Sunday, July 11, 2010

Revenge Served Cold - Jackie Fullerton

Summary: Kathy Spence awakens in the middle of the night and finds herself in a living nightmare. Her husband has been run down and she is the primary suspect. With an eyewitness to the crime and proof that her car was the murder weapon, it appears to be an open and shut case.

Terrified for her future, Kathy turns to amateur sleuth Anne Marshall for help. Believing in Kathy's innocence, Anne launches her own investigation, uncovering proof of a conspiracy that reaches from Kathy's past and threatens her own life.

In a race against time, Anne must count on her close friends and even the ghost of her father to help her bring a killer to justice before it's too late
Cover Photo from barnesandnoble.com, summary from book

My Review:
Anne Marshall is a court reporter and a law student. She can not seem to keep her nose out of police business. When Kathy Spence's husband turns up dead and Kathy is pegged as the murderer, Anne steps in to prove Kathy's innocence. With the help of her father's ghost and a few well-connected friends, this amateur sleuth's quest to uncover the true murderer begins.

I was sent this book free for review and only after beginning it did I realize that this is actually a follow-up book to Piercing the Veil. Reading the first book was not necessary to the storyline of this novel, but maybe it would have added some dimension to the heroine and supporting characters. As it was I felt very detached. Also the first story is referred to often throughout this book.

Everything about this story is far-fetched, from the plot (yes, I realize that most mystery plots fall into this category but this one was over-the-top) to the dialog to the setting. The author's need to continually reiterate events and conversations was distracting. This book also lacked mystery as the conclusion was blatantly obvious from the beginning. The action picked up during the last fifty pages and, though predictable, the climax kept it from flopping altogether.

Bottomline I wasn't impressed with this book but I do know a few people who would enjoy it. It was a simplistic, predictable PG mystery with a touch of humor. If this is your cup of tea I'd suggest picking up the first book before reading this one. Don't let the paranormal situation turn you off as that was one of the few aspects that actually worked well for this book.

My Rating: 2 Stars

To Sum it up: Not as much fun as I had hoped

1 comment:

dollycas aka Lori said...

I felt the same way about this book, Great review!

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