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P.M. Steffen gives us a delightfully believable dog, fortune telling, settings that range from old money Back Bay Boston, to an insular small town in Texas, with stop-offs in working class, Italian neighborhood dives and an upper crust ball. Sky, scion of one of Boston's wealthiest and most influential families, weighs one hundred pounds and looks a little like Audrey Hepburn; yet she carries herself convincingly in all these places and situations.
There's one other thing about Sky that you should know: she readily has sex with almost any attractive and non-threatening male she encounters. That's the new morality, I suppose; it's not mine. You decide. But other than that aspect of the book, I am enjoying it immensely and recommend it to readers who enjoy this genre and is looking for something different and challenging. It isn't great art, but it has artful aspects. It is genre fiction, but it has some of the qualities of literary fiction. As escapism, it's about as good as this genre gets.
First: the descriptions of locations in the book are too long. They are very intricately described, not only a painting in a room but a very long description of the painting and its history. You can provide an authentic feel for a location (or a painting) with many fewer words. I found myself skipping pages of this information that added nothing to the story.
Second: Sky Stone, as an experienced police consultant, would know not to just grab papers and journals and what have you from crime scenes or other locations. None of that evidence would be admissable in court, nor would any evidence that derived from it (fruit of the poisonous tree)... her disregard for these basic procedures of criminal investigation made her less believable and in the case of a fake rat, slightly unlikable. (Although, I gave her that one because of her mental state)
Like I said, overall, I enjoyed the story very much. I will read the second book and see if any of these issues recur and if the story is strong enough to overcome them.
I delighted in the well-developed characters, the unexpected plot twists, the background on police work, the lives of those mired in pharmaceutical research, the glimpse of very wealthy Bostonians and their counterpart, the gritty reality of thugs and psychopaths. Along the way, Sky grapples with love lost and mourned in Boston and Texas. Steffen adds an empathetic lap dog, witty descriptions of characters (one example: "a solid cop with the smile of a Rottweiler"), Italian food, and echoes from well-loved literature. Add me to the list of fans who are eager for the next book.
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