Thursday, September 11, 2014

Out of the Storm by JoAnn Ross

This is third book in the Stewart Sisters trilogy. Laurel is the oldest Stewart sister. She is a political reporter in Washington, DC. She writes a story about the Vice-President doing some dirty dealings. She accused of writing a false story and is fired. Then she is accused of stealing documents from the VP's office. Laurel is in trouble. Her roommate works for the VP and went to South Carolina to campaign with him. She calls Laurel and tells her that she thinks she knows who set her up. She says she will call back shortly. She never does. Laurel is sure that she went missing. So Laurel heads to Somersett to find Chloe. Laurel reports that she is missing to the police but they don't really care. Then she meets Lt. Joe Gannon. He has an unidentified suicide/murder victim. Maybe it's Laurel's roommate. He says he will help her. They are really attracted to each other Will they find Chloe and solve the murder? Will Laurel get her job back?

I liked this story the best of all the Stewart Sisters books. There was some romance but it was more of a mystery.

From simon and schuster:
Southern hospitality can kill you.... 

There's no escaping the sweltering heat when White House correspondent Laurel Stewart arrives in Somersett, South Carolina, and discovers that her best friend -- the vice president's protocol advisor -- has disappeared. As frustrated as she is by Detective Joe Gannon's skepticism regarding her suspicions, Laurel finds his smooth-talking southern ways and brazen bedroom eyes disturbingly, dangerously, seductive. 

With the homicide rate escalating as fast as the mercury, the last thing Joe needs is a stubborn, argumentative reporter -- particularly not an outsider from Washington, D.C., who triggers a sexual jolt at every encounter -- spinning her crazy conspiracy theories. But while he may not entirely believe Laurel Stewart, Joe can't stop himself from wanting her. Thrown together by necessity, drawn together by passion, Laurel and Joe follow a twisted trail into the darkest corners of the sultry, moss-draped city to uncover a secret someone is willing to kill to keep. - 

Chapter 1

Camp David, Catoctin Mountain, Maryland

"What are we doing here?" Laurel Stewart asked the man sitting next to her in the sanctuary of the presidential retreat's Evergreen Chapel.

"Praying for peace?" Max Kelly, a reporter from the Boston Globe, suggested.

"Granted, it's an admirable goal, but given that the Weather Service has declared this the hottest summer on record, what made the White House decide that August would be a good time to hold another round of Middle East Road to Peace meetings? Couldn't the State Department find a road map that leads to Maine?"

She slapped at yet another mosquito that had sneaked in through the window screen. "And how come they all invited us here to participate?"

She had to raise her voice to be heard over the huge pipe organ's rendition of "The Song of Peace." According to her program, Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin had sung the song with over a hundred thousand people at a peace rally in Tel Aviv minutes before his assassination.

"This from the reporter who's always bitching that we don't get enough access when the president hides out at Camp David?"

"Like you think anyone's going to nail down a scoop here today," Laurel scoffed. Her dark auburn hair, styled in a sleek, no-nonsense cut that ended at her earlobes, hinted at a redhead's temper she usually kept tightly controlled. Her eyes were a cool, intelligent green in a pale complexion, her nose was straight, her mouth generous, and her chin as stubborn as she herself was. "We're being herded around the place like a bunch of senior citizens on an If-It's-Wednesday-This-Must-Be-Camp-David bus tour from hell."

"Hey, it's not every day you can watch two world leaders knocking down ten pins in the Nixon bowling alley."

"Bowling for Peace," she muttered. "Now, that's going to catch on. I'm still trying to find out if those were new shoes they gave the prime minister, but no one's talking."

"Go get 'em, Lois Lane. That story's bound to get you a banner headline."

"That's my point, Max. There is no story here. At least nothing new, other than their refusal to release the president's scorecard and the chef's diplomatic faux pas of serving sun-dried tomatoes with the beef tenderloin. I mean, really, no one's eaten sun-dried tomatoes since the Clinton Administration."

"I thought they ate Big Macs."

"Cute." Actually, a big, juicy cheeseburger with fries sounded a lot better than the uninspired deli spread of sliced cheese and cold meat that had been laid out for reporters in the mess hall. "It's an evil plot cooked up by the politicos to do away with us."

She felt the sting at the back of her neck and slapped again, an instant too late. "The gang in the White House is probably hoping all of us nuisances in the press corps will be attacked by a swarm of West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes and drop dead before the election."

Unfortunately, the organ player wearing Marine dress blues chose that moment to pound out the last chord, which left Laurel's conspiracy theory hanging on the steamy air. The president and First Lady, displaying impeccable manners in the front row, did not turn around. Neither did the prime minister.

Her peers were not as polite.

Pretending vast interest in the flags on either side of the linen-draped altar at the front of the chapel, Laurel ignored their evil grins.

Two hours later, she was back in the Clinton Room at the Cozy Country Inn in nearby Thurmont, soaking in the Jacuzzi tub, when her cell phone started playing the theme from Jaws.

Buh dum. Buh dum.

"No one's home." She took a long swallow of the frozen margarita she'd brought up from the pub and savored the icy tartness. 

Buh dum. Buh dum.

"Undoubtedly some jokers wanting to rag me about my big mouth." Journalism was a blood sport; she'd do the same thing if it'd been Max who'd jammed his Bruno Magli into his mouth. 

Dum dum dum dum.

Some people might be able to ignore a ringing phone. Laurel was not one of them. Splashing water onto the floor, she lunged for the cell phone she'd left on the sink.

"Oh, hell." The caller screen identified her Washington Post editor. She punched Talk. "Yes, Barry, I'm afraid it's true," she admitted, not bothering to waste time with hellos. "I insulted the entire White House in front of a foreign dignitary. You can probably read all about it in tomorrow's Washington Times."  

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Pages: 399
Published: 2004

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