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Death Drop (Figure Skating) Mass Market Paperback – October 3, 2006

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Product Details

  • Series: Figure Skating (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1st edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425212661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425212660
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love ice skating and I love murder mysteries so I thought this book would be all that and a bag of chips. Its okay. There are many characters and lots of twists and turns but not in a manner that makes a whole lot of sense. I almost got the sense when reading the book that the author had one ending in mind and then at the ninth hour decided to change the ending.......

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.
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The setting is Nationals, when a baby is found abandoned after an ice dancing practice session, and the presumed mother, former ice dancing champion Allison Adler, is discovered hanged in the costume room. It's soon evident that she was murdered, and once again, figure skating researcher Bex Levy finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery.

Everyone wants the baby, and as many reasons as there are for the various custody claims, there are even more motives for murder. It seems everyone has a secret, but all secrets are not necessarily lethal ones.

In addition to the murder and paternity issues, there's a nice thread involving the young skater from On Thin Ice and his father, who's a possible romantic interest for Bex.

The Good:

The skating details. There were just enough to ground me in the setting and to make me feel like a bit of an insider, but not enough to be overwhelming.

The characters. Bex is a realistic, likeable heroine, and all the secondary characters were well-enough developed that even though there were quite a few of them for a relatively short (233-page) book, I didn't have any trouble distinguishing them.

The mystery. There are plenty of suspects and clues, and the resolution is both logical and surprising.

The writing. It's clean and engaging, and doesn't get in the way of the story.

The Bad:

I got a bit confused about one character's secret, between the truth, the spin, and what various characters believed, though I admit that could be because I was reading it way too late at night.

The Surprising:

The thread about the meaning of fatherhood. It was surprisingly emotional, but not in a maudlin or overdone way.

The Verdict:

Another exciting episode in a fun, well-written series.
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Bex Levy returns to the world of competition figure skating as the researcher for 24/7 Television Network in this fourth novel in the series. This time Bex must find out the mystery behind the infant left in the arena at the Nationals, and why the baby's mother, Allison Adler, an ice dancer who mysteriously left the rink a year ago, is hanging in the cooler from a sequined belt. But leery from events in the past, Bex is hesitant to follow the clues that will uncover personal secrets

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.
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I have read the other 3 books in the Figure Skating series and have really enjoyed them. This was by far the weakest. The entire plot was easy to see coming and the characters just weren't developed. It also has my biggest pet peeve of all in mystery series books...in one sentence she revealed the victim and murderer of her second book. I would be really disappointed if I hadn't read that second book yet because she would have completely ruined it. What is the point in reading a mystery book where you have already been told the solution to the mystery? I hope that the next installement is more like the first three books or I'll be dropping this series.
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