The Yellow Packard    -     By: Ace Colllins
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Barbour Books / 2012 / Paperback

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After George Hall buys a used 1936 Packard, a myriad of good fortune comes his way. That is, until his daughter is kidnapped and he's falsely accused of a crime! Now the luxury auto is in the custody of FBI agent Helen Meeker. Will she discover the Packard's secrets in time---or become the next victim? 320 pages, softcover from Barbour.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Barbour Books
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1616267526
ISBN-13: 9781616267520
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Publisher's Description

Buckle up for intrigue and adventure in scenic Depression-era America. George Hall, a draftsman, buys a 1936 Packard sedan from the estate of spinster Abigale Watling in Oakwood, Illinois. At first, the car brings George, his wife Jean, and their daughter Rose an unexpected boon. But tragedy follows when Rose is kidnapped. The auto then comes into the possession of salesman William Landers, FBI agent Helen Meeker, and serviceman James Coffman’s family. As clues to the kidnapping caper come to light, more than one life is in jeopardy. Will Agent Meeker catch the culprit before it’s too late?

Author Bio

Ace Collins lives to write! His writing career spans over two decades with more than sixty titles to his credit. Ace has won numerous awards for his writing including three Golden Quills, an America’s Writing Award, and the Angel of Excellence Award. An Arkansas-based writer, Ace has been married for thirty-five years. He and his wife, Kathy, have two sons. Ace’s hobbies include restoring classic cars, collecting movie memorabilia from the Golden Age of Hollywood, and following college basketball.

Publishers Weekly

The latest novel from bestselling author Collins (Farraday Road; Swope’s Ridge) is a smooth ride into a kidnapping-murder, and the lives of a number of people connected to it through a mysterious car. Could the new 1936 yellow Packard be responsible for tragedies that wreck its owners’ lives? (At times the author has us wondering whether the car is a cousin of Stephen King’s “Christine.”) Or could the auto provide the answers they all need to find happiness? Master storytelling transports us down a scenic road where agent Helen Meeker tries to prove that a woman can cut it in J. Edgar Hoover’s old-boy’s club at the FBI, while faith and circumstance combine to shape lives during the years just prior to World War II. The deeply developed characters carpool in a high-octane plot. The only bump in the road comes when the story shifts from one owner of the car to another. Agent: Joyce Hart, Hartline Literary Agency (Oct.) 2012 Reed Business Information

Editorial Reviews

The latest novel from bestselling author Collins is a smooth ride into a kidnapping-murder, and the lives of a number of people connected to it through a mysterious car. Could the new 1936 yellow Packard be responsible for tragedies that wreck its owners’ lives? (At times the author has us wondering whether the car is a cousin of Stephen King’s “Christine.”) Or could the auto provide the answers they all need to find happiness? Master storytelling transports us down a scenic road where agent Helen Meeker tries to prove that a woman can cut it in J. Edgar Hoover’s old-boy’s club at the FBI, while faith and circumstance combine to shape lives during the years just prior to World War II. The deeply developed characters carpool in a high-octane plot. The only bump in the road comes when the story shifts from one owner of the car to another.

Are some cars built evil? Collins tantalizes with this question and incorporates his love of classic cars into his latest. It’s an unforgettable, fast-paced and memorable mystery with a splash of intrigue and some romance.

This novel appeals to a variety of readers. It features enough details about the Packard plant and the struggles of all auto companies through the depression to hook car enthusiasts. They will also relate to the fascination every owner has for the sporty Packard and the motto “ask the man who owns one.” The novel also appeals to mystery fans as they try to piece together the clues to solve a murder, a kidnapping and track down a most- wanted criminal. Female readers will relate to the battle FBI Agent Helen Meeker fights to get into “the men’s club.” Having Eleanor Roosevelt as an ally helps. Helen can relate to the anguish the Hall family goes through when their daughter Rose is kidnapped and the Packard is stolen along with the ransom money. She reveals to her FBI partner Reese that her younger sister was kidnapped and never found.

Ace Collins is the author and an avid collector of classic cars. Collin’s book would make a good Father’s Day present. When Dad puts it down, the rest of the family can enjoy the read.

The title is enticing as to the story it holds,eyeing the curves and the straight lines. THis book had you travel from the inside of a study to a small town that held memories, good bad and some that never wanted to surface.  I loved this story, it pulled me in almost without warning, I had to find a place to get comfortable as I was not letting it down.  The mystery was set up in a way the reader had to ask themselves, what is the real mystery? Everything was important and intriguing. The Yellow Packard itself, in its strength and beauty weaves a tale of love and loss.  This book is more than a good read it is a wold ride that never leaves you on the side of the road longing for a ride.

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  1. Wisconsin
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Can a Car Be a Curse?
    November 28, 2014
    Rose Blue
    Wisconsin
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    A bright yellow, 1936 Packard seems to be a curse. George Hall buys it and finds good fortune. Then his little daughter Rose is kidnapped and the car is stolen. Working with the FBI, Helen Meeker is determined to bring closure for George and Carole Hall.

    Most kidnapped children are killed within the first few days. Hope dims for Rose, but eventually the Packard is found, repainted blue. It yields a few clues, but the search for Rose keeps stalling in dead ends.

    The car changes hands a few times. The U.S. is pulled into World War II. And then a chance encounter between the car's new owner and another woman working at a war plant breaks the case wide open.

    For me, the novel was a slow starter. The first few chapters focusing on the Hall family didn't entice me to keep reading, but once the story shifted to Helen Meeker, it grabbed me. Cracking the FBI's male bastion proved a harder task for Helen than solving a kidnapping. The ending proved to be unexpectedly poignant.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Yellow Packard
    November 1, 2014
    Ginger
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I bought this for my husband. He loves mysteries and is a lover of old cars. He loved this book. I went on web site and bought a couple more books by this author.

    Ginger

    California
  3. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 15, 2014
    Army Mom
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The year is 1937 and within mere weeks of purchasing the canary yellow Packard, Abbi Watling is murdered. So begin the whispers swirling of the curse that seems to come with the car. New father George Hall doesn't by into the local superstition and purchases the car at Abbi's estate auction, but then his daughter Rose is kidnapped and the Packard stolen. Enter Helen Meeker the FBI first female agent. Meeker is determined to find Rose no matter what the cost.

    I have to say that that I was really impressed by this book. It took a few chapter for me to settle into the novel, but once I did I couldn't wait to put it down. I had to see what was on the next page. There was many plot twists and turns, and I did pick up a few of the clues that the author left for us, but for me that just added to having to find out how all of the pieces fit together. If you want something different, don't let the cover put you off. This was a really great book.
  4. Avoca, WI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great read!
    January 17, 2014
    Mitzi
    Avoca, WI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I purchased this book for my hubby as a Christmas present for him. I read the reviews both pros and cons, I made my own decision that I thought he would enjoy it. He never reads in bed and just last evening he took the book to bed and said, "I am going to finish this tonight, though I don't really want it to end!"
  5. Chicago, Il
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    a lot of twists and turns with the packard
    January 8, 2014
    chas
    Chicago, Il
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Packards are not made any more but this story gave me a ride. Can an auto harbor and cause evil ? I was kept in suspense on that question . What I can say without spoiling the story is that you will not be disappointed as you read this book . My father had a Packard in the 1950's and I remember riding in it , so comfortable a ride , so my memory kicked in as this Packard traveled . Although you do not have to have any Packard memories to enjoy this story .
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