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Kiss Them Goodbye (Cameron, Stella) Hardcover – November 1, 2003

Book 3 of 10 in the Bayou Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Cameron, Stella
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; First Edition edition (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551667452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551667454
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,789,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Sensuality sears the pages of Cameron's newest contemporary romantic thriller, set in the sultry small town of Toussaint, La., but nearly every other element disappoints. Heirs of a run-down estate, Vivian Patin and her mother prepare to patch up their lives and the mansion at the same time. But a murder on the grounds throws their plans awry and Vivian into close company with handsome local deputy sheriff Spike Devol. Bad blood between Spike and the investigating detective forces Vivian and Spike to launch their own inquiry. As the bodies pile up, the two become entangled romantically. Though Spike and Vivian finally get in synch once their clothes come off, they spend the first half of the novel pulling each other aside "to talk" but never really communicating. Meanwhile, a number of secondary characters crowd the pages and muddy the pacing. Discouragingly, Spike seldom follows through on leads he uncovers and even offers the blithe opinion that Vivian's gardener, who disappeared the day of the murder, will turn up fine. It's no surprise, therefore, that Spike never guesses who the killer is. While the romance ties up satisfactorily, the mystery unravels in fits and starts and will likely leave many readers feeling cheated. Seekers of sexy thrills will flock to Cameron's latest (after Cold Day in July), but those looking for a story with depth should give this a pass.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

After her father dies in a fire that destroyed her parents' New Orleans restaurant, Vivian and her mother, Charlotte, decide to turn Rosebank, the plantation he recently inherited, into a hotel and restaurant, but their renovation plans are threatened when Vivian discovers the body of their family lawyer on the grounds. Convinced that the local authorities see her as a convenient suspect for the murder, Vivian talks Spike Devol, the deputy sheriff from a nearby parish, into being both her private investigator and bodyguard. Already romantically interested in the lovely Vivian, Spike doesn't need much persuading to look into the murder, but when the body of another victim turns up, it seems obvious that someone doesn't want Vivian around Rosebank and will do anything to get rid of her. New York Times best-selling Cameron returns to the wonderfully atmospheric Louisiana setting of French Quarter (1998), and borrows a few secondary characters, for her latest sexy, gritty, compellingly readable tale of romantic suspense, which has all the twisted villains, dangerous secrets, colorful characters, and vividly detailed sensuality her readers find irresistible. John Charles
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Customer Reviews

I am so glad I bought the paperback and not the hardcover.
Virgo
Does anything else ever actually happen in this book because I've read 150 more pages and since the murder, characters wander in and out but nothing much happens.
Beverley in PA
It seemed like the author had nothing to really do so she just filled the pages with nonsense and way too many ridiculous characters.
M. Duvall

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mahikahn on January 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A few months ago I read "Now You See Him" which I found out, albeit too late, was a prequel to "Kiss Them Goodbye". Had I known that I would never have bought this book which was actually worse than the first and a waste of money. My fault, I should concentrate more.

Spike and Vivian behaved like 12 year olds. One or the other was always getting their feelings hurt, usually because they'd completely misread what the other one said/did. Spike would start snapping at Vivian and she'd have no idea why or vice versa. Hello-they're both supposed to be adults with responsible jobs and Spike has a daughter to raise but they can't even communicate with each other?

Ex: He tells her he's worried that she'll sell Rosebank and move away from him. Instead of comforting and reassuring him she screams at him "How do you know what my feelings are? Thanks for the confidence!" and then she slaps him. Why he didn't run in the other direction as fast as he could is more of a mystery than the plot was.

Or almost as bad, a character would say/think something like "I know what that means. or "He realized then what was happening." Wonderful, how about sharing it with the readers because we are clueless?

I suppose I read this one to the end because the optimist in me kept hoping it would get better. Instead, by the end of the book, I was highly annoyed.

I think I'll give Stella a wide berth from now on and if I'm interested in reading another of her books, I'll get it from the library.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on February 6, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Fans of the Toussaint series will be happy that Spike Devol finally has a spunky love interest. Still recovering from the death of her father, Vivian Patin and her mother Charlotte receive a dilapidated mansion as an inheritance from her Uncle Guy, and are assured that the upkeep will be taken care of. Uncle Guy was a funny man, and hid the money, and only his lawyers knows where.

When that lawyer turns up dead on the grounds of Rosebank, and Vivian has managed to desecrate the crime scene, a detective with a chip on his shoulder accuses Vivian of the crime due to her association with Spike, deputy sheriff (and former colleague) of nearby Toussaint. Spike and Vivian fall for each other while investigating the murder, since detective Bonine has not lifted a finger to find the real culprit.

While there are a couple racy scenes and Vivian and Spike have chemistry, the story lacks the emotional depth of some of the other Toussaint books. And it is far too long - could have been trimmed at least 100 pages and still told the story. The bayou colloquialisms got old after awhile too, especially those from annoying secondary character Ouisa.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Duvall on February 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book MIGHT have been passable if it was about 250 pages

shorter. It seemed like the author had nothing to really do

so she just filled the pages with nonsense and way too

many ridiculous characters. Although the book starts out with

a murder, which I thought might prove intersting, I was wrong.

200 pages later I couldn't care less who committed the murder,

if Spike and Vivian ever figured out their attraction or

much else about this bunch of nonsense. I'm truly amazed

that anyone is still publishing this writer in hardcover,

thank god I only bought a paperback, next time I'll know

not to even bother with that.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Virgo on November 2, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have never written a review before in my life. However, I have found this book to be one of the worst books I have ever read so I decided to give it a review. I wish I had read the other reviews before purchasing this book. It does not even deserve a 1 star rating. I am halfway through the book and still don't know exactly what the author is trying to say. All the funny town names and secondary characters make the story line and plot difficult to keep up with. The author would have done better if she had gotten rid of the so called thriller plot line and just made the book a straight our romance story. The book could have been cut down to about 100 or so pages. I am so glad I bought the paperback and not the hardcover. As it is I want my money back.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on February 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This has to be the worst book I've ever read. The relationship between Spike and Vivian made no sense-between the miscommunications and bizarre dialog, I couldn't tell if they loved each other, hated each other, lusted after each other, or all of the above. The abundance of other non-sensical characters made me forget that this was actually a murder mystery. Don't waste your money.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Barb Hicks on November 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
KISS THEM GOODBYE is the much anticipated sequel to COLD DAY IN JULY and it was well worth waiting for. Vivian Patin, along with her mother Charlotte have moved into the house they inherited from her late uncle Guy. They want to convert the house into a hotel, being short on cash has the renovations going slowly. They hope that this will soon change when they get a phone call from their attorney Louis Martin who says he has some news for them.
Unfortunately there is someone else who is anxious to get their hands on Rosebank and will do anything to get it, including murder.
Vivian also finds her self drawn to Spike Devol, the sexy sheriff in Touissiant and his little girl Wendy.
KISS THEM GOODBYE gave me the chance to revisit Touissaint, Louisiana and my favorite priest Father Cyrus as well as the other members of the town, including Jill and Joe Gable and you also get to catch up with Marc and Reb Girard from COLD DAY IN JULY.
Do yourself a favor and get KISS THEM GOODBYE, you will be happy that you did.
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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. Severn House is publishing the first book in the Alex Duggins series, FOLLY, and will bring out upcoming books in the series. Cameron draws on her English background for this new, already critically acclaimed mystery series. Atmospheric, deeply character and relationship driven, FOLLY 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.