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“Well-paced and skillfully told, with an outstanding sense of place, an enjoyable main character, and entertaining supporting cast.... [It] swept me off my feet.” -- Venus de Hilo, 5-star review

“A delightful book – it will enchant you with exotic places and interesting characters.” -- Linda Osborn, 5-star review

Dumped by her husband just as he finishes law school, and disillusioned by her loss of another unsatisfying office job, Ainsley Walker is approaching thirty with nothing to show for it.


She accepts an offer from an elderly art dealer to travel to the country of Uruguay—the forgotten jewel of South America—to purchase a valuable amethyst treasure, El Árbol Negro.

In a runaway adventure that propels her from historic auction houses to remote villages, from beef ranches to elite beach resorts, Ainsley finds joy, pain, friendship, duplicity, and murder—

--and, most importantly, a new purpose in life.

From an author who worked on the foreign desk of The Washington Post …

…who explored North and South America for nearly twelve months…

…who was a finalist in a prestigious short story contest sponsored by the estate of F. Scott Fitzgerald …

…comes a travel adventure that will change the way you see your life.

Length: Approximately 74,000 words.
Second in the series.

Praise for the Ainsley Walker Gemstone Travel Mystery series:

“ exciting new writer.” -- Pamela Barrett, 5-star review

“The writing is tight, I just love the main character ... I can't wait to read more about where her adventures take her!” -- Kenetha Stanton

“I recommend this to anyone ... it is definitely worth the money.” -- J Bronder, 5-star review

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