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Killer Twist: A Ghostwriter Mystery (Volume 1) Paperback – April 28, 2012
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Christina Larmer is a journalist, magazine editor and author of nine books including An Island Lost, A Plot To Die For (second in the Ghostwriter Mystery series), The Agatha Christie Book Club, and the non-fiction book A Measure of Papua New Guinea (Focus; 2008). She grew up in the tropics and spent several years working in London, Los Angeles and New York, but now lives with her musician husband and two sons in the Byron Bay hinterland of Northern NSW, Australia. Christina is passionate about crime fiction and when she’s not scribbling away, can be found immersed in a classic Agatha Christie.
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Roxy Parker is a compelling character and I couldn't help but adore her. She's 30, hip, very inquisitive, and fiercely independent. She has a head-butting relationship with her somewhat overbearing buttinksy mother but dutifully tries to pacify her while maintaining her independence. Her dear friend, Max, is a great character too. While Roxy would like to keep their "safe" friendship, Max is in love with Roxy and wants something more. The dynamics of their relationship were fun to read and easy to identify with.
Roxy is easy to love and relate to. The other characters in the story are also very well developed, believable, and easy to follow.
The settings in Australia are described very well too, allowing you to picture scenes in your mind and feel familiar with the locations. None of the narrative descriptions are overbearing or too wordy, just enough to allow one to visualize.
The actual mystery is not too convoluted and not too simple, providing for an easy-to-read story that is believable, yet not boring at all. The writing is very well done and the story carries you along inspiring you to turn the next page, and the next, and the next.
All-in-all, Killer Twist is a great cozy. I enjoyed it immensely and will be ordering the second in the series.
Highly recommended - 5 stars!!!
At first I worried that the Australian idioms and slang used by the characters (the story takes place in Sydney) would throw me off, but after a few pages, I barely noticed them. Every so often, one would pop up that made me stop and think, but no real problem. There were no spelling errors or misused words, and the only grammar problem I saw was an incomplete sentence in the Epilogue. I'm always happiest reading a well-edited and proof-read book!!
Larmer's characters are well fleshed out. Some characters you love right away. Some grow on you. Some you distrust from the get-go. The plot was deliciously tangled and cleverly laid out. I did suspect the ending twist some chapters before, but couldn't be absolutely certain until Roxy, the main character was sure! Nice. I liked that. This was a great little mystery, and I will certainly pick up the other two in the series soon.
"Killer Twist" is a very typical "cozy" mystery, and I do not mean that in a good way. In Book 4 Roxy was pretty intelligent, not withholding information and evidence from the police. Unfortunately, in this one Roxy in your typical cozy sleuth. She illegally breaks into peoples houses rather than telling investigators what she suspects, she actually steals and hides evidence from police investigators (because the police are just too stupid, of course), and she keeps secrets that would possibly help solve the crimes. In conclusion, in this story Roxy irritates the heck out of me!
I highly recommend Book 4, "Dying Words," but this one is just barely a passable mystery. If you like typical cozy mysteries with kind of irritating heroines then you may like this. But even if you don't care for this one, you still may want to try Book 4. It's a very good book.
Roxy Parker is a ghost writer, which means she is hired by those wishing to write their memoirs to make it sound intelligent and well written, and she does not get any credit. Roxy is just fine with that as long as they continue to pay her and she can continue to pay her bills. Roxy also has a rather macabre hobby, she collects crime clippings, mostly about murders which her boss calls her "Book of Death."
Roxy has been hired to ghost write the memoir of the wealthy society matron Beatrice Musgrove. So far things have been very tame and somewhat boring, but then Beatrice says that she has a few revelations coming up that will make for more interesting reading. Days before she is to see Roxy and reveal her true secrets she is murdered in her home and it is declared a suicide, which Roxy does not believe for one minute. She launches her own investigation and finds that some things might be better left alone.
I had a good idea of who the killer was well before the end but it was still fun finding out if I was right or not. A good mystery always has enough red herrings that you make mistakes more than you get it right at the beginning. There was one thing that annoyed me greatly about Roxy and it was the fact that she liked Merlot, I hate Merlot. A little light romance or at least an attempt at romance on the part of one character. Good clean mystery.
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