Sunday, January 9, 2011
At only .99 cents, this laugh-out-loud mystery wrapped up in a fantasy is really a deal not to be missed.
A murder by beheading sends Alice Harte, reluctant real estate broker for thugs, running into the arms of Nigel Channing, a charming British con man.
This urban fantasy is set in Miami and London. Fans of Stephanie Plum will cheer for Alice as she watches her back in attempting to keep her head, while being stalked by Nigel's daft ex-wife and inept, but dangerous mobsters. Alice's world is filled with memorable characters strangely reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland. She's guided through her dangerous adventure by her own Cheshire Cat.
Alice Harte's problems begin when she's kidnapped by Marc Hare, a thug looking to bring down her less-than-honest boss, Leslie Archer. She's let go on the agreement that she WILL help Hare and things only go downhill from there. In a desperate attempt to escape from her troubles, Alice naively takes up an on-line dating romance with Nigel from England. When she takes the romance one step further by agreeing to a whirlwind meet-up with him in Europe, things get even stranger. Alice has definitely fallen down the rabbit hole and the question is, will she find her way out?
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read from the very first page. Author Barbara Silkstone knows how to spin a witty tale with zippy lines and fun characters in zany circumstances. If you like wacky mysteries with a bunch of fun thrown in, then this is a book for you.
Posted by Karen Cantwell at 7:40 AM