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Monday, August 07, 2006

My review of Murder, Mayhem, and a Fine Man by Claudia Mair Burney

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.


Sharon Hinck said...

Woo hoo! I agree. I could not stop reading this book, and Claudia is my new favorite author and soul sistah. I adored the characters and loved how she dared to poke affectionately at some sacred cows. And even though it was incredible fun, it wasn't shallow. There was spiritual depth woven through the plot.

Heather Diane Tipton said...

I loved this book! I love Claudia Mair! I loved this book when I read it in ARC form and I loved it when I got my official copy that Claudia Mair sent me. (BTW, book two is even better!!

Edgy Inspirational Author said...

I believe you. That teaser chapter left me hanging and I gotta tell you that I'm totally frustrated having to wait for this one. It sounds great!!! Glad we have similar tastes. :)

Southern-fried Fiction said...

Why did I miss that one? Sounds like one I'd better read, Michelle! :o)

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