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Baker & Taylor
When successful mystery writer Kimberly Sawyer finds a rose with a needle in its heart on her doorstep, she is uncertain if someone is trying to chase her away, or draw her close.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2000.
ISBN: 9780786226009
Characteristics: 315 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Mar 18, 2013

28/1 - After two chapters the writing seems a bit weak and the way it's written seems to assume the reader knows something that she doesn't - the back story between Kim and Darius. Kim keeps thinking about 'that night' and 'what happened' a month ago, but it's not until the 'thing that happened that night' has been mentioned 3 or 4 times that it actually gets explained. I felt like it was a tension-rachetting plot device which didn't actual rachet anything except my irritation at such a transparent ploy. To be continued...

29/1 - I really can't believe that a woman of the 80s would have unprotected sex with a man she's known for 3 days (not counting that time 2 months ago when she rescued his nephew), and numerous times, without knowing whether he's going to be around in a month to support her through the results of the pregnancy test and the STDs test. I also don't believe that she would marry a man who hasn't expressed any particular feeling towards her. And as if any woman would marry a man she still calls by his last name, although maybe this particular woman would, as despite being an outspoken, independent woman of the 80s she seems to be an idiot. Because the whole plot seemed so unbelievable the romance was very blah, I didn't feel any connection between Kim and Cavenaugh (it's even spelt weirdly). The witchcraft angle was almost completely missing, it was all just illusions of grandeur of a crazy old woman. One more thing, in the scene where she gets up to get a drink of water the night Cavenaugh first arrives at her house, how does the unnamed punk with the silver dagger know that she's going to be at the kitchen sink at that particular time in order to see him standing outside the window looking menacing in his cowled robe? I mean, he could have been standing there all night, and she might never have gotten up that night or she might have had an ensuite from which to get her glass of water. Obviously we've discounted the use of witchcraft to divine her intentions, so that just leaves us with another silly and irritating plot device that didn't fool anyone.


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