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Love Kills: A Britt Montero Novel (Britt Montero Mysteries) Hardcover – June 12, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Britt Montero Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (June 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743294769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743294768
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,869,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. After eight Britt Montero novels and two Cold Case Squad novels, Edgar-finalist Buchanan (Miami, It's Murder) brings Britt and the Cold Case Squad together in this first-rate mystery-thriller. When Miami police discover the remains of Spencer York, a kidnapper who worked for divorced fathers, members of the Cold Case Squad question veteran Miami News crime reporter Britt Montero, the last person to see him alive. Britt, who's mourning the death of her fiancé, finds a disposable camera in the ocean with pictures of a honeymooning couple lost at sea. The groom in the photo, Marsh Holt, later turns up alive, but his bride had drowned. Britt's no-holds-barred investigative journalism leads her to an amazing discovery—Marsh has a habit of marrying women who meet their demise while honeymooning. Through an intricate web of twists and turns, Britt discovers that Marsh plans to marry once again. While the resolution of York's murder comes as a real surprise, it's Britt's riveting quest for Marsh that provides the roller-coaster thrills. (June)
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In Love Kills, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edna Buchanan brings together the protagonists of her two mystery series, making this the ninth Britt Montero and the third Miami Cold Case Squad installment. Critics, who called it one of Buchanan's best novels, unanimously praised the clever, compelling plot with its surprising twists and hairpin turns. Fresh, engaging characters, lush Miami scenery, and careful accounts of real-life investigative techniques round out this suspenseful novel. A few minor problems included some clunky descriptions and a confusing, frenzied conclusion. One critic also cited Britt's disquieting habit of plunging headlong into danger despite her pregnancy. However, Buchanan weaves together themes of love, betrayal, and violence against women into a sophisticated and satisfying thriller.
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I cannot wait until the next book by the talented Ms. Buchanan.
Jamie Floer
Britt's personal story weaves through and between the two mystery plots --- and it packs some startling revelations.
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Even though the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, I didn't mind as justice is done.
L. J. Roberts

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Renee Shields on October 11, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the first Britt Montero book I have read, and I found it a bit confusing since I didn't know any of the characters or their backstories. The author didn't do enough to explain their relationships with Britt, so I had no idea who was important to her and who was not. In the end it didn't matter too much because she didn't listen to any of them, but it would have been nice to know whether this was her normal behavior or was due to "hormones", as she kept insisting. Most pregnant women would not have behaved as she did.
If I put the pregnancy aside, the rest of the story was pretty good. Liked the was Buchanan wove the three sub-plots together, though I thought the denouement of each segment was a bit too abrupt. The child snatcher ending was anti-climctic, though the twist in the serial killer more than made up for it. However, the whole BOOK had no ending, and I'm not a fan of that type of cliff-hanger. I'll have to go back and read some of the earlier books before I decide whether I want to wait for the next Britt Montero.

Reviewed by: Renee S. N.Y.C.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patty Duke Fan on June 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
About an hour ago I finished reading this new novel and Ms. Buchanan has surely outdone herself this time! There are some characters in the novel I didn't trust, and rightfully so, but never would have guessed the reasons WHY I shouldn't have trusted them! I feel that this ranks among Buchanan's best fiction, alongside The Ice Maiden and Act of Betrayel, among others. We've had to wait four long years for another Britt novel, but here she is back, and with the guys from the Cold Case Squad too. The two sets of characters mesh fine together in this one novel.

I've been lucky enough to meet Ms. Buchanan (twice) and it's nice to see how down-to-earth and friendly she is to her fans. She signed several books for my friends and myself and chatted with us for quite a while.

Enough said, go out and read this book already!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stoney TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 16, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
TEASER
A teaser is a loathsome device designed to snare bookstore browsers with up front action, but which usually has the effect of confusing and often misleading the reader. In this teaser, a land clearing crew in the Miami area discovers a body. The teaser is at least in time sequence (not a flashback or flash-ahead), and relevant to a secondary storyline.

THE SETUP
While mourning MacDonald's death (in the previous novel, "Ice Maidens) on one of the Bahamian Out Islands, Brit Montero (reporter for the Miami News) finds a disposable camera containing photographs of a newlywed couple. When she returns to Miami, she discovers that the couple are missing at sea, but the groom, Marsh Holt, survives.

In the secondary storyline, the corpse found in the teaser turns out to be that of a "father's rights" advocate, who specialized in kidnapping children from their mothers for their fathers.

CAVEATS--contains spoilers
The first chapter (after the teaser) is in first person, with the speaker unidentified. Fans of the series will know that the speaker is Britt Montero, but new readers will be hopelessly confused.

The boat in question was said to have been caught in a squall, with lobster and crab traps in the water. In the Bahamas, that implies less than 20-30 feet of water, but the boat is described more than once as "lost in 700 fathoms of water". That happens to be possible in the Bahamas, with the explanation that the boat was blown 1/4-mile off the shelf by the storm--but no such explanation, or any other, is offered.

Much of the main story suffers serious implausibilities. Readers constantly want to tell Brit "Don't do that you idiot" or "You shoulda said..." and so forth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gab on December 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Wow, what a lame book. I've read many Britt Monteros before, and I remember them being tight, smart police procedurals. This time, we've got a whiny pregnant woman (oh, gosh, the whole pregnant woman thing always being hungry with oversized ankles has been done so many times before!) who goes off on her own throughout the country. By the end, I was just skimming page after page because the story was so farcical. If this were a Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich, it might have been funny. But when you've come to expect a certain level of class and smarts, making your character dumb and whiny is disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claire on September 19, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I've been reading Edna Buchanan's Britt Montero novels for many years, but this one really disappointed me. Britt's on the trail of a serial killer, traveling between Miami, Louisiana, Minnesota and Alaska, while she is pregnant with her dead lover's baby. And that's the part that disappointed the most. She puts herself through rainstorms, floods, repeated physical risks and multiple plane rides in pursuit of her quarry, with apparently little or no thought for the safety of the baby she's carrying! Perhaps the author has never had any children; that's the only excuse for that particular aspect of this story. As I read the story, I found myself shouting out loud, "Are you out of your mind?"

And here's where the Mixed Bag comes in. Chapters focusing on Britt's adventures are interspersed with chapters about the Cold Case Squad and their search for the murderer of a child custody kidnapper, a perfectly vile individual who richly deserved his fate. I don't even know if the Miami Police Dept. has a Cold Case Squad, but if they do, they should be up in arms about the way members of their dept. are portrayed. One chapter read like a Keystone Cops comedy. If the Miami Police never speak to Edna Buchanan again, no one will blame them after reading this book!
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