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Raleigh artist, Linda Rae Blair was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She has used her knowledge gained during extensive travel throughout the United States and her passion for art, history, mysteries, and scenery to create compact novels with rich characters so real you'll miss them when they're gone and places you'll swear you've been. She has lived in Seattle, WA, Monterey Bay, CA, Cincinnati, OH, and retired five years ago in the Raleigh, NC area.
Her love of history is well-earned. She is a direct descendant of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins of Mayflower fame. She is also descended from a strong line of Scots-Irish immigrants to America in the 1700s. She even had a great uncle who was robbed by the infamous outlaw Belle Starr.
Her Scottish love story, “Elusive”, spans 200 years of Scottish history and intrigue via setting in 1700s Scotland and early 1900s Paris and Scotland.
An avid reader who inhales novels by Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown and others in the romance/mystery genres, her imagination takes you to a variety of places and times all in the same story.
Her travels to the beautiful southwestern states inspired her more modern historic romance combined with mystery, “100 Years of Brotherly Love”.
Her mystery series, The Preston Andrews Mysteries now has 12 published entries, beginning with “Hard Press’d” which now claims over 50,000 downloads and, most recently, the softcover print version of the series in compilation form.
Ms. Blair has spent many happy hours in Virginia Beach during off-season, when the winds blow cold and hard and the salty air whips at the weather-protected palms. This is the locale chosen for her Preston Andrews series. Locals and visitors alike find many familiar frames of reference in this series.
Her homage to her love for Poirot is via her teeny tiny mystery, “The Board Game Murders”.
Her newest series is aimed at a slightly younger and more female audience from that of The Preston Andrews series but begins in the backstory in “Pressing Reunion”.
The Samantha Hartley, PI series is lighter and features a very young and not terribly experienced private investigator just beginning her career—with a slight assist from the Director of the FBI.
One thing is for certain, she combines her passions into stories interesting to history buffs, travelers, and lovers of romance and mystery.
on Nov. 06, 2011 :
what a great book...read it ya'll
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Feb. 19, 2010 :
While generally not my kind of genre (I like epic fantasy) I was recommended this book by a friend and decided to give it a go; how surprised I was when I was hooked after the first chapter.
Set in both Scotland and France, Linda Rae Blair displays a great deal of knowledge of the language, history, culture and geography of both places. The two main characters, Blair and Alexandre, both descending from the same ancient lineage are likable and complex and as I delved deeper into the book found myself really rooting for them. Elusive is a historical and modern romance (you'll have to read it to understand that concept) with a hint of mystery and a lot of intrigue and despite having a sense of how it would end, I found I was more interested in how the author would get me there.
The descriptions are vivid and give a good sense of the surroundings and locations without being overbearing and too arduous and long.
- Dune Elliot, author of 'Necromancer'
(reviewed within a week of purchase)