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Within the pages of very rare books, some centuries old, lie the secrets of the paranormal. Abby Radwell’s unusual psychic talent has made her an expert in such volumes - and sometimes taken her into dangerous territory. After a deadly incident in the private library of an obsessive collector, Abby receives a blackmail threat, and rumors swirl that an old alchemical text known as The Key has reappeared on the black market. A number of ruthless people are searching for the book. Some believe that Abby can find it for them.

Abby wants no part of it. But the pressure mounts after a rare-book dealer dies mysteriously. Convinced that she needs an investigator who can also play bodyguard, Abby hires Sam Coppersmith, an expert in paranormal crystals and amber - “hot rocks.” Passion flares immediately between them, yet neither entirely trusts the other. Both are concealing secrets. Both have their own agendas. Sam concludes that the only way to keep Abby safe is to take her to property owned by his rich and reclusive family - a compound in the small town of Copper Beach, on a private island. But small towns are no safer than large cities when it comes to dealing with a killer who has paranormal talents, and a blackmailer who will stop at nothing to obtain an ancient alchemical code....

©2012 Jayne Ann Krentz (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Linda
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 02-09-12

Another Jayne Ann Krentz hit for me.

What made the experience of listening to Copper Beach the most enjoyable?

As usual, Jayne gave me an uplifting story with quirky characters and some wonderful humor.

If you’ve listened to books by Jayne Ann Krentz before, how does this one compare?

I gave this book a three simply because there are several of Jayne's books that I love so much that this one has too much competition. However, the book was as satisfying for me as I thought it would be, although I felt it had too many arcane similarities, yet it wasn't linked to the arcane. Since the arcane society started in England a few centuries ago, I could have accepted that there were arcane people in modern society here as well as on another planet.

Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby – was your favorite?

Sam was my favorite. I felt she caught his subtle humor perfectly.

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

I always want to listen to one of Jayne's books in one sitting, and this one was no different.

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  • Madge
  • Sterling, VA, United States
  • 02-06-12

Her usual good storytelling well told

JAK is a great storyteller, and this is one of her usual good stories. While there is no definite Arcane Society mention, the paranormal is pretty much that same idea, though crystal talents seem to have much more prestige. She is also dealing with the issue of a talented child in an untalented family and the problem of appearing "normal" in order to get on with her life instead of being locked up as crazy.

A talented young woman with a gift for unlocking psy-locked books, is approached by multiple parties with blackmail or bribes to find and unlock a certain lab book which contains dangerous information regarding certain powerful crystals. A friend refers her to a member of the family, the Coppersmiths, which first found the crystals and is also looking for the notebook, to keep this information out of hands which would misuse these crystals. Her stepbrother is also asking her for help with the notebook, as her family has been pressured by loss of their trust fund to pressure her.

Murder and mayhem ensue in search of this notebook, but as there are hints of other mysteries in the family, including the sudden upsurge of talent in the Coppersmith family and two more unwedded members of the family to match up. I suspect at least a trilogy for this set of extended characters.

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  • Gwen
  • Fort Collins, CO, United States
  • 03-12-12

Caught my attention, and kept it throughout.

Would you listen to Copper Beach again? Why?

I'd listen to it again, because I enjoyed the characters and the action. Didn't know what the bad guy was going to do next.

What other book might you compare Copper Beach to and why?

Compares to

Have you listened to any of Tanya Eby’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

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

Not really.

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At a loss

Would you try another book from Jayne Ann Krentz and/or Tanya Eby?

Yes. I've like so many of Jayne Ann Krentz books I would try again.

Has Copper Beach turned you off from other books in this genre?

No but I felt it started mid story. It made me wish I knew where to find the beginning.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Tanya Eby?

Yes if I like the author.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I'm going to try to re-read this and hope I can follow or get hooked.

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Excuse for author's sexual fantasies

What would have made Copper Beach better?

Author failed to establish believable basis for the subject matter.

Has Copper Beach turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

What didn’t you like about Tanya Eby’s performance?

Fine. She can't be blamed for the thin plot.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Copper Beach?

If I cut, I'm not sure even a short story would remain.

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Krentz rocks !

Jayne Ann Krentz in her many forms tells a great story. I recommend Copper Beach as well as all of her other stories !

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  • Kathleen
  • Elyria, OH, United States
  • 02-13-12

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I loved this book. Like all of the arcane society and harmony books, this book was great.
I've added Jayne Krentz to my list of favorite authors. She has not let me down. If you have not read any of her books I'd highly reccomend these books.

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Excellent

JAK always delivers an exceptional adventure. I always look forward to her next story. I especially enjoy the paranormal ones.

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enjoyed it

I really enjoyed it-- it was interesting to read about people who are not in the Arcane society. -- that there are people out there in Jayne's world who struggle on their own

good book -- love all of her stories

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