by Michele Albert

April 2007
ISBN: 978-1-4165-3139-5
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Mass Market Paperback

“Avalon is a secret organization of mercenaries whose operatives track down stolen art and looted antiquities, chase down art thieves and forgers………”

Will Tierney, Avalon agent, has been given a semi-easy assignment – head to Boston and investigate the rumor of some Byzantine art about to hit the market along with something called the Eudoxia Reliquary. The Reliquary is owned by a Boston businessman who has decided to sell the piece to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with the stipulation that first-rate reproductions be made for his personal collection. He gives the reproduction job to a “friend” in the business and Avalon determines that the Met, along with the businessman, will be receiving reproductions, while the real piece is sold on the Black Market. Will’s job is to find out which of the three people working at Haddington Reproductions is the culprit. There are two kickers in this particular case - one of the suspects happens to be Mia Dolan, the woman who broke Will’s heart in college and the second Avalon believes is a criminal they have been after for years may be involved!

Mia is amazed when Will walks into the shop, claiming to be a freelance journalist for an art magazine. He’s in town to interview Mia’s boss Hugh Haddington but when she left him eight years ago, the only thing he knew about art was what he learned for being dragged to museums by her! However, she’s happy to see him since dumping him was one of the biggest mistakes she’d ever made! When Will starts acting like a lot more than just a journalist, Mia starts getting suspicious. When her co-worker starts acting strange around Will, she’s even more suspicious!

What’s going on at Haddington? Is there some illegal hanky-panky? Who’s behind it? These questions will be answered for you and the “whys” may surprise you! Tough Enough by Michele Albert is the first book in the Avalon Series and I’m hooked, even though I don’t know that much about art!! I loved Will Tierney! My feelings toward Mia were ambiguous, at best but in the end, they are perfect for one another. I can’t wait for the second book in the Avalon series.

Reviewed in June 2007 by PamL.

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