Nora Roberts' The Collector
When professional house-sitter Lila Emerson witnesses a murder/suicide from her current apartment-sitting job, life as she knows it takes a dramatic turn. Suddenly, the woman with no permanent ties finds herself almost wishing for one. . . .
Artist Ashton Archer knows his brother isn’t capable of violence—against himself or others. He recruits Lila, the only eyewitness, to help him uncover what happened. Ash longs to paint her as intensely as he hungers to touch her. But their investigation draws them into a rarified circle where priceless antiques are bought, sold, gambled away, and stolen, where what you possess is who you are, and where what you desire becomes a deadly obsession. . . .(thanks to her website)
I enjoyed this story,mystery and romance. A bit too long in the end,but I was never that bored reading the book. The characters are all rather believable and the whole situation felt like I was watching a tv show. A rather dark,edgier NR book but I liked it. I give a B.