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Secondhand Smoke Hardcover – September 27, 2006
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Authentic urban atmosphere, generous wit and winning characters lift Olson's second outing for Annie Seymour (after 2005's Sacred Cows), which takes the intrepid New Haven, Conn., reporter to a possible arson scene. When a cherished local Italian restaurant, Prego, burns down, a corpse in the rubble is believed to be that of the owner, Sal Amato. The police later determine that the deceased is Prego's hostess, whose history of domestic violence with her boyfriend, Prego's chef, leads to the chef's arrest. But when Annie stumbles on Amato, just after he's shot dead, it looks as if the mob may be responsible. Enter Annie's father, who's in town from Las Vegas. Annie worries her dad is somehow involved, and when his fingerprints show up in suspicious places, the cops and the Feds agree. To clear his name, Annie joins forces up with sexy Vinny DeLucia, marine biologist–turned–gumshoe, who conveniently turns up in all the wrong places at the right times to save Annie's derriere. Readers are sure to look forward to Annie's further adventures. (Sept.)
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When an Italian restaurant in New Haven, Connecticut, burns to the ground with a woman's body inside, and the restaurant's owner goes missing, local reporter Annie Seymour investigates in her old neighborhood. When Annie finds a second body in the rubble of the restaurant, she is removed from the story because she is too personally involved, but she continues to investigate on her own. After rumors of illegal gambling and Mafia connections surface, Annie begins to fear her father may be involved, as he was a longtime friend of the restaurant's owner. Annie, who split with her policeman boyfriend after the events of the series debut, Sacred Cows (2005), remains attracted to her old friend PI Vinny DeLucia, who is engaged to someone else but allows his relationship with Annie to heat up as he helps her investigate. Humor enlivens this first--person account, although Olson occasionally substitutes cliches for character development (we know Annie is tough because she swears a lot). Still, this remains a series with considerable potential. Sue O'Brien
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And what is with all the references to the chickens? "Are the chickens dead, too?" a seemingly crazy man asks Annie the night of the fire. Huh? The last book had cows, this one has chickens--if the next one has pigs, I'm going to start singing "ei-ei-o" and thinking maybe Old MacDonald is a serial killer! LOL
This book was as enjoyable as the first book in the series with a bad guy that I didn't figure out until the last minute, though the clues were there had I chosen to assimilate them. This is such an unusual occurance for me (I typically spot the bad guy very early on) that when it happens, I always sit up and take notice. There is some romance/sexual tension but it's done well and not sappy or over-the-top, nor does it dominate the book. Thank heavens, because nothing will turn me off faster than a romance novel disguised as a mystery. The quirky, somewhat adult-flavored humor is also well-done and not "forced" which is another turn-off of mine.
This is an all-around excellent read. I like Annie a lot and am very interested in seeing how her character develops over the course of the series. The setting in the book is also very picturesque. I've never been to New Haven, CT but Olson's descriptions assure me that she is very familiar with the area and make me want to visit, especially for the food. I wonder if the Chamber of Commerce has her on their payroll? If they don't, perhaps they should! :-)
Annie is a hard-edged character, a bit foul-mouthed, callous and world-weary, and sick of her job after years of reporting on New Haven's criminal class. She seems to go to some trouble to hide her humanity from herself and others, but it's not clear to me precisely why she so armors herself. It's true that her relationship with her mother is strained, and her job as a reporter necessarily distances her from would-be newsmakers who don't want their peccadilloes showing up in the paper. The job contributes to Annie's identity as an outsider in her own neighborhood. But I'm not sure these sufficiently explain her cynical detachment. It would be nice, at any rate, to see her character develop some emotional nuance in subsequent outings.
Olson offers up a decent mystery her second time out, with a twist at the end you almost certainly won't see coming. And as with the first book--and as a New Haven native--I much appreciate that her series is so firmly rooted in the area: Wooster Square and the Q Bridge and Claire's Cornucopia figuring as backdrops this time around, Yale's Sterling Library and Sleeping Giant State Park in book one. I look forward to seeing where the next Annie Seymour mystery takes us.