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DebbieTop Contributor: Makeup
5.0 out of 5 starsPulls me in and doesn't let me down.
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2016
The author has a talent for red herrings that don't stink. Possibilities abound but nothing is wrapped up until very close to the end. The actual solution has had ribbons of facts leading up to it since early in the book, and yet the ribbons didn't tie together until very near the end. There are situations that seem to be the beginnings of standard shticks in murder mysteries, but they aren't. And I really wish that the mother would make her daughter eat fruit and tell her boyfriend to back off a bit and not feel guilty about it. Which means that I've gotten wrapped up in the character - which of course doesn't always happen. I do wish that the author would have invested in having someone grammatically proof her work, "corner" is repeatedly printed "comer" in her first book and she has similar mistakes in the second one. But she does speak in a manner where the words are a means of telling the story and aren't themselves a distraction. In some Amazon books, the author has a good story to tell, but the style is so arduous that if I make it to the end, I want to try and rewrite the story for them. Not here, the reading is without effort except where the occasional lack of proofing pulls me back into my bedroom.
I am not usually crazy about"housewife-turns-detective" stories, but this one was pretty decent. Most of the characters, with the exception of the "bad guys" were very likable and believable. The ending was a surprising twist. Did not see it coming!
Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2011
This is the second in this short series. At first it seemed not very interesting and ordinary but as it moved along I became interested in her relationship with the daughter of the victim and wanted to know where it would go. It turned out to be a good book and I recommend it.