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Wave and Die (Jordan Lacey Mysteries) Hardcover – December 1, 2001

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Book 2 of 9 in the Jordan Lacey Series

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This semiserious, often disjointed caper, the second in British author Whitelaw's new series (after 2000's Pray and Die), takes the reader through multiple rambling investigations, most of which seem pointless even after they're finally resolved. Different clients present PI Jordan Lacey with three separate problems: stolen water lilies, a missing wedding cake and an errant husband. Lacey has trouble focusing on any of these conundrums because she has various distractions of her own, including an infatuation with a local police investigator and a compelling desire to possess a certain "ladybird" motorcar inconveniently owned by one of her customers. At times Lacey's personal problems seem to overwhelm her professional duties, as when her asthma drives her from pubs, and near poverty forces her to sell trinkets from a storefront below her one-room flat. She seeks stress relief by walking along the waterfront in her West Sussex village of Latching, where we are treated to scenic views of the sea during autumn storms and winter blows. Matters turn even more serious when Lacey herself becomes a suspect in Detective Inspector James's investigation of two arson cases involving her clients. Interactions among the many characters in these cases confuse both the heroine and her reader, and after 16 chapters she exclaims, "It was time to wind up these cases. Their convolutions were strangling me." No argument with that, but before we get to the windup, we must endure a long-winded confession from a culprit who was rarely mentioned before the final mea culpa.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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After being forced off the local police squad in Latching, England, perky narrator Jordan Lacey (Pray and Die) formed her own private investigation firm. Currently, she divides her time among tracking down a large batch of stolen water lilies, searching for a stolen display wedding cake, and identifying the inamorata of a straying local councilman. But events heat up with a case of arson and murder involving said councilman. Jordan is a nifty protagonist: she rides a bicycle, runs a second-hand shop on the side, and seems infatuated with two men she can't have. A nicely complicated plot, then, with plenty of entertaining human eccentricity as filler. Good reading for devotees of British mysteries.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Series: Jordan Lacey Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727857223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727857224
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,814,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like a refreshing breath of fresh sea air, this second installment in the Jordan Lacy cozies is set in the British seaside town of Latchings. A delight from the first page, Jordan Lacy is a most unconventional former police woman turned private investigator/junk shop dealer/jazz connoisseur. As she pedals about Latchings, the dialogue and characterization are absolutely charming - as is Jordan's very active fantasy life. With a caseload that includes stolen water lilies, a missing wedding cake, as well as a errant husband, Jordan has her sights set on acquiring the Ladybird, a little red coupe with black spots. As she moves on to missing bankers, mistresses, murder and arson, Jordan finds herself a suspect. Taking plenty of time for a cup of tea or coffee here and there, Jordan eventually fits together the puzzle pieces - and surprises everyone. The end seemed very rushed and implausible, but did not diminish my delight in another Jordan Lacy book.
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Stella Whitelaw has created a series about a woman who got kicked off a local police force. She becomes a PI and a junk shop owner. The books are full of quirky scenarios, and an often frustrating love angle. I love reading about places that I have visited in England. I've been to the South Downs, and Dorking. I can see these places in my mind's eye.
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Great read
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