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Death Drop (Figure Skating) Mass Market Paperback – October 3, 2006
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I have to edit my review and I increased the rating after I realized that this is abook that is part of a series. I have now read three of the series, and although I do think the author takes a lot of twists and turns that are both rediculous and pointless, I have to say once you start on the series it is kinda pulls you in. So if you are looking for a mystery based on figure skating then I would start from the beginning... not from this book. Also, I had to give it four stars based partially on price. Its the cost of a cheap magazine, and way way better then reading a cheap magazine.
Bex Levy, researcher for the 24/7 sports channel, was watching skaters practice for the Nationals when a stir of activity caught her attention. Allison Adler, a former rising star who had disappeared from the scene a year ago was found dead, hanging in the wardrobe room by a sequined belt. At rink side sits a car seat with her baby in it.
The baby is immediately claimed by her former coach as his child. But there are a lot of unanswered questions, such as how did she die and exactly who is the father of her young child.
Breezy, with a good knowledge of behind the scenes information, there's nothing graphic about this mystery. It all depends of Bex asking questions of the other characters while around her a family drama plays out between Craig and his son, another rising young star, Jeremy.
If you just want to read a book about ice skating and don't really care about the mystery part, go for it.
SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler-- You have been warned above. Go no further if you don't want to be SPOILERED.
Supposedly, the key to the baby's father turns on a DNA test which showed that the coach was indeed the father. It is explained that this was rigged by someone kissing the real father rather roughly and getting some of his spit and cheek cells in the process that was somehow transferred to the swab without the father knowing it. This book was published in 2006 and even then the lab would know that there was two contributors to the DNA and be able to separate them out. Honestly, Adams painted herself in a corner and could not figure how to get herself out so she just handwaved.
Honestly, if she wanted to write a gossipy book about ice skating competitions that would be fine, but the mystery demands some respect also.
Bex's job is to research and provide all information for 24/7 on and about the participants, their sponsors, and ice skating history facts, etc. So when she hears stirrings from the other rink about an abandoned baby, she makes it her business to find out what is going on that has the police involved. When she finds that there is also another death involved, she hesitates about getting mixed up after her last investigation ended up in murder and kidnapping.
Two prominent skating figures come forward claiming to be the father of the baby, and the mother's step-father is also claiming a right to the child, so Bex is enlisted by the local police, as well as her boss, to find out who is the real father of the child in addition to who killed Allison. Which, by the way, she was murdered, although it was made to look like suicide. Bex starts searching for information -- person by person, although no one seems to find it strange that she is asking a lot of prying questions or that she's trying to solve the murder. Cooper Devaney, Allison's ex-boyfriend, swears the baby is his, but that he didn't know about it until they found it at the rink. Allison's former coach, Idan Ben-Golan, however, is able to produce a birth certificate as proof of parentage. Suspects, in Bex's opinion, range from Idan to his wife Pandora, who is an influential patron of male skaters, to Coop's over-achieving mother Tess. Bex feels like she's stuck in a triple lutz without any hope of landing when she receives vital information from the most unlikely source. But will Bex's career aspirations put her on ice before her time?
This is a cozy series that is peppered with skating terminology, so one should have at least a passing knowledge of figure skating. This series is light reading, with a lot of self-deprecating humor tossed in by the protagonist, Bex Levy. I like the returning characters with all of their quirks, and the light sense of romance that is included, as well as the eye-opening information and the behind-the-scenes look at a popular sport. [...]