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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 447 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; New edition edition (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821770837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821770832
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,424,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Popular romantic suspense writer Cameron (Glass Houses, etc.) concocts a gummy Cajun stew of a novel, cramming a cast of bayou denizens into this oddly off-balance offering. When Bonnie Blue, an enigmatic singer passing through Toussaint, La., is strangled at the local church, town residents assume her death has nothing to do with two other recent murders. Redhead Reb O'Brien, the local doctor, isn't so sure, and when Marc Girard, town prodigal son and Reb's high school crush, comes back to investigate the crime, matters become even more complicated. Marc believes Blue was his estranged older sister Amy; Reb is ready to believe him, but finds she must concentrate on her own safety when she and her poodle, Gaston, are attacked. Local priest Cyrus and his assistant Madge are also distraught, as they had been trying to help Bonnie Blue before she was killed. Cyrus's eccentric housekeeper, Oribel, and her beautiful, sly daughter, Precious, have their own ideas about what is going on, and Precious is involved in more than just plotting to keep her errant husband, Chauncey Depew, in line. Meanwhile, Marc finds himself still inexorably drawn to Reb, and she to him, just as when they were in school. Strangely for so ordinarily adept a writer, Cameron fumbles her plot and badly misjudges the novel's pacing. The dialogue is choppy and the ending is jarringly abrupt, as if missing a large piece of the action. (Sept.) Forecast: Cameron has a proven track record, but even fans may be baffled by this latest.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Reb O'Brien, Toussaint's motorcycle-riding doc, may be the only citizen happy to see absentee landlord Marc Girard return to their sleepy bayou. Marc is on a quest for his missing sister, and even though the death of a woman found in the church was ruled accidental, Reb is not convinced because a serial rapist and killer has been active in the area. He even wants to have the body exhumed to see if she was his sister, which doesn't go over too well in this close-knit community or with hunky Father Cyrus. The dynamics between Reb and Marc, which began in childhood, are intriguing, as are the secret lives of several characters that culminate in a deadly confrontation. Cameron is a master at skillfully integrating sizzlingly sensual love scenes into her fast-moving plots, and readers won't want this mesmerizing tale to end, but they will be pleased to know that the folks in Toussaint will be revisited in the future. Diana Tixier Herald
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Stella Cameron is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author. With over fourteen million copies of her books in print, Cameron is now turning her pen to mysteries and independently publishing COLD, Introducing Alex Duggins. She draws on her English background for this new, already critically acclaimed mystery series. Atmospheric, deeply character and relationship driven, COLD reveals the power of old secrets to twist the present. Cameron's reputation for using her backgrounds to add tension and allure to her stories is heightened again.

Cameron is the recipient of the Pacific Northwest Achievement Award for distinguished professional achievement and for enhancing the stature of the Northwest Literary community. She lives in Washington with her husband Jerry, her Papillon Millie, black cat Zipper, and a cheeky little tabby named Jack.

Customer Reviews

Don't waste your time and/or money.......
A. D. Fagley
The conversations between the characters were often confusing and at time there were too many characters speaking at the same time.
Kristi Ahlers
Even the two main characters are not well developed.
Karry Books

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Gould VINE VOICE on September 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I enjoyed reading Stella Cameron's "A Cold Day In July". The characters were compelling and the plot was intriguing. The culprit was cleverly disguised and the investigation was intelligent. The romance between Reb and Marc evolved slowly at first but really heated up at the end. It really had me going and then it just ended. I had gotten a used copy so I cursed myself for trying to save a few bucks and went out to find the complete story. Wasn't I surprised to learn that my copy was as complete as any other. What happened? Where were Cameron's editors? Okay, the book is good if you like to make up your own ending otherwise beware.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Retail mama on December 31, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
At first glance this book looked like it had all the elements - New Orleans, murder, romance - to make a fine mystery/suspense novel. However, this novel is basically rendered unreadable by poor plotting, horrible timing and confusing dialogue. I am a readaholic and almost always finish any book that I start but I couldn't even make it half the way through this pile of drivel. It is a terrible disappointment and I wish I could return mine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Stella Cameron weaves her story will skill and suspense. Like any good mystery you are unable to 'guess' the ending until you arrive at those last few pages. Unfortunately Ms Cameron leaves the story line at a scene where you may have answered the "who did it" question .... however you are forced to leave the main characters in limbo. The reader has no closure for the group of characters you have grown to know throughout the story. You are left with a miriad of questions regarding their outcomes. I would give this story 5 stars right up to the last page...but reduced it to 3 stars simply because there was no closure. Having read all of Ms Cameron's other books I found this ending very atypical.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Hennessy on August 28, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I logged on to Amazon.com to see if this book really ended so oddly, or if I was missing pages. It was a very good read, with an unsatisfying ending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Glover on July 15, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the worse book I have read in a very long time, and I read a lot. It was a tease starting out with several interesting characters that were never developed. No character was truly likable because there was not enough information offered to make them 3-dimensional. Gaps and blunders abound. For example: Why did people hate Marc? How could Reb go from cold to hot so fast? What happened to Amy? Who was Bonnie Blue? What was the deal with the photograph? Why did Oribel think she was Cyrus' proctector? And the biggest blunder of all... what made the publishers think this novel was finished?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I would not recommend this book. The writing is so uneven, you don't care what happens to the characters. The ending is terrible. She ends without resolutions for any of the characters. The plot is so convoluted, it's pathetic. You will come away from reading this book feeling totally cheated! I expect more of Stella Cameron than this. I can't believe her publishers actually let this one pass through. They must be getting desperate.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Herzik on January 12, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked this book up as I had read FRENCH QUARTER and thought this novel would be of the same caliber. My review will be short as 2 other reviewers have summed up my feelings. This book was poorly written. The plot was a disjointed patchwork of subplots. The dialog was static. The writer would randomly hint that a character might have something forthcoming and then drop the thread. There was no flow from one chapter, really paragraph, to another. No explantion was given as to why Father Cyrus felt such anomosity towards Marc, for that matter what had Marc's father done to have a whole town hate him so much? It was never explained and became annoying and stupid when "town folk" treated the owner of at least one half the town with such open hostility. It didn't make a lick of sense and that sums up my review of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacqui on November 9, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The worst Stella Cameron novel I've ever read, and totally not like her. It suffered from horrible pacing, the main characters' romantic encounters just seemed random, as though Cameron went back and just added them in later after the book was completed. As for the ending, I actually had to check the page numbers because I thought the printer had left a few pages out, but unfortunately that wasn't the case. The ending was jarringly abrupt. Completely unlike Stella Cameron, whose historicals have always kept my attention. I actually couldn't wait for this one to end.
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