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To Die For | [Linda Howard]

To Die For

Blair Mallory lives the good life. She's pretty, confident, and the owner of a thriving upscale fitness center. But in the shadow of success, a troubled member of the club develops a strange fixation on her, imitating her style and dress. Matters take a darker turn when the look-alike is shot dead - and Blair witnesses the horror.
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Blair Mallory lives the good life. She's pretty, confident, and the owner of a thriving upscale fitness center. But in the shadow of success, a troubled member of the club develops a strange fixation on her, imitating her style and dress. Matters take a darker turn when the look-alike is shot dead - and Blair witnesses the horror.

As the media speculate on the tawdry details of the homicide and push Blair into the harsh spotlight, she locks horns with police lieutenant Wyatt Bloodsworth - he wants to lead an investigation without interference, while she is determined to probe the dead woman's life on her own.

But when someone begins to menace Blair with mounting threats, Wyatt takes notice: Was this murder indeed a lethal case of mistaken identity - and was Blair the intended victim?

©2004 Linda Howard; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Linda Maple Ridge, BC, Canada 01-16-14
    Linda Maple Ridge, BC, Canada 01-16-14
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    "Franette Liebow does an excellent job !!"
    What did you love best about To Die For?

    This story has humour, well drawn characters, great side bars and can be listened to more than once because you like the character's lives and it is fun to think about how to win some of the battles in a relationship and laugh while you are doing it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Blaire is the best, irritating, high maintenance, southern belle, ex-cheerleader that anyone would wish to meet.


    Which character – as performed by Franette Liebow – was your favorite?

    Franette was perfectly cast for this book. She has the perfect ladylike, yet baudy interpretation which highlights just how irritating and yet lovable Blaire can be. I think it's a shame that she isn't reading Drop Dead Gorgeous ( I like Joyce but this character is Franette's )


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nope - I pretty much smiled all the way through.


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    Kim COVINGTON, GA, United States 01-06-14
    Kim COVINGTON, GA, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful Story...Laugh Out Loud Funny"
    Would you consider the audio edition of To Die For to be better than the print version?

    I thought the same thing about the narrator when I first started listening, "Is she an old woman?" But as the book went on you got use to her voice, it is a little odd, but could only laugh at how funny she made spoiled little Blair sound. It was exactly how I pictured Blair. After listening to this first one and growing to love the southern, spoiled tone of her voice it made the second book almost, well boring. The southern accent turned into a country hick sound and you lost that sassy, cute southern girl that you loved so much in To Die For. If you listened once and gave this book a bad review because of the narrator, I say give it another go and really get to know Blair. Listen to how funny she is when she's laying in the parking lot and can't control what is coming out of her mouth. This book is a must read as far as I'm concered and I couldn't wait to hear more of Blair in the second book. That narrator did not capture Blair and I ended up having to get to know a total different character. Please try to stay with the same Narrator through a whole series. It would make for a truer story.


    What does Franette Liebow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She made Blair real.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughted out loud. Not many books can do that.


    Any additional comments?

    Stay true to your characters and keep the same narrator thought a series.

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    Chelan Clason FRESNO, CA, United States 08-15-13
    Chelan Clason FRESNO, CA, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "is this narrator a joke???"
    Would you try another book from Linda Howard and/or Franette Liebow?

    I love Linda Howard, but it is PAINFUL to listen to this narrator!! I'm honestly angry right now because I can't even finish the first chapter because her voice is like nails on a chalkboard! Is she TRYING to sound like a nervous 90 year old lady???


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    don't know! can't finish!!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Franette Liebow?

    ANYONE!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Music Lover it's a secret 05-21-13
    Music Lover it's a secret 05-21-13 Member Since 2013

    Your mileage may vary

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    "Very funny and good plot twists"

    I almost didn't keep going after the first few minutes, but once I got accustomed to the narrator who sounds way too old to be reading as a 30yo it was hilarious. The second book (Drop Dead Gorgeous) narrated by Joyce Bean sounds better for the character.

    I ended up really enjoying the first person point of view and the "insights" she gives about how to argue with a man and so forth are laugh out loud funny. This would make a great weekend read.

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    AtlantaBabe Atlanta 05-21-13
    AtlantaBabe Atlanta 05-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Just stupid"

    Hands down the worst Linda Howard book I've read/listened to. To make matters worse the fake southern accent of the narrator is awful. A waste of money.

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    Heather United States 04-29-13
    Heather United States 04-29-13
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    "disappointing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think there was any way to make this story enjoyable. There is no way to identify with the heroine of the story, she is spoiled, ditzy and always insists on her own way. This is one time when I didn't want the two characters to get together she was so horrid. I don't see any man putting up with a female like that!! There were definately funny parts and the story line was good but horrible female character.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator's female voice very grating.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from To Die For?

    The scene's themselves were fine just horrid interaction between the females and the hero. The also way to make this better would have been to make the heroine a decent person.


    Any additional comments?

    It should also be pointed out that this story is told in the first person for those of us that don't enjoy a story written in the first person.

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    Nicole Brighton, MI, United States 04-20-13
    Nicole Brighton, MI, United States 04-20-13

    Love Mystery and Romance Love it even better when they are all wrapped up into one story.

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    "Good Book Bad Performace"

    My review follows many of my fellow listeners, good book but bad narration. I found Blair to be a very refreshing character in the book, a true southern bell and her relationship with Wyatt was more believable then some other books. However I did not enjoy Franette Liebow’s voice in this book... I got used to it after a while of listening but each time I stopped and then listened to the book later I had to get re-used to it again her southern accent seemed really fake to me and not believable. But overall I'd say give it a try...

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    Dianne Herbert 04-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Working it with attitude!!!"

    I really, really like this series. (Drop Dead Gorgeous is the second book with these characters). I must since I've read both once and am on my third listen. Blair and cast are the books that I turn to when I want to laugh out loud. Linda Howard writes with such humor and a tongue-in-cheek style that I catch myself grinning and laughing--even though I know what is coming. The main character is a blonde southern belle who was a cheerleader in high school and, as a matter of fact, went to college on a cheerleading scholarship. She now runs a gym and the contrast of blonde bimbo (but only when she is intentionally laying it on) and business woman are tremendously entertaining. She witnesses a murder and is now a target. The police lieutenant is an man who dumped her without notice two years ago and she is going to make him pay. The resulting conversations between Blair and her man, Wyatt are priceless.

    I always hate when these to books reach the finish. Are they fluff? Yes! Are they poking a gentle bit of fun at the blonde stereotype? Yes! Are they worth your credits? YES!! I read or listen to escape. These two books are the perfect light entertainment to uplift your spirits and bring some laughter into your life. No, they aren't serious fiction but if I were stranded on an island and could bring a limited number of books--these two would be chosen. Everyone needs to laugh.

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    r. Gordonsville, VA, United States 02-08-13
    r. Gordonsville, VA, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "good narrator fits the story"

    This is a southern character and the voice suits. I thought the story was a hoot. I had passed this book by a couple of times based on the reviews. I listened to the sample and gave it a try. Glad I did.

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    Jacqueline PITTSFORD, NY, United States 01-12-13
    Jacqueline PITTSFORD, NY, United States 01-12-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Less than Interesting"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story itself was probably average. It could have been a better story with more action and less talk about "feeeeelings".


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her attempt at a southern accent was horrible. She made our heroine sound like a whining, brainless ninny. It was painful to listen to this.


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