Genre: Romantic Suspense
On Thursday, Isabelle, a librarian, runs into Sam, a NYC detective, and they argue about the incessant noise of her car alarm. This sets the tone for their relationship: mutual attraction tempered by frustration. Isabelle, a newcomer to NYC, has complete trust in the goodness of mankind, but is reticent to let people, especially men, get close to her. Sam, who has warm relationships with people he knows well, has seen too much violence and crime to trust the general public.
Ok, I’m sorry, but I hate her. HATE HER. Car alarms are the bane of civilization. Mayor Mike wants to ban them. I totally agree. If this dame has a car alarm, I hate her.
Later that evening, Grace Weldon, the President of the Council for the Preservation of New York History, is murdered at the Van Roemer House, a historic museum located in the Williams River Park. While walking her dogs the next morning, Isabelle finds the body wrapped in a carpet. Sam and Aisha, his partner, are the detectives investigating the murder.
If you set this in a real city, NYC, why are you making up parks that don't exist? We have a very nice one here very suitable for bodies. We call it Central Park.
The primary suspect is Grace's husband, although the detectives are interested in Edward Ridgely, the curator of the museum, who is out of town on vacation. Later that week, two girls riding in the park find the body of Coral Jennings, who has a connection with both Arthur Weldon and Edward Ridgely.
While Sam and Aisha work on a coded letter found in Jennings's apartment, Isabelle uses her skills to investigate the connection between the murders and the museum. Sam and Isabelle attend a fundraiser at the museum and snoop around the house. Both Ridgely and Weldon are in attendance. At the party, two men meet in a secluded corner to discuss the removal of certain antiques from the house, the two murders, and the investigation.
Yea, that's where I do my best criminal schemeing: public parties.
After a follow up visit to the Jennings crime scene, Sam discovers DNA evidence, but does not have enough probable cause to request a sample from either of the two main suspects. Sam and Aisha continue their investigation which leads them to Arliss Weatherfield, the interim President of the CPNYH, and Martha Vanderleer, a long time member of Council. During an interview, Martha tells Aisha that Grace's grandmother used to be the Van Roemer housekeeper when the family was still living in the house.
Arliss returns home early from a trip to surprise her lover. Her lover, however, surprises her because he planned on using her absence to steal a necklace he had given her. The necklace is part of the inventory stolen from the Van Roemer House. When he finds her home, he murders her and stages it to look like a random burglary.
When the body is discovered and it is determined that Arliss's husband has a rock solid alibi, Sam and Aisha are called in. They find DNA evidence at the crime scene, which matches the DNA from the Jennings murder.
Based on her research, Isabelle believes that there is a secret passage in the Van Roemer House and during a field trip discovers the hidden entrance. She returns later that afternoon and investigates. While she is in the house, it is locked up and she sneaks through the attic to the entrance into the curator's section of the house. Snooping through a desk in Ridgely's study, she finds pictures of antique furniture and jewelry. She is caught by Ridgely. His plans to murder her and dispose of her body are interrupted by a phone call, so he ties her to a chair, to deal with later.
Boy, you'd think this guy had never seen a B-movie before. You never leave anyone tied up to deal with later.
Ridgely meets with his partner at the storage locker where the stolen antiques are being housed. The partner decides that Ridgely is a risk he is unwilling to accept and murders him. He then goes to the museum to deal with Isabelle and destroy any evidence tying him to the murders and stolen property.
Sam, following up on Isabelle's phone message, rescues her and decides to hide her at his parents' house so she can't get further involved in the investigation. Isabelle is told she can not leave the house unless accompanied by one of his family members. Isabelle and Sam are followed to his parents’ house and Ridgely's partner places an accomplice on the street to watch the house.
The next morning, Isabelle joins Sam's sister on a shopping trip. While browsing through an antique store, Isabelle notices a man outside who was in one of the pictures she saw at Ridgley's. She leaves the store to confront him, feeling safe on the crowded streets. The man pushes her into a waiting vehicle.
She deserves whatever she gets for being stupid. Sadly, I think she's the "heroine" so she gets to live.
Sam's sister tracks him down at Ridgely's murder scene to tell him what happened to Isabelle. Meanwhile, Isabelle secretly uses her cell phone to dial 911 and give them information on her location. The cops eventually track her down to a storage facility in Queens. After a confrontation, Karl Marxsen, Ridgley's partner, is wounded and Isabelle is again rescued by a pissed off Sam.
Yea, I’d be pissed off too. First she has a car alarm, now she needs rescuing all the time.
Sam and Aisha connect the details of the investigation and determine that Grace's grandmother left a diary that mentioned antiques being hidden in the house during the stock market crash in 1929. Grace made a list of the antiques, which was accidentally mailed to Ridgely. Ridgely, realizing the importance of the list, located the secret room where they were hidden and contacted Karl Marxsen to help him sell them. Marxsen murdered Grace when she found him at the house removing the antiques.
Ridgley murdered Coral Jennings because she saw him in NYC when he was supposed to be out of town. He murdered Arliss Weatherfield because she messed up his plans to get back the necklace.
Sam’s and Isabelle’s plans to finally make love fizzle when Sam realizes that Isabelle still doesn't trust him. At this point in their relationship, Sam expects Isabelle to have overcome her trust issues. Isabelle's friend, Sophia, and Sam's sister, Reilly, conspire to get the couple back together and Sam and Isabelle live somewhat happily ever after. While this is a romance and "happily ever after" is expected, it is also a contemporary and relationships take a lot of hard work and are filled with ups and downs.
You’ve fallen into the “event list” trap here and given us no real sense of character. People are dropping like flies here; the body count is a little high for anything I’d call romantic suspense.
And you’ve got nothing fresh here: victim tied to chair, accidental lists, jewel robberies, yawn yawn yawn. One of the the things you’ll hear agents say about what they look for is “something that surprises me”. This doesn’t.
I'm really really tired of weak ass women who need to be rescued all the time.
Plus..there’s that car alarm.