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Shvoong Home>Books>Deadly Gift Review

Deadly Gift

Book Review   by:HollyCarter     Original Author: Heather Graham
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In Heather Graham’s Deadly Gift, Sean O’Riley, a self-made wealthy man, is suddenly taken ill shortly after arriving in his native Ireland, which he has not visited since leaving as a young man, with his “trophy wife”. Caer Cavannauugh, a member of the Agency, is assigned to look after him in the hospital while he recovers from his mysterious illness. Zach Flynn, a family friend, comes to take him home to Rhode Island. Caer is assigned to go with him as his nurse. Sean’s daughter, Kat, is convinced his wife, her stepmother Amanda, is looking to do him in to receive his money. What they do not know is Caer is actually a banshee, someone who helps guide people and reassure them when they die. Tensions are high back home. Sean's partner, Eddie, is missing and the boat he took out is discovered with no sign of him or the passenger he took out. Flynn is a PI and agrees to help find what happened to Eddie and to keep Sean safe. Caer is also helping to keep him safe, as it is not yet his time to die. Sean and Eddie are interested in American Revolution history, particularly, in a story about treasure and historically valuable documents that were lost when a young lieutenant was killed by the British.The documents have never been recovered. Sean and Eddie have been collecting information about the lieutenant's last days and where the fighting took place. Flynn and Caer discover poems Eddie had wrote, silly little free verses that don't make a lot of sense to them. When glass shards are discovered in a pie Sean's housekeeper had made, accusations are made toward the housekeeper and her husband. No one knows if just Sean or his whole family is in danger. Finally, some progress is made. A young man remembers seeing the passenger Eddie had taken out but can give no description other than a mustache and bulky overcoat. Eddie's body is discovered near an island where his boat had been found. Flynn decides to check the island of the treasure. He thinks Eddie discovered the treasure and, talking too much, was killed for it. He places a man on the island to see if anyone comes back to do more digging. The man turns up missing when his relief goes out to meet him. The police, who have been cooperating with Flynn, start looking harder for the murderer. Sean gets a Christmas gift from Eddie that he had sent before his death. The gift is a gold piece that was part of the treasure. Caer had been working on the poems and discovered they were clues to where Eddie had moved the treasure after discovering it on the island. The entire family, minus Flynn, decides to go for a picnic and see if they can follow the clues and find the rest of the treasure. Amanda and the wife of Sean's young partner, however, have other plans. They had been secretly working together, pretending to hate each other. They poison the family with the idea of taking out the boat and, after getting the clues, blowing it up, thus getting the treasure and being sole heirs to the family fortune. Flynn, however, discovered their plans and hides away on the boat without their knowledge. Caer, being a banshee, is not as susceptible to the drugged drink and stalls until Flynn can come to the rescue. They disarm the bomb and turn the clues and eventually the treasure over to the state, as the island it was on was a state park. Sean is upset his wife had only courted him with designs to get the treasure, but is happy the whole affair turns out to have a happy ending.

Published: July 07, 2011   
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