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Flash Point (MIRA) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 2003

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Metsy Hingle is the award-winning, best-selling author of seventeen novels. Known for creating powerful and passionate stories, Metsy's own life reads like the plot of a romance novel-from her early years in a New Orleans' orphanage and foster care to her long, happy marriage to her husband Jim and the rearing of their four children. She recently traded in her business suits and fast-paced life in the hotel and public-relations arena to pursue writing full-time. Metsy loves hearing from readers. For a free bookmark, write to Metsy at P.O. Box 3224, Covington, LA 70433 or visit her website at: www.metsyhingle.com
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Product Details

  • Series: MIRA
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551667142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551667140
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,374,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Elaine C McTyer VINE VOICE on May 13, 2004
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I wasn't sure about this book when I bought it. But now I am glad I did. I read it in one sitting, that tells you I enjoyed it. It is not a spine tingling adventure, however it was entertaining.
Kelly Santos is an orphan, she returns to New Orleans when her mentor, Sister Grace dies. She also has the SIGHT, and it is very strong in her. It has kept her separated from most other people. She is a photographer. Always keeping the lens between her and the world.
She sits in a restaurant and when she picks up a paper, she sees a murder, not knowing if it has already taken place, or if it is in the future, she contacts the police.
This brings her into contact with Jack Callaghan, a detective, in the NOPD. Jack remembers her from school, he also remembers that she is the one who told him to follow his heart into law enforcement. When the body is found he is assigned to the case.
From here on it is a fast-paced adventure, romance, with a little paranormal activity thrown in.
I liked it. It was fun to read. The story flowed easily and didn't get bogged down. It is not a 5 star read, but easily a 4 star read. A wonderful way to pass a rainy afternoon.
I hardily recommend this book.
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A chance picking up of a newspaper transforms New York photographer Kelly Santos life when she returns to New Orleans after Sister Grace dies. The nun had been the only loving influence in her life while she grew up in St. Anne's orphanage. Indeed, Sister Grace had given Kelly her first camera, thereby changing how she sees the world. The distance of the camera from its subject reflects Kelly's own struggles to live in a world where her psychic abilities have always ostracized her.
Touching the newspaper brings about a viewing of the chain events that lead to murder. Kelly reports her knowledge to the local police who scoff at her information; that is, until a victim surfaces that meets her exact description. The police suspect Kelly of committing the murder except for Jack Callaghan, who has previous experience with Kelly's gifts. Further, when Kelly touches Sister Grace's rosary, she realized the nun had been murdered as well. Little does she suspect that she herself may have been the link between the murders and that she is in terrible danger.
Fans of author Metsy Hingle will recognize her remarkable gift for creating gripping tales of romance against a richly realized New Orleans background. Once again Hingle demonstrates her marvelous talent in FLASH POINT as the city aptly frames Kelly's psychic gift. The pace of the plot moves quickly, despite its circular path revisits the crimes through Kelly's skills. Kelly and Jack develop a tender romance even as danger throws them ever closer together. Furthermore, combining the elements of a police procedural with the paranormal results in a gripping tale readers will find impossible to put down. FLASH POINT comes very highly recommended.
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I have this book in paperback and liked it a lot. I was glad to see that it was available on Kindle and happily replaced my paperback. This is a well written rainy day or beach type of read. It wouldn't go in my desert island pile, but it is a solid, enjoyable book.

As the synopsis says, the heroine is a psychic and the hero is a homicide detective. They are likeable characters, but as another reviewer said, the book was light on the romance. There was no real passion, and by that, I don't mean sex. I felt as if the love was a bit lukewarm. The author actually voiced the problem. In one scene, the hero's mother is contemplating his relationship with the heroine, and she was concerned that the heroine was so self-contained that the passion needed for a relationship was missing. Then she saw the passion in the heroine's photography, and was relieved. The problem for the reader is that we need to see it expressed between the hero and the heroine, and not in the heroine's work. So the romance was a bit flat, but it was pleasant.

The writer almost seemed to be setting the scene for sequels. Instead of putting more focus on the romance between the heroine and hero, she hinted at the possibility of a romance between the hero's brother and a family friend. She actually did include a side romance between the hero's sister and a family friend. They were all nice characters and their inclusion added to the reader's understanding of the hero and heroine. I liked having them present, but they diluted the central romance.

The mystery/suspense part of the book was stronger than the romance. As one reviewer said, this was not a thrilling story, but it was still entertaining and it engaged me. I easily guessed who the villainess was, but that didn't matter.
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By A Customer on January 3, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The only weakness I found in this story was a small section about halfway through the book where the killer's identity became obvious. Had that paragraph been written a bit more subtly, and a few more red herrings thrown in, I would've been completely surprised and given the book 5 stars.
This was my first book by this author, and I've already ordered the rest of her stuff. I hope it's as good as this one.
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