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- writing is in order;
- editing is professional: there are no mistakes and or inconsistencies except possibly one at the end;
- the general ideas for plot and characterization are also quite good and interesting. Especially good is the idea of not having the two leads getting involved with each other: a very young and flamboyant gay stylist and a middle-aged straight woman are bound not to.
The problem is that the reading experience, while never painful or embarassing, never takes off. There are several humorous moments that keep interest somewhat alive but neither plot nor characters fulfill their potential.
The ending feels hurried:
- first, it is not clear and not plot relevant why the two leads do not meet for a while after the case is apparently solved;
- one of the two, hurt in the final confrontation with the villain, has supposedly passed some time at home but when he meets the other he still has bruises while his broken bone is already fine.
I suppose this book can make a nice light read, but it could certainly have been better.
Now as a side note to all authors. What is with the names of main characters? This author was not that bad but some of these authors make up the most ridiculous names. Do they not understand a book needs to flow & if I have to stumble on a name throughout the book I will do one of two things. Either delete the book because its so annoying or make up a new name for the character. A strange name will not make you look like a better author.
The characters are believable, enticing, and true to life. You will get to know them as if they lived next door, especially Nicola and Laurie.
The only correction to the story I would make is changing Nashville's name to something else. They call her Nash, and I had in mind a male, as in Nash Bridges. Then the story referred to her as she and I was straightened out on that. Or if you can't change it, refer to her as she right off?
Nicola has had some really disappointing relationships and jobs. She is still working at getting over her last relationship who cheated on her and left her for the cheat. Although still bitter, she is still trying to get her life back on track but not sure where to go.
Laurie is an early 20's fashion designer, immature and quite gay. He dresses flamboyantly in attire and even with makeup. He comes from a rich family and has never wanted for anything. His mother dotes on him. His assistant, Jonathan, who was also his lover, just up and quit because he thinks Laurie needs to grow up. Jonathan thinks Laurie can better do this if he is not around.
Nicola's friend Nash asks her to do an interview with Laurie for her, and she ends up with a job working for Laurie the next day. He wants her to catalog some work he has on his computer, in books, and everywhere.
Laurie gets fixated on a set of designs that he 'knows' a certain fashion designer did not design but is passing off as his own. He believes he knows who did. Laurie and Nicola set out on a search for the designer, Joelle. This search takes them to Paris, and Nevada. The search for the truth takes them right back to New York and Joelle's brother.
The one thing I like about this book is how Laurie and Nicola form such a close friendship. I think, on Nicola's part, she needs to feel needed and Laurie sure is needy. At the same time, Nicola is trying to get him to grow up and get more self sufficient. This proves to be a large job for Nicola.
For those who don't like sex scenes, there are none. For those who do not like blood and gore, there is none. This is a great mystery and story where two people who are exact opposites come together to form a close friendship and fill each others emotional needs.
I recommend this book highly.
They are able to trace it back to a store in LA that sells clothing used in movies and television shows and learn in what show it was worn, by whom, and who was credited as the designer. Laurie realized the workmanship was different from the named designer and decided to find out who really created it. His search takes him and Nicole to LA, Paris, Connecticut, and Nevada.
Two thirds through the book, we learn about the first murder victim. Others show up as well as they try to find the connection.
Morgan Richter tells a good tale in a well-written book. It's fast moving. The main characters do not have a romance as is evident from the beginning. There is no blood or gore. Most situations follow some logic.
However, I found a few negatives. Laurie was described too often as "little" or "pretty." It became an overused stereotype. His look, especially his clothing, was flamboyant. It didn't have to be drilled in.
Two characters are in an automobile accident in a desert and their car ends up on its side in a ditch. Since there was a break in part of the windshield, the entire window would have fallen apart harmlessly and they could have gotten out of the car more easily than crawling out one of the doors. Also, air bags deflate almost as soon as they inflate so they should not have created an obstacle for exiting the car.
All in all, I found the book a quick read and a nice diversion.
I got the e-book book as a freebie from Amazon.com.