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Cold day in July
Cameron, Stella.
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New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2002]

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326 pages ; 24 cm
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Marc Girard returns to his hometown of Toussaint, Louisiana, to search for his missing sister. He joins forces with Reb, a woman he left behind with his past. With only each other to trust, their wariness eventually gives way to a blinding passion that makes them vulnerable to the greatest betrayal of all.

Author Notes

Stella Cameron was born and raised on the southern coast of England where she met her American husband at a party in London. After their marriage, she left England and went with husband Jerry to Washington State to make a home and raise a family. Like many authors, Stella began her literary career as a reader. As a young girl, Stella was a self-professed reading "addict", devouring all types of literature. She learned very early to retreat from the demands of others into a gentler world -- her own. As a child and a young adult, books saved her because they helped free her while they entertained her. Her love of reading always went side-by-side with her love of writing. Nineteenth-century author Jane Austen was a particular favorite, and Stella admits that she particularly enjoys reading and writing books set in the 1800s, as well as contemporary novels. In 1980, Stella decided she wanted to write professionally. She attended writing classes and wrote short literary fiction for a year. It was during this period that Stella discovered how well-written and intense romantic fiction could be. Using her newly acquired writing skills, she began to write contemporary romantic fiction for Harlequin Americans and Intrigues. After several years, she moved up to Harlequin SuperRomances. In 1992, she made the switch to single titles with her first historical, Only By Your Touch. She has also authored a series entitled Rossmara Quartet along with several other romance titles. Stella Cameron sees herself as an entertainer and historian who adds her perspective to contemporary values through writing.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Reb O'Brien, Toussaint's motorcycle-riding doc, may be the only citizen happy to see absentee landlord Marc Girard return to their sleepy bayou. Marc is on a quest for his missing sister, and even though the death of a woman found in the church was ruled accidental, Reb is not convinced because a serial rapist and killer has been active in the area. He even wants to have the body exhumed to see if she was his sister, which doesn't go over too well in this close-knit community or with hunky Father Cyrus. The dynamics between Reb and Marc, which began in childhood, are intriguing, as are the secret lives of several characters that culminate in a deadly confrontation. Cameron is a master at skillfully integrating sizzlingly sensual love scenes into her fast-moving plots, and readers won't want this mesmerizing tale to end, but they will be pleased to know that the folks in Toussaint will be revisited in the future. --Diana Tixier Herald

Publisher's Weekly Review

Popular romantic suspense writer Cameron (Glass Houses, etc.) concocts a gummy Cajun stew of a novel, cramming a cast of bayou denizens into this oddly off-balance offering. When Bonnie Blue, an enigmatic singer passing through Toussaint, La., is strangled at the local church, town residents assume her death has nothing to do with two other recent murders. Redhead Reb O'Brien, the local doctor, isn't so sure, and when Marc Girard, town prodigal son and Reb's high school crush, comes back to investigate the crime, matters become even more complicated. Marc believes Blue was his estranged older sister Amy; Reb is ready to believe him, but finds she must concentrate on her own safety when she and her poodle, Gaston, are attacked. Local priest Cyrus and his assistant Madge are also distraught, as they had been trying to help Bonnie Blue before she was killed. Cyrus's eccentric housekeeper, Oribel, and her beautiful, sly daughter, Precious, have their own ideas about what is going on, and Precious is involved in more than just plotting to keep her errant husband, Chauncey Depew, in line. Meanwhile, Marc finds himself still inexorably drawn to Reb, and she to him, just as when they were in school. Strangely for so ordinarily adept a writer, Cameron fumbles her plot and badly misjudges the novel's pacing. The dialogue is choppy and the ending is jarringly abrupt, as if missing a large piece of the action. (Sept.) Forecast: Cameron has a proven track record, but even fans may be baffled by this latest. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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