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Lie Like a Woman Paperback – August 24, 2010
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Writer, painter, editor, publisher, screenwriter, poet, creative consultant, comic book, novel and film packager, creator and producer. Creative and business partner of Bruce Jones, mother of three, April Campbell Jones was the artist's model for SOMERSET HOLMES, the best-selling graphic novel and comic book series, as well as its author.
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One is quite personal, in that she gives Rick (her main character) a terrible dislike for small dachshunds. Having had several of that breed in my home over a period of twenty-five years, I take offense at her descriptions of their actions and attitudes. Sorry, but that’s my prejudice.
Another problem is a grammatical misuse of the subjunctive mood. At various times she makes a comparison, such as “I wondered if Carmen were as round as Delores.” Ooops! In this instance “were” should be replaced with “was.” Since this is a comparison of actual people, the indicative mood is proper. She could use “were” correctly in the subjunctive mood, if she were making a hypothetical comparison such as “If I were a rich man….” Picky? Sure, but good writers should know the difference.
My major criticism is April’s struggle, as a woman, to get inside the head of her male characters. Her portrayal of Rick makes him appear as a wimp with too few masculine qualities to deserve the love Bree apparently has for him. Likewise, Charlie is not much of a policeman. In fact, none of the men in the story seem well-centered or complete. She should have relied more on her male co-writer for advice, or (even better) she should have written the story from Bree’s perspective.
By overlooking these faults I was able to enjoy the book. I give it four stars.
The characters are well written and easy to relate to. I do like our two main characters Richard and Brie. I think they are a realistic husband and wife who happen to be in similar fields.
Richard is a P.I. in San Diego. He has bitten off more than he can chew when what was supposed to be a simple infidelity case turns into murder. Richards wife is Bree who is a detective novelist who also happens to have a degree in forensics. She usually manages to keep a step or two ahead of her husband.
As the two of them try to solve the case, you will find them soon becoming your favorite couple.
I do recommend this book. Looks like it will be a series, and for that, I am very happy.