by Julie Kramer | [3 stars]
REVIEWED BY JOANNA POWELL
"Nothing sells a news story like murder, mansions and money," says brassy TV reporter Riley Spartz as she pursues a ratings-grabbing piece. And this amiable mystery about her investigation into a wealthy jilted bride and the groom who's been missing since the eve of their wedding has all three components--along with quirky subplots involving a kidnapped fish at the Mall of America, a meth dealer who sells drugs at yard sales (used Twister game, anyone?) and offstage machinations at a Minneapolis TV station. The heroine's name is irritatingly implausible, and there are some silly scenes involving a comedy club. But smart dialogue and a fleet pace make this second outing in Kramer's fledgling series (after 2008's Stalking Susan) a crowd-pleaser.
by Karin Slaughter | [3 stars]
Will Trent and Faith Mitchell are not ideal police officers: He's illiterate and has violent outbursts; she's pregnant and attracted to the wrong men. As a team, though, they must compensate for each other's weaknesses and catch a psychopath who's killing women with eating disorders. While it won't make you lose sleep or check your closet for bad guys, Slaughter's latest is a compelling look at how two flawed people work to overcome their shortcomings and combat pure evil.
Love Is a Four-Letter Word
edited by Michael Taeckens | [4 stars]
REVIEWED BY JUDITH NEWMAN
Think your breakup was bad? In the name of love, and its opposite, Junot Diaz punches a turtle. Jennifer Finney Boylan, nee James, retreats into wigs, bras and Keats; Dan Kennedy learns the dangers of being hugged by a lesbian pal who's into community theater. These uproarious, touching tales remind us that the heart wants what it wants, and often what it wants defies reason.
A POSTHUMOUS SUCCESS
Tattoo was first published in Sweden, a year after the author died of a heart attack. To date it has sold millions of copies worldwide.
WHAT THEY'RE READING
MELISSA JOAN HART
Peggy Noonan's When Character was King, about Ronald Reagan. I go to lectures at the Reagan Library, so I have to be up on him!
The plays of Martin McDonagh. Deal with that, everybody! They're really great. He wrote In Bruges. I've never read plays for leisure before.
SOLEIL MOON FRYE
I'm not doing any summer reading myself, but I do read to the kids--lots of children's books. They'll read anything with princesses.
ROMANCE NOVELS: WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE?
* Can't get past those Fabio covers? Plenty of romance novels are "well-written by smart, funny women," says Sarah Wendell, author (with Candy Tan) of Beyond Heaving Bosoms. Their faves:
by Jennifer Crusie
WENDELL: It's like the best TV show.
TAN: The universe conspires to get the couple together.
THE SHADOW AND THE STAR
by Laura Kinsale
TAN: A white ninja? It sounds horrible, but it's heartwrenching.
LORD OF SCOUNDRELS
by Loretta Chase
TAN: The banter is amazing.
MAGNATE'S MAKE-BELIEVE MISTRESS
by Bronwyn Jameson
WENDELL: A total inversion of the Cinderella myth.
THE IN DEATH SERIES
by J.D. Robb (a.k.a. Nora Roberts)
WENDELL: Scary, powerful, sexy. Nora's a freaking powerhouse.
JENNY BIERLICH/STAR MAX
Named Works: The Girl Who Played with Fire (Novel) Book reviews; Missing Mark (Novel) Book reviews; Undone (Taylor, Brooke) (Novel) Book reviews; Love Is a Four-Letter Word (Essay collection) Book reviews
Source Citation:Emmons, Josh, Joanna Powell, Thailan Pham, and Judith Newman. "Books.(Book review)." People Weekly 72.5 (August 3, 2009): 45. Academic OneFile. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 30 July 2009
Gale Document Number:A204220176
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