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Death Times Three: Two Stories and a Novella Kindle Edition
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I'm a sucker for stories involving a female who can't resist sticking her nose into a curious puzzle and the attractive man who can't stop her. I can't help but think about one of my favorite BBC shows, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, and the books by Janet Evanovich - The Stephanie Plum series. This is a huge compliment coming from me.
Our heroine in all three stories is a clever and curious county librarian who just happens to find herself in the proximity of foul-play. Along with the same Metro detective with whom there exists a sort of attract/ repel relationship. I was reminded of the type of writing that graced the episodes of the TV series 'Murder, She Wrote'. Our heroine in these stories being not a mystery writer, but rather a librarian, maybe (my own humor here) when this becomes the pilot of a new and successful series, I'm certain it will not be called 'Murder, She Read'.
This book should be available at all airport gift shops as it is perfect for escaping the reality of little service and little or no food that we must endure in these modern times of air transportation.
I have read two of author Lahain's books. Her writing, story telling, and her direct style are professional and very entertaining. Recommended and 5-stars.
In each story, the circumstances are completely different, but two of the characters are the same. Special events librarian Elinor Gray doesn't mean to keep bumping into dead bodies. She just can't seem to help it! And, like any researcher who loves a challenge, she overrides her own sense of self-preservation and tries to figure out what happened. This despite the fact that Guillermo Villanueva, the brother of the woman who stole her ex-husband, never fails to show up at the scene afterwards to give Elinor a hard time. This is a lot of gentle humor in each story, and a sense of the possibility of romance between Elinor and Guillermo that, unfortunately to my way of thinking, never comes to anything. Still, it is so easy to cheer for Elinor, an average person's sort of hero who just can't seem to back down when she puts one clue together with another clue together with another and. . . .
If you like a teaspoon of lightness, and a teaspoon of sweetness, and a cup of humor mixed into your recipe for murder, Death Times Three will likely hit the spot.
Make that ex-husband.
Elinor is a wonderful amateur sleuth—she’s whip-smart and determined without coming across as nosy or arrogant. I enjoyed watching her piece together clues, always one step ahead of Villanueva. And I liked that the source of tension in their relationship isn’t her treading into his “territory,” but the fact that he once arrested her for throwing a brick through his sister’s window. Much more interesting.
Having read every book published by Carrie Ann Lahain so far, I've come to the conclusion that there's nothing she can't write. From historical fiction (The Ways of Mud and Bone) to contemporary fiction (Knife Skills), and now to the mystery genre, her writing is always superb, with perfect pacing and characters you can cheer for. I can’t wait to read what’s next, but wherever Lahain chooses to go from here, I hope we soon see more of Elinor Gray and detective Villanueva.