Monday, August 07, 2006
Murder, Mayhem, and a Fine Man is the perfect title for this unique mystery. One of my favorite lines... He put his elbows on the table and gave me an endearing look. "Let's debrief." (and the heroine replies) "Coming from you, that sounds nasty." Why did my furniture seem so very small? (Is that funny or what?)
One of the endorsers called this work of art sassy. Not only is it loaded with sass, but it also has spunk, intrigue, and some mighty terrible villains. I loved how Bell, the heroine, teased her sister, Carly, for working with dead people (sister is a medical examiner) and Carly teased Bell about having crazy people for clients. The one-liners have snap! The author did such a bang-up job describing the crime scene it made me want to hurl right along with the heroine. Okay, so I had a stomach bug today...But I still identified with the heroine. Seriously, I read this book straight through. It's that engrossing.
More than once my eyebrows raised at something the author wrote, and I thought...THIS was published by a CBA publisher? Then a slow smile tugged at my mouth. It made me want to give the author a high-five. Go Claudia! Her story has it all! Lots of teasing and sexual tension, extreme emotions like fear, some pretty scary people, tender moments, spiritual depth, and a whole lotta fun. I especially liked Jazz's parents and their twisted sense of humor.
While described as chick-lit with flava, I say this cool read contains a whole lot more. Try mystery/suspense/romance/women's fiction/chick lit. I think Claudia Mair Burney created a fresh, new genre. :) Murder, Mayhem, and a Fine Man was published in July 2006 by NavPress.