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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    AtlantaBabe 05-21-13
    AtlantaBabe 05-21-13
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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 Member Since 2012
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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 Member Since 2013

    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 2011
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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. 02-08-13
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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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    Melody Huntington Beach, CA, United States 01-05-13
    Melody Huntington Beach, CA, United States 01-05-13 Member Since 2008
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    "OMG TOO FUNNY"
    If you could sum up To Die For in three words, what would they be?

    Too Darn Funny


    What was one of the most memorable moments of To Die For?

    "That's just not fair"


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

    The voice inflection makes the humor so much more than just the words


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

    This book is cracking me up


    Any additional comments?

    Give the book a chance. I started it and didnt think I was going to like it at all. I am half way thru and am laughing out loud so I am hoping the rest is just a funny.

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    Zena 08-22-12
    Zena 08-22-12
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    "Loved the Story"

    I listened to the sequel first and loved the narrator. I'm not as enamored of the narrator for this story. She did a great job with the other characters but I had a hard time with the voice she chose for the main character. The narrator nailed the southern accent but her voice had a slight quiver I associate with older women, therefore I had a hard time picturing the heroine as young and vibrant. That's my only complaint. Everything else, the other characterizations and the plot, were great. The story had several laugh out loud moments, and enough heat to make it a great romance.

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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 04-20-12
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2014

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Good once you get past the narrator."

    After you decide to continue even though the narrator is horrible, the book is funny. I have the ability to ignore a bad narrator so that the sorry is my main focus. With that said it turns out to be a good book as long as you are not looking for something deep.

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    Dalmania 12-18-11
    Dalmania 12-18-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story, Poor Narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story. Linda Howard's books are always a pleasure to read. However, the narrator uses a high whiny squeeky voice for Blair- the main character. It really detracts from the overall pleasure of the read. But this just too much.Blair is a constant complainer but the accent is over the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters make the book worth reading.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Franette Liebow’s performances?

    I would choose to avoid a performance by Franette Liebow's unless I really wanted the particular book.


    Did To Die For inspire you to do anything?

    I read all her books.


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