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Armed Paperback – October 1, 2011
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The "heroine" unfortunately did suffer from the same chronic stupidity as many other series' protags, repeatedly placing herself in grave danger of being the next murder victim. This behavior really irritates me...I mean, if you figured out who murdered someone, would you run right over (alone) to the killer's home for a confrontation? This protag had even developed a budding romance with the police investigator...wouldn't the first instinct be to call him?
But the most egregious problem with this book was the butchered grammar. The most chronic offense was omitting critical commas--the "Let's eat Grandma"/"Let's eat, Grandma" syndrome. Here's just one example, but they were truly rampant in the book: "Peter picked up another chip and dipped it in some salsa chewing noisily before answering"
The errors were so common that they kept slapping me right out of the plot, which ruins a book, even an otherwise decent read. There were typos, homonym errors, and missing words, but the worst offender was a critical lack of necessary commas. The problem is enough to deter me from reading anything else by this author.
It's a shame that authors still haven't grasped the fact that Indie books must receive expert editing.
dense about thinking a significant clue was a medical issue (really, is that what would
pop into your mind first!!??). Also, the heroine suddenly took off to see the bad guy at the end, when
she had lots of other choices.
Author: Elaine Macko
Publisher: L & L Dreamspell
Alex Harris is co-owner with her sister Samantha Daniels of the Always Prepared temporary agency is a M&M addict and has a phobia against clowns and dolls. So what in the world was she doing accepting a temp job at a mannequin factory. She had been trying to get an appointment for days with William Poupee to discuss a business opportunity and since her business had been slow and a desire to get out of the office when the call came Alex all but jumped up and down to get out of the office.
Elvira Scott, Mr. Poupee's assistant, shows Alex to the Mail-room and the many envelopes to be stuffed before she leaves that day. Later Mrs. Scott comes back in to tell Alex she is leaving and gives her a key to lock up and some petty cash to mail the letters on Alex's way home. Finally finishing she carries the three boxes of mail out to her care and finds her car blocked in with snow. Re-entering the factory she goes in search of a shovel or other item to dig out her car and stumbles over the body of Elvira, her head split open and a bloody arm of a mannequin next the body. Running into the nearest office to call the police and nearly collides with Mr. Poupee. The police arrive and infer that their investigation is going to center around Alex and Mr.Poupee.
When police come to Alex's office the next day with a shovel in hand stating they found it in the mail-room, next to her door. The same mail-room where she had been working all afternoon. They then again ask her want she was doing in the factory if she was so scared and there was a shovel readily available to her? Alex swears it was not there when she was looking for the shovel. Mr Poupee also feels the eyes of the police on him so he asks Alex to talk with the employees try to find out who disliked Elvira enough to kill her and why they did it. With many dead leads and loose ends tied in knots, Alex finds Elvira Scott was not liked by many and not nearly as competent at her job as Mr. Poupee believed. She refused employees access to the boss, interfered with the work of others and was short and curt many. Alex is beginning to think the only thing harder than finding the murder is finding someone other than Mr. Poupee who liked Elvira.
As Alex investigates she finds more new suspects than she crosses off. What did Mrs. Scott discover, was it underhanded dealings from competitors? drugs? sabotage? The search is on to discover the facts, but find only more questions and mannequins that come to life after the factory closes at night. And what is with Detective John Van der Burg. One minute he is all business the next he is flirting and smiling at her. Is he trying to play good cop/bad come with him playing both parts? He is driving her crazy.
Can Alex find the answers she seeks before she becomes the next victim? This a lively and humorous read. This is a book layered in mysteries and will keep you on your toes to the very end. You will enjoy the quirky dialog between the sisters as it will reminding you of your conversations with your own siblings. Enjoy book 1 and be prepared for the continuing adventures of Alex, Sam and Millie in book 2 "Poisoned"