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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 June 24, 2010 :
Linda Rae Blair has an innate talent for drawing you into her stories. She has a way of pulling you into the lives of each character and not letting you go. Intersections is a trilogy of stories where the lives of each main character intersect with the others at some point.
First we meet Katherine, a young girl who has the only life she knows ripped away from her and is plunged unwittingly into a corrupt world. She grows up without a true family, but as many people know, friends can be closer than family. We follow her from the time she is three until she is a young adult, and it is a rather exciting journey to follow.
Secondly we meet Claire; introduced briefly in the first story as a mentor for one of the characters, here we delve more deeply into her life. An extraordinarily strong and determined woman, she is an icon for all women who struggle to cope with the stresses and pain of life.
Lastly, we follow the story of the man Claire falls in love with.
My only qualm with the stories is the same as I have with any romance; it can makes a person feel lonely, and long for that amazing feeling of intense and forever fairytale love.
Mystery and suspense romance are generally not my first choice for reading material, but after enjoying Elusive, I decided to give Intersections a go. I have enjoyed this book as much as the first, and will continue to read Blair's contributions to the literary world.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)