Seven Cities of Greed by Jean Sheldon
From Goodreads:A hand carved leather journal purchased at a Chicago book auction promises an adventure in New Mexico for a group of women of a certain age. Instead, they find themselves followed by a modern day Conquistador who will stop at nothing to have the book and the secrets it holds.
My Take: I thought this book was pretty good. I really enjoyed the characters and the mystery and will read other books by this author.
Pat, Jackie and Gwen all own a used book store called Ziodiac's Rare and Used Books. Jackie is wealthy, Gwen is a psychiatrist and Gwen lives above the store and manages the bookstore. Their frined Nicole is a former cop turned private investigator.
The story opens with Jackie being kidnapped the other ladies trying to rescue her. The bookstore is ransacked so they figure that her kidnapping must have something to do with a recent purchase that she made. A Mysterious package arrives and they find a handwritten journal that looks authentic. They start to read it and discover that it is a journal of a fake monk on the expedition to find the seven cities of gold.
They rescue Jackie and she hires one of her kidnappers as her body guard (this part I found alittle unbelievable expecially for the fact that one of her friends was a former cop and she (the cop) didn't question the whole thing more). They figure out where the gold should be and head to New Mexico to find it all the while being chased by a man who will stop at nothing to get the journal.
I received this book from the author in hopes I would review it. I was not required to give it a good review.