- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: Mainly Murder Press (March 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982795246
- ISBN-13: 978-0982795248
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 101 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,248,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Kate George is the author of the popular Bree MacGowan mystery series, which started when she took up a dare to write a book; the result was Moonlighting in Vermont. She was born in Sacramento, California, was raised on a ranch until the age of eight, and graduated from UC Davis with a degree in anthropology. She is currently working on her MFA. She has been, in no particular order, a paste-up tech, a motorcycle safety instructor, an actor, and the assistant to the dean of a medical school, all of which provide plenty of fodder for her novels. Currently, she lives in an old farmhouse in the backwoods of Vermont with her husband, four kids, and two rescue dogs, where by day she teaches and by night, she dreams up wild adventures for her characters. Visit her at kategeorge.com, or contact her at email@example.com. She always loves to hear from readers! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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It is mostly a series of Bree getting kidnapped, escaping only to get nabbed again. It was never ending and disjointed.
Where was the sleep resort town angle of the first book? We popped in for a visit but didn't stay, cause Bree was kidnapped.
I wanted to like the book and really tried to stick with the plot. There are some fun supporting characters who will have you in stitches. Unfortunately that is it for what i liked about his book.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Sara Mackie, who is excellent. She has just the right touch of snark in her read to really sell the character. Great pace throughout the book and terrific energy. She is probably the main reason I kept listening well after I lost interest.
Oh, please let the next book be back in town with that awesome supporting cast! And her feisty pet menagerie!!
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thought, opinions and ratings are my own.
Bree and her friends are on vacation, or so they thought. If there is a murder our main character, Bree, will always be the one to find the body.
I recommend this book for ages 16 on up.
After loving her first book I jumped right into this one expecting a similar style (which I loved from the first book) just in a different setting. Boy was I wrong.
The biggest issue I had with this book I can't even explain properly...it's the fact that the characters just didn't add up. A lot of the actions the characters did, particularly Bree, just were not realistic and didn't make a whole lot of sense. For example...if you woke up to find that you had been drugged and kidnapped and were on a plane...what would be the first thing you do? Probably freak out, right? Probably NOT be brave enough to threaten your kidnapper that if he didn't let you go pee you'd wet your pants. I mean...that makes for a good story, of course, but after enough unlikely scenarios like that, it just made me feel disconnected from the main character. Nothing she was doing was what a real person would be doing and it's not like her character was a spy or even a cop or anything. I mean, really, who wouldn't be scared out of their mind after being drugged and kidnapped? Oh...and as far as the shape-shifting alien goes...understandably I can't really relate to that at all. It seemed completely random to include such a character and while I admit I enjoyed the personality of the character and was interested in the fact that she did indeed shape-shift (or seemed to), the character doesn't belong. There was no point to her shape-shifting abilities that really added to the story other than the general amusement of having a shape-shifting character.
Those are just a couple of examples...I have issues with a lot of the other side characters as well. Honestly the problem is just that no one acted realistically, several people had 180 personality/character changes (and I'm not talking about Hammie here...since his character was supposed to) and naturally that just made the whole thing rather unbelievable. A lot of times it just seemed the characters did thing because the author needed the storyline to go a certain way...not because it was just naturally what the character would've done.
In this general review I won't go into too much detail about the bad guy since revealing him IS part of the story (although I do believe many reviews already have) but I found him to be kind of a cookie-cutter cartoonish villain. Actually...he reminds me a lot of Cruella De Vil, particularly in the end. I didn't really have an issue with the villain (and this word describes him best to me because he really seems like an old-timey villain) until the end where once again...it was not realistic.
If you're looking for a 'good old fashioned cozy mystery' take a look at the author's first book 'Moonlighting in Vermont', which I felt was just that. If you're looking for something more action-packed and you don't particularly care how realistic it is...this book is for you.
Ok...here's where I talk about some thing I had issue with that obviously kind of spoils the ending.
The whole Wallace scene at the end was SO out there. I mean, honestly, WHY woud the senator drive by himself to confront Bree in her town? At that point I'd imagine that there would be people looking for him (although to be honest, the fallout of the whole situation was rather underwhelming as no one seemed to really care a senator had murdered his wife), why would he come out of hiding to attack Bree? Vengeance...obviously...but he would still have to be a bit crazy to risk so much just for that. There's no reason he couldn't have waited for things to die down more before going after her...and even then, sending a thug rather than himself. It didn't mesh with his character very much and I felt like it was just a comedic, forced way to wrap things up. And the fact that they caught him smelling like a skunk at the airport...unlikely...considering all the power he seemed to have in this book, why wouldn't he have a private helicopter or something? I mean, yeah, he was supposed to be in hiding and everything but he GOT to Bree didn't he? So obviously he wasn't THAT much in hiding. And really, after the whole ordeal with kidnapping and the potential murder of his wife he is still able to just walk into an airport and get on a plane? I had figured he would have some kind of underground method of transportation which is what he would've used to get to Bree.
Annnnnd Beau and Bree. The breakup also seemed incredibly forced. The relationship they had in the first book was really different than the one they had in this book. Beau was too crazy about Bree in the first book, too supportive, and the whole loving her his whole life thing made it hard for me to believe the way he dumped her. His points make sense of course...just not for him. He didn't seem like such a homebody, isolationist kind of guy that he was painted to be in this book.
Oh and Hammie and Paris...Paris did quite the personality change from someone who apparently hated Bree's guts to someone who wanted to help and was the good guy. Hammie with his whole secret agent thing just didn't make a lot of sense. I think he fit right in there with the shape-shifting alien as neither one was really explained and neither detail was really necessary. Also, Hammie's story didn't make sense since Paris' version and Madison's version and Hammie's own version really didn't match. That wouldn't be a big deal had Bree caught onto that in the story and mentioned it or something...since she didn't I didn't know if it was just an oversight by the author. Also, according to Paris, Hammie was her brother's naval buddy and he wouldn't even sleep with her out of respect for him but he WOULD leave her high and dry and just disappear? Also...her reaction to having just been dumped...through an almost-stranger...by her fiance was rather unbelievable as well.