The Pirated Emerald

The Pirated Emerald

The Ardis Cole Series (Book 7)

by Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson


“… superbly crafted and entertaining mystery adventure …”

— Midwest Book Review

Ardis reached out for the glowing jewel encased in its thick, crude mounting of gold. She gazed incredulously at the ring, unable to believe that she held in her hand the famous pirated Sea Star Emerald.

When Ardis’ colleague, Red Michaels, is found crushed to death by a fallen beam in the wreck of the 1858 clipper ship, the Fortune, she flies to Galveston to take over his search for the ship’s treasures and to head the Fortune exhibit at the local museum.

Known to be aboard the sunken ship is a notorious jewel once stolen by the infamous pirate, Jean Lafitte, the Sea Star Emerald. Oliver Harrington, believing the gem to be the lost Harrington heirloom, traveled to America to purchase the Sea Star from an auction in New Orleans and was returning to England when the Fortune sank.

Ardis soon discovers that modern-day treasure hunters are determined to beat her to the jewel. After she retrieves the gem from the ocean’s depths, the Sea Star Emerald is pirated again.

Before the exhibit opens, Ardis is arrested for the crime. She suspects that she has been skillfully set up by the Harrington family. Or is she facing some unknown thief who has been relentlessly pursuing the jewel? With time running out, she must face a vicious killer and prove her innocence.


Mystery writers and sisters, Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson, are back! Co-authors of more than 40 mysteries, suspense, and western novels, plus numerous short stories, and the adventure continues in this seventh edition of The Ardis Cole Series, The Pirated Emerald. Good clean reading for all!


Midwest Book Review—Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton have effectively collaborated to present a series of superbly crafted and entertaining mystery adventures featuring Ardis Cole, an intelligent, fearless, and perservering young lady who finds herself in the midst of exciting and suspenseful mysteries set in a variety of different locales.

[Praise for Book 3] A&RBC Reviews, Teresa Beasley—Ardis Cole is back … [she] is hit with many obstacles from members being attacked, murder and surprising twists. The more Ardis digs for answers the more secrets she reveals related to the Han Dynasty tomb. Ardis’ trip to China turns out to be more than she bargained for. Readers will be in for a shock when Ardis pulls all the clues together. The Crimson Masquerade is about betrayal, secrets and greed. This book had a shocking ending which had me guessing until the end. The main character is consistent with the previous books in this series and the supporting characters were unique. I recommend The Crimson Masquerade to others.

[Praise for Book 1] Mystery Scene Magazine—Nice thrills and chills. The authors have obviously done their archeological homework, and in between all the mysterious goings-on, we learn fascinating details of Hatshepsut’s stormy reign. The Egyptology is all there, and it’s enjoyable.


Five Stars!The relationship dynamics are what make this book so interesting…the interaction of the characters are what move this story along to a very suspenceful conclusion.” —Jo Anderson A.L.R.

Midwest Book Review “Superbly crafted and enteraining, highly recommended.” —James Cox

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Vickie Britton

Vickie Britton

Loretta Jackson

Loretta Jackson

Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson are not only experts in researching the setting for their novels; they also travel to the location to get a sense of the local scenery and to learn more about the culture. Britton holds a degree in British Literature and has taken courses in forensics and criminal justice. Jackson, a graduate of K.U., has taught English and Creative Writing at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and at Mission Valley near Eskridge, Kansas. Both authors reside in Kansas.

Britton and Jackson are available for book signings and book club discussions.

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ISBN: 978-1-939054-83-8

Softcover: Perfect bind

Trim Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″

Pages: 306