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This third book in the Regan McHenry series by Nancy Lynn Jarvis gives readers a gripping mystery. When police cannot make this cold case a priority, Regan breaks her previous vow to stop playing amateur detective, taking readers along with her following the clues to attempt to solve the murder.
Has Regan bought more than she can handle this time? Jarvis keeps readers caught up in this excellently plotted story, with its unanticipated twists and turns, right to its satisfying conclusion. --Angie Mangino, November 6, 2010, Reviewer for the San Francisco /Sacramento Book Review --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B003WUY29U
- Publisher : Good Read Mysteries an imprint of Good Read Publishers; 1st edition (July 21, 2010)
- Publication date : July 21, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 4853 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 297 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0982113560
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #897,342 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Some of the descriptions seemed like filler rather than developing the characters' personality, etc. For example, the first few detailed descriptions of what Regan and her husband Tom are eating show us that they are adventurous (in their choice of foods) and fairly well-to-do (to be able to go out to eat at fine restaurants often). After that's been established, in other ways as well as their culinary tastes, detailed information like this is redundant and unnecessary.
I was puzzled as to why Regan would want to buy a 'cottage' that seemed relatively close to her house. The explanation of how the body got to where it was, was, in my opinion, completely unbelievable.
I thought that Regan was fairly young, not more than 30, so I was surprised when halfway through the book, her adult sons are mentioned. They didn't add much to the story...more redundancy.
I didn't find it very realistic that Dave, the detective, would tell Regan so many details about the murder or let her continue investigating it on her own, in spite of the extreme danger Regan often ended up in, or that he would come running every time she called him. Regan herself reveals details to the people she talks to that compromise the investigation; this freely distributed information also causes some of the danger. In addition, she does stupid things like going off by herself to places that even she knows are a bad idea.
Finally, by the last chapter, the killer now tells Regan the whole story, and Regan tries to keep the killer talking. They both have lengthy monologues that sound so much alike in voice that I couldn't always tell who was talking.
All in all, the book was fairly good at the start and got bogged down in unnecessary detail, a far-fetched plot line, and poor character development. If you are a fan of this author, you might be willing to overlook these problems. If not, you may not want to spend the time to read a rather long mystery. I would give it 2.5 stars if that were possible.
I enjoyed that we were taken along as Regan discovered clues and fit the pieces together.
I appreciate that Regan is not a twenty something tall thin blonde in stilleto heels.
I like that she is mature, has experiences, and still follows her impulses now and again, even if she intuitively knows they will lead her into danger.
I liked the way the characters were written and the action was described.
While it was a fun, relaxing read, it was also exciting.
I have a feeling Regan may find herself in trouble again and I will be waiting to read about it.
Ms. Jarvis brought alive not only the quirkiness of Santa Cruz but also the danger/fulfillment of being a realtor. Take more than a passing glance into the background of any property you wish to purchase. You never know what might lurk within the walls and who might have something to hide!
Top reviews from other countries
This is an intelligent, educational and entertaining cozy series. The author researches and relates relevant information as the story unfolds, giving the reader an education while enjoying the read. The opening is factually based on the fires in Santa Cruz, the forensics, the real estate background all add substance.
Book 3 is a fun read, with plot twists and turns that keeps one guessing. Didn't see the ending coming, a tribute to the author's skills.