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Death Drop (Figure Skating) Mass Market Paperback – October 3, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: Figure Skating (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1ST edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425212661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425212660
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 3.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,024,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. K. Stokes on October 31, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The setting is Nationals, when a baby is found abandoned after an ice dancing practice session, and the presumed mother, former ice dancing champion Allison Adler, is discovered hanged in the costume room. It's soon evident that she was murdered, and once again, figure skating researcher Bex Levy finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery.

Everyone wants the baby, and as many reasons as there are for the various custody claims, there are even more motives for murder. It seems everyone has a secret, but all secrets are not necessarily lethal ones.

In addition to the murder and paternity issues, there's a nice thread involving the young skater from On Thin Ice and his father, who's a possible romantic interest for Bex.

The Good:

The skating details. There were just enough to ground me in the setting and to make me feel like a bit of an insider, but not enough to be overwhelming.

The characters. Bex is a realistic, likeable heroine, and all the secondary characters were well-enough developed that even though there were quite a few of them for a relatively short (233-page) book, I didn't have any trouble distinguishing them.

The mystery. There are plenty of suspects and clues, and the resolution is both logical and surprising.

The writing. It's clean and engaging, and doesn't get in the way of the story.

The Bad:

I got a bit confused about one character's secret, between the truth, the spin, and what various characters believed, though I admit that could be because I was reading it way too late at night.

The Surprising:

The thread about the meaning of fatherhood. It was surprisingly emotional, but not in a maudlin or overdone way.

The Verdict:

Another exciting episode in a fun, well-written series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sires on December 15, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There's one humongous spoiler below, but otherwise I couldn't explain why a book I liked was a mystery that irritated me. I'll put the spoiler at the very end of the review with a few lines and another spoiler warning.

Bex Levy, researcher for the 24/7 sports channel, was watching skaters practice for the Nationals when a stir of activity caught her attention. Allison Adler, a former rising star who had disappeared from the scene a year ago was found dead, hanging in the wardrobe room by a sequined belt. At rink side sits a car seat with her baby in it.

The baby is immediately claimed by her former coach as his child. But there are a lot of unanswered questions, such as how did she die and exactly who is the father of her young child.

Breezy, with a good knowledge of behind the scenes information, there's nothing graphic about this mystery. It all depends of Bex asking questions of the other characters while around her a family drama plays out between Craig and his son, another rising young star, Jeremy.

If you just want to read a book about ice skating and don't really care about the mystery part, go for it.

SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler-- You have been warned above. Go no further if you don't want to be SPOILERED.

Supposedly, the key to the baby's father turns on a DNA test which showed that the coach was indeed the father. It is explained that this was rigged by someone kissing the real father rather roughly and getting some of his spit and cheek cells in the process that was somehow transferred to the swab without the father knowing it. This book was published in 2006 and even then the lab would know that there was two contributors to the DNA and be able to separate them out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Slater VINE VOICE on December 14, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bex Levy returns to the world of competition figure skating as the researcher for 24/7 Television Network in this fourth novel in the series. This time Bex must find out the mystery behind the infant left in the arena at the Nationals, and why the baby's mother, Allison Adler, an ice dancer who mysteriously left the rink a year ago, is hanging in the cooler from a sequined belt. But leery from events in the past, Bex is hesitant to follow the clues that will uncover personal secrets

Bex's job is to research and provide all information for 24/7 on and about the participants, their sponsors, and ice skating history facts, etc. So when she hears stirrings from the other rink about an abandoned baby, she makes it her business to find out what is going on that has the police involved. When she finds that there is also another death involved, she hesitates about getting mixed up after her last investigation ended up in murder and kidnapping.

Two prominent skating figures come forward claiming to be the father of the baby, and the mother's step-father is also claiming a right to the child, so Bex is enlisted by the local police, as well as her boss, to find out who is the real father of the child in addition to who killed Allison. Which, by the way, she was murdered, although it was made to look like suicide. Bex starts searching for information -- person by person, although no one seems to find it strange that she is asking a lot of prying questions or that she's trying to solve the murder. Cooper Devaney, Allison's ex-boyfriend, swears the baby is his, but that he didn't know about it until they found it at the rink. Allison's former coach, Idan Ben-Golan, however, is able to produce a birth certificate as proof of parentage.
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