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"Bones Don't Lie" by Melinda Leigh
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HOWEVER, the otherwise-smart heroine does display tremendous stupidity in places. The hero is a domineering boor who won't tell her anything when he's not lying, and she lets him get away with it. She sets boundaries; she says "no." And he dismisses them. Every. Single. Time. She lets him get away with it because every time she's around him, she goes all weak and gooey. Grow up!
The plot has two HUGE cases of catastrophic coincidence, one of which the author doesn't even bother to try to explain. In a mystery especially, when we're counting up clues, you cannot do this. Lots of scenes revolve around eating, which became repetitive. When the plot requires, the heroine suddenly becomes klutzy. She requires a lot of saving by the men around her, when it's she who should be saving herself the majority of the time. The girlfriends were excessively sugar-coated imho.
The dialogue is often enjoyable, the community characters interesting and varied. I particularly liked PJ (or was it DJ?), Deputy Dawg and the recurring menace he brought, along with the super-annoying town gossips (I hope our heroine someday will put them in their place) and potential problem the two fired detectives could pose in future adventures. The mystery itself led me along, which made the coincidences more objectionable when they appeared, but I figured out what was going on with the hero long before the reveal and wondered why Our Keen Detective Heroine didn't spot the rather obvious clues in that regard.
All in all, I'd buy another installment of the series to see how it will develop—as long as that awful, controlling hero didn't show up again.
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