Tracy is always out of sync with the "real" world, not to mention her conventional attorney husband, Drew. Tracy is always looking for her first case to solve, but she never expects it to pop up during her sister-in-law's wedding - until the bride is kidnapped.
When her in-laws would rather meet the bizarre ransom demand than inform the police, Tracy knows that finding Marissa is up to her. But one mystery leads to another until even the family legend of the evil gypsy queen comes under scrutiny. Is it the childhood fable Marissa claimed it to be, or the dark prophecy of things to come?
©1999 Kris Neri; (P)2002 Books in Motion
"In a chatty, rambunctious, and wryly humorous style, Tracy narrates a tale that will captivate readers with sharply drawn characters, continual action, and unlikely circumstances. A real treat." (Library Journal)
The tongue-in-cheek humor created by the author is perfectly matched by the reader. The heroine's view of life is enjoyably refreshing. The book is not laced with profanity, or explicit sex. I found myself entertained from the start to the unexpected ending. I hope the combination of author and reader continue for more audiobooks.
It's unclear how the author feels about her characters: at times she seems derisive and sneering; at other times, without much segue, they have turned into decent, lovable folk. The storyline is close to preposterous, the events unbelievable, the wrap-up a little too omniscient.
The narrator is a practitioner of "upspeak," although here she is not quite as bad as in other books? Declarative sentences are often read as if they are questions? It becomes quite vexing after a few pages?
I admit I had a hard time keeping up with the plot in this one, but the characters were interesting, the narrator was excellent, and the book wasn't overly long.
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