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Line Dancing Can Be Murder Paperback – June 4, 2013
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Stacey Coverstone is a multi-published author in a variety of genres: women’s fiction, contemporary and historical western romance, mysteries and suspense, ghost stories, and Gothics. She lives in Maryland with her husband, their dogs and cats, and a paint horse named Bill. They have two grown daughters and a baby granddaughter. When she’s not writing, Stacey enjoys reading, photography, target shooting, traveling, and making scrapbooks of her adventures. Please visit Stacey’s website for all her books: http://www.staceycoverstone.com
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I loved the setting and loved that a group of high school friends still are there for each other.
It had alot of secrets and growing older issues that we all face. I love the trip they
took together and the challenges that they all come across.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a book that is entertaining and that we
all can relate to.
LOVED IT! AND I grew up in that same small town.
The appalling lack of research is first. I've lived in the west my whole life and I have been to every place on "this tour." It is obvious that not only has the author not been there, her research sources are either outdated or nonexistent. I could overlook the details at Zion. She appears not to know that a bus tour could not go the places described; they are accessible by Park shuttle only. And you simply couldn't walk where they supposedly walked in the time frame given. And did the author intend to alienate every Harley owner with her ignorant insult, "Bikers who don't have the sense to wear something other than black leather in June in Utah didn't deserve more than a passing glance." In the first place, June in the elevation of Zion is rather chilly. Secondly, riding a Harley at 65 miles an hour is even chillier. Finally, has she even heard of road rash? Although innocent sounding, a minor spill from a bike can result in totally denuding the rider's skin from those surfaces that come in contact with asphalt. As a nurse, I can tell you, bones heal less painfully. Most bikers shed the leather jackets when stopped and warm. But the fact is, they provide protection. Most bikers also are normal people, even professionals like my husband, who enjoy riding as a hobby, and there are too many to dismiss with one ignorant remark. I would say that writers who don't have the sense to know what they are writing about don't deserve more than a passing glance. I'll skip over a lot of the errors and highlight the blatant ones. Grant Village is NOT the only accommodations inside of Yellowstone Park.. It is one of 13 lodging options, including 7 large hotels. And, no, they didn't spring up since the book was published. Some were built in the early 1900s. No, Old Faithful does not erupt every 92 minutes "like clockwork." It's an average. Because of major earthquakes (yes, a long time ago) it ranges between 65 min. after eruptions lasting 2.5 min. To 91 min. for eruptions lasting up to 5 min. It is obvious from her remark that her character was disappointed that author has never been there. Disappointed in a geyser shooting up to 185 feet of scalding water? 35 seconds? Wouldn't happen. But she wouldn't need to be there to know any of this. A google search would tell you the same.
Deadwood is another example. She has her characters walking impossible distances in Zion, but one of them whines about not getting to see the famous cemetery? It's only a few blocks from the saloon they were described as being in. Billings MT is a city of 162,848 and serves a trade area of over a half million. But she said there is "no night life to speak of"! Unbelievable! I get that the author wants her characters to go bowling. So why not make up the name of a town instead of maligning an existing one? That is what she did for her own home town of Harley's Grove. Also, the Sheraton was built in 1980 but sold out to Crown Plaza in 2006. Amazing what you can find out on google. I can verify as I used to live there and currently live 60 miles away. I'll stop although I could point out so many more errors it makes me wonder if the one of 7 reviewers who remarked on the "well researched" aspect of this book is a friend or paid reviewer!
The second thing that bothered me is this. Although the sloppy research was annoying, the whole premise that someone could murder someone and feel justified in doing so is just creepy. Each character supposedly has these serious issues that has shaped their lives. When they are forced to confront them (including the narrator), they all hop to it and live happily ever after. But not one seems to give a second thought to being complicit in murder -- and it may have started as an accident, but turned to murder the minute the victim was rolled onto the pool. He was a creep, but did that justify what was done? Did even one think of reporting him to the tour company for his criminal activity? This could have been a really enjoyable book, but the research problems and the cold hearted, callous nature in which the author accepted murder from her characters left me cold. They were as bad as their victim.