very soul. But neither Cassidy nor her protests of innocence can save Claire unless she reveals a shocking truth – one she has sworn to take to the grave….

©1992 Sandra Brown (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Set in atmospheric New Orleans, Brown's latest highly entertaining novel again demonstrates her mastery of the romantic suspense genre....[T]he novel is adroitly plotted and sleekly paced, and has just the right mix of menace and sex to keep pages turning." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Paula Coastal New England 10-08-12
    Paula Coastal New England 10-08-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Trying Sandra Brown - avoid this one!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better drawn characters and less trite plot twist. The only mystery here is how the main character can be so emotionally limp and insipid yet, we are to believe she started and successfully runs her own business after surviving a distressing childhood. I don't think so. She constantly lies, refuses to get a lawyer and as a successful, business woman couldn't figure out that maybe this might not be the best tack to take? I kept wishing she'd get bumped off. Women like this do NOT start and successfully run a business - this is fantasy and not a very good one. Save your money/credit.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'll probably be shy of Sandra Brown books for a while. Might try another one at the library for free or get another one on sale, but I will be a little wary of spending a credit on her.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I'm never sure when the characters annoy me whether it is due in part to the narrator or not. Sometimes their voice is an issue but I can usually hear through that. I think wasting a better narrator on this would be a travesty.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from French Silk?

    I'd rewrite the main characters and eliminate a lot of the redundant meetings awkwardly used to move the plot along. If you can't make the reader feel the least bit of sympathy for the wimpy "savvy business" woman who supposedly owns, operates, started "French Silk" why would you even care about what happens in the rest of the book?


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good thing I got this on sale!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Ulm California 10-06-12
    Mary Ulm California 10-06-12 Member Since 2008

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    "typical Sandra Brown"

    I enjoyed the book, but it was not note worthry. The characters are lack luster and you find you self just wishing for the author to get on with it. The book did have a nice ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fiona Mississauga, ON, Canada 09-24-12
    Fiona Mississauga, ON, Canada 09-24-12 Member Since 2009

    I LOVE Audible

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    "Is this a different author?"

    I have listened to several Sandra Brown thrillers and have truly enjoyed them... this story is very very very different from the usual thriller. I was not expecting the soft core porn aspect of this story. Her other books do not have anything quite so 'adult'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zalia BETHEL ISLAND, CA, United States 09-22-12
    Zalia BETHEL ISLAND, CA, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A story with many twists."
    Where does French Silk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This story ranks among the most enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of French Silk?

    The unexpected twist at the end.


    What about Renée Raudman’s performance did you like?

    Her use of many voices and her southern accent was quite good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but wasn't able to so I listened to it twice.


    Any additional comments?

    The story gives you pause to ponder the power of money and politics.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary A. Wiley Spring, TX United States 09-25-10
    Mary A. Wiley Spring, TX United States 09-25-10
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    "Really really awful!"

    Wow. That was bad. Really bad. Insipid characters with no rational motivation for their behaviors. Cheesy southern accents. Just awful writing and narration.

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    katie GOSNELLS, Australia 12-15-10
    katie GOSNELLS, Australia 12-15-10 Member Since 2014
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    "loved it"

    i really enjoyed listening and thought the narrator was excellent i look forward to hearing more of sandra brown's novels

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 06-26-14
    Lia Sutton, Australia 06-26-14 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Sandra Brown At Her Best"

    After recently re-reading this book, I felt the need to urge others to read it too. If you like a mystery that keeps you guessing, a love story that sizzles, a leading lady who is as smart as she is sexy, and a hero who defines the meaning of the word - then this is the novel for you. Claire and Cassidy leads a cast of well-crafted characters, that will keep you eager to turn the page and find out what comes next. Unfortunately for us readers,(as with all Sandra Brown's books) the endings come way to quickly, and you have to shift your imagination into overdrive to keep the story going in your mind past the final chapter. "FRENCH SILK" is a fantastic read. Set against the colorful and captivating backdrop of New Orleans, Ms. Brown weaves a tale of mystery, suspense and an unforgettable story of romance and family loyalty. Claire will stop at nothing to protect her fragile mother from an unforgiving world, her best friend from the perils of loving a married man, and the company she founded from the ravings of a religious fanatic. Cassidy is her perfect match. He is looking to solve the case of the decade, and trap a cold-blooded killer - even it it means investigating the woman he could'nt help loving. Don't let this one slip by you ! Pick it up today and enjoy !

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Tamela Memphis, TN, United States 02-05-15
    Tamela Memphis, TN, United States 02-05-15 Member Since 2012

    Love to listen to books more often than reading. Audible gets me through the day and night more especially when I'm working !

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    "It's okay"

    This was the 2nd book I've listen to from this author, the story rambled on and on given the fact that it's 15 hours I guess it had to. The story was repetitive on some parts but overall it kept you guessing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tonya 08-10-14
    Tonya 08-10-14
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    "Not good"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Ones who love poetry


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sandra Brown again?

    Yes


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Renée Raudman?

    Not sure


    What character would you cut from French Silk?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    It was just drug out. It could have been shorter is length, but the author kept dragging it on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DK 07-29-13
    DK 07-29-13 Member Since 2013

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review

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    "Absolutely Fantastic One of Sandra Brown's Best"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of French Silk?

    The ending was absolutely fantastic-gobsmacked me!


    Publisher's Summary

    Like the city of New Orleans itself, Claire Laurent is a vibrant beauty laced with a mysterious elusiveness. The founder of French Silk, a fabulous lingerie company, she has fought hard to make it a worldwide success. Then a TV evangelist attacks French Silk’s erotic sleepwear as sinful. And when he is killed, Claire becomes the prime suspect.

    District Attorney Robert Cassidy knows Claire is damning herself with lie after lie about the murder, even as he feels her drawing him into her world and her very soul. But neither Cassidy nor her protests of innocence can save Claire unless she reveals a shocking truth – one she has sworn to take to the grave….

    ©1992 Sandra Brown (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any of the romance between Claire & Cassidy!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Claire's mum's mental state... you never knew how she was going to act. I especially enjoyed the scene where she offered punch and cakes to the people protesting her daughter's business. They didn't know what to do!


    Any additional comments?

    A bit of strong language and mild romantic scenes. A great mystery!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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