Blood Money

Author: Pepper Smith

Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press

Release Date: October 2005

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5


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When Micheal and Patty O’Donnell come home from a late night dinner, they discover Miles, who has been living in the house for a week.   He is searching for documents that will prove that the O’Donnell’s cheated his family out of money.  Miles needs the money to help his mother.

But when the family learns that the transport ship sunk, they agree to help Miles salvage the ship and recover his family’s treasure.  They send an expedition team to Italy to dive for the treasure.


Patty is a horse trainer for her father-in-law.  One day while she is checking on the horses for her family and worrying about the disappearance of Miles, someone tries to kidnap her.  When her adoring husband hears about the attempted kidnapping, he decides it is time for Patty and her aunt to leave the homestead until they can clear up this mystery.


Patty travels to Italy to oversee the expedition team and help raise the sunken treasure.  She does not trust anyone on the team except her sister and brother-in-law.  Her husband, Micheal, warns her through email that someone has followed her there.  When someone trashes the team’s boat and her room, she decides it is time to head to Arizona to meet up with her aunt.  Only Patty doesn’t make it to Arizona, she gets kidnapped and left for dead.


Will the O’Donnell’s find Patty and Miles in time?  Are these two incidents related?

And who is the mastermind behind all these mysterious attempts?


BLOOD MONEY is wrought with intrigue, suspense and mayhem.  Pepper Smith knows how to draw readers in and keep them hooked until the very last page.  I could not put this fascinating tale down.  The characters are especially interesting and strong-willed.  Ms. Smith has an uncanny ability to make you feel like you are standing there with the characters and experiencing all the emotions they are feeling.  I never saw the ending coming.   With all the twists and turns in this intriguing story, you will never guess who the masterminds are.  I look forward to reading more from this talented author. 


By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Billie Jo

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