Lost and Found (Jayne Ann Krentz)

June 20, 2016 Book Reviews 2 ★★★½

Lost and Found (Jayne Ann Krentz)Lost and Found by Jayne Ann Krentz
Published by Jove on 2001
Genres: Mystery, Romantic suspense
Pages: 355
Format: Paperback
Source: my personal collection
Goodreads
three-half-stars
Also by this author: Copper Beach, Dream Eyes, River Road, Secret Sisters, Eye of the Beholder, Sharp Edges, When All the Girls Have Gone

Cady Briggs is useful to Mack Easton. Her expertise in art and antiques helps his low-profile company, Lost and Found, find missing treasures for high-paying clients. But Cady knows that being useful to a client is one thing—and being used is another. So no matter how alluring she finds Mack, she plans to keep business and pleasure entirely separate.

But then a sudden tragedy puts Cady in charge of Chatelaine’s, her family’s prestigious art and antiques gallery. Suddenly the roles are reversed, as strange developments at Chatelaine’s lead Cady to ask for help from none other than Mack Easton. And instead of tracking down missing masterpieces together, they’ll be hunting for a killer…

Review

Lost and Found is more of a mystery with romance or perhaps a romance with mystery than the usual JAK-style romantic suspense. In fact, I found it less suspenseful than some of Krentz’s other books, but nonetheless enjoyable. As a mystery, my main complaint is that we don’t have all the facts, making it difficult to figure out the culprit in one instance.

Krentz usually creates interesting, sympathetic characters for her heroine and hero. I particularly appreciated having a heroine (Cady) who deals with anxiety and panic attacks without having her portrayed as weak or fragile; she’s a strong, intelligent, capable woman who, through a combination of a traumatic event in her past and a genetic predisposition, happens to experience panic attacks. And she has learned to deal with them. Since I’ve struggled with them myself (though like Cady, I haven’t had one in several years), I really connected with her on that account. I also found myself as frustrated as Cady is over the way in which everyone (except Mack) thinks Cady is just like her Aunt Vesta, and therefore see her as cold and frigid. You’d think her cousins, at least, would know better.

I liked Mack, the hero, a man who has dealt with the loss of a beloved wife but who is ready to move on with his life. Initially, he’s a bit too used to being in charge, a fact which irritates Cady as much as it would me, but he gets over it — mostly. It’s unusual to have a Krentz hero with a child, let alone a grown-up child, but it worked, and the changing relationship between Mack and his daughter Gabriella seems realistic (even if Gabriella seems a little immature for a 19-year-old.)

The overall plot and secondary characterizations were all right, but they really don’t stand out in comparison to Krentz’s best books. The hunt for an antique helmet which opens the book is solved too quickly and has little to do with the rest of the story. It introduces three secondary characters, all of whom had the potential to be quite interesting, and subsequently ignores two of them and relegates the third to “very minor” status for the remainder of the book. I tend to be less interested in mysteries involving business mergers or takeovers, which is the focus of the main plot, and while this one is enlivened by somewhat by antiques fraud and the possibility of murder, the book lacks suspense through much of its length, leading to my 3.5-star rating.

The bottom line: Lost and Found is worth reading if you’re a Krentz fan, but it’s not quite typical of her work, and it’s not among her best. If you’re just getting started, try something like Secret SistersTrust No One, or the older All Night Long instead.

three-half-stars

About Jayne Ann Krentz

The author of over 40 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.

She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University in California. Before she began writing full time she worked as a librarian in both academic and corporate libraries.

Ms. Krentz is married and lives with her husband, Frank, in Seattle, Washington.

Pseudonyms: Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick, Stephanie James, Jayne Bentley, Jayne Taylor, Amanda Glass.

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2 Responses to “Lost and Found (Jayne Ann Krentz)”

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I’m about 90% sure I’ve read this before (though I could be getting this confused with a Nora Roberts that has a similar plot) and from what you say it’s not too surprising that I didn’t find it to memorable though I’m sure I enjoyed it. I wouldn’t mind rereading this. It sounds like a good one to pick up when I’m sick in bed and don’t want something that will make me think too much but will still keep me entertained.
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  2. Rita @ View From My Books

    I never read this as I’ve only read a few newer ones by this author.

    However, as my younger daughter is hampered by anxiety disorder, panic disorder and agoraphobia, and I have anxiety problems, had a couple of panic attacks (but not in recent years), I like when an author doesn’t try to paint that character as weak, or as someone who brought the problem on themselves. Nobody would want to have this problem– it’s a burden, not a cry for attention.

    Thanks for sharing older titles sometimes. I fully intend to read many more older books this year.
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