From Publishers Weekly
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.Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.