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  • Series: Figure Skating
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (December 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425218031
  • ASIN: B001NXDRX0
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,833,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 7, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bex Levy is a figure skating researcher for 24/7 Television Network. What she really wants to do is produce a show and she gets her chance when her boss assigns her the Lucian Pryce special, a tribute to a great figure skater and coach who still practices with champions at the age sixty five. At the skating rink, they watch Lucian on the ice when he suddenly trips and falls, which proves to be a DEATH DROP as he is dead almost immediately; Bex thinks he is murdered.

His blades on his skates are in bad shape something Lucian would never let happen. Bex makes her belief known to everyone close to Lucian and find they all have a motive. His daughter Sabrina blames him for the death of his first wife. His present wife holds him accountable for ending her promising career. His star pupil made the moves another pupil of Lucian's so she wouldn't be nervous before a performance but he dumps her. Dr. Gabriel Cassidy a former student tried to commit suicide because Lucian pushed her too hard. Even though nobody believes Bex's theory, she is determined to investigate until she is proven right.

The point of view changes from chapter to chapter, each one dedicated to a specific character as they relate their feelings and relationships to the victim. It is a good technique in Alina Adams' capable hands as the audience sees why there are so many suspects with so many different motives. Readers will enjoy Bex stubbornly question the suspects while deciding whether to accept her boyfriend's proposal of marriage.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kellytwo on June 16, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Alina Adams has a terrific grasp of the competitive ice skating world, and easily transmits this to the page, making it easy for the reader to follow right along. Having read a couple of the prior books in the series (but you can easily read them out of sequence, too) I enjoyed the characters, the plot, the writing, and the mystery, which was always neatly solved. This one isn't, which really puzzled me. It's a very unsatisfactory ending, in my opinion, although I realize that others may disagree with that opinion. But that's what makes the world go around.

Bex Levy utilizes her tenacity and skills as a researcher for a television network that produces programs about ice skating. Goodness knows there's plenty of that available during the winter months in the northern hemisphere, and probably in the other half of the world during the other half a year, as well.

This time, she's off to Colorado to produce (her big chance!) a tribute show to an iconic skating teacher, Lucian Pryce. Unhappily the morning filming is to begin, Lucian stumbles on the ice, falls and suffers fatal injuries. As the skaters he's coached and the women he's loved gather for the tribute - which will still be produced, only now with a somewhat different emphasis - Bex digs for answers to her myriad questions.

Her personal life brings another complication: the man she loves (probably) has a teen-aged son who is also a skater, and while young Jeremy never trained with Lucian, he does train with Lucian's first skating partner Toni Wright. There's also Sabrina, Lucian's daughter by his first marriage, his second wife, Gina and two of his famous students--Chris Kelly, who won the men's gold at two Olympics and Gabrielle, who didn't quite get that far.

If only the ending lived up to the rest of the book. Sigh. It was such fun to read about skaters of the past, and try to figure out just who was who. The final maneuver just didn't quite make it!
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By LH422 VINE VOICE on September 22, 2013
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I wish I liked this book more than I did. I love figure skating and I love mysteries. I should have loved this. Instead, I found this book to be dull and ponderous. The plot seemed to drag, the addition of the cutesy figure skating message board was annoying, and Bex was irritating. Honestly, I think if I didn't love figure skating and thus, have some sort of inherent interest in the subject matter, my rating would be much lower.
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By Beth E. Morey on April 27, 2013
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great series, very interesting. would recommend to people who like firgure skating and mystery. great reading for long trips and flying.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Welch on October 30, 2013
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Great book!! I have read all books in this series and I can only say that I'm sad that this is the last one:(
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