Monday, June 2, 2008

Fatal Deduction - Gayle Roper - GIVE AWAY!!!

From the publisher's website:
One across… Three down… The answer is in the puzzle. The danger is in not solving it before time’s up.

Libby Burton longs to be close to her twin sister, Tori, but their lives have taken them in different directions. Forced to share Aunt Stella’s old Philadelphia home in order to receive their inheritance, Libby hopes for a change, but it isn’t looking good so far.

First, Tori tries to steal the affection and allegiance of Libby’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Chloe. Then when a crossword puzzle with a hidden warning shows up on their doorstep, Tori refuses to take it seriously–in spite of the dead man who delivers it.

Libby finds comfort in neighbor Drew Canfield, but he hesitates to trust her after his disastrous marriage. As Libby struggles to act faithfully in the midst of these confusing relationships, she must also deal with a stolen diamond and a botched kidnapping. The answer to her problems lies in the riddles of the crosswords, if only she can solve the puzzle before it’s too late.

MY REVIEW:

As you probably know by now, mysteries and suspense are my two favorites when it comes to reading. So, when Fatal Deduction presented itself, I was all excited! However, this book changes point of view so many times and so abruptly that it was really hard to stay with the story. One minute you were dealing with finding a dead body, and the next minute you were getting back-story on the dysfunctional past of the two main characters. In a nutshell, the story came across very disjointed to me and kind of confusing. The spiritual aspects seemed kind of forced, and that only added to the feeling that things weren’t fitting together very smoothly.

The ending of the book did bring some of the disjointed pieces together, but overall, I just have to say it was ok. I do have a copy of this book to give away, so if you enjoy a kind of cozy mystery based around a very dysfunctional family, you might like this. Please leave a comment for your chance to win. You may really enjoy the book even if it left me feeling sort of indifferent. Give it a try!

Gayle Roper has been writing mystery and romantic suspense novels for more than thirty years and is the author of over forty-five books. She is a three-time Christy Award finalist, the winner of three Holt Medallions, and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times magazine. Her novel Autumn Dreams won Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance. She and her husband, Chuck, divide their time between Pennsylvania and Ontario, Canada.

9 comments:

Tara said...

I'd like to read this book.

ChristyJan said...

I'd love to read this cozy mystery. Dysfunctional family? Maybe it will make me feel normal.

stampedwithgrace said...

this sounds like an exciting book!

Toystory said...

Well, I think I might like this book.... please enter me.

Kat Bryan said...

I'm willing to try and follow the story line of this book. It sounds interesting, even though it may be hard to follow.

Grateful Gramma said...

I'm in too, please.....

Carole said...

Your honest review was very helpful. Based on Gayle's previous books, I'd still like to read it. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

katy said...

I'd like to win this book. TY!

Carole said...

Kim, I already have a copy of this book, so please remove my name and give the others a better chance to win. Thank you!