There's a new reason why Karen Robards is "one of the most popular voices in women's fiction" (Newsweek). It's called Superstition....
The beautiful vistas of Pawleys Island hide a dark side--the murder of a local girl fifteen years ago and the strange disappearance of her two friends. The story of the unsolved crime could be journalist Nicole Sullivan's big break. But while Nicole works intimately with the Police Chief Joe Franconi,her investigation takes a haunting turn when another young woman is murdered. As the body count rises, so does Nicole's fear that a killer has come home to Pawleys Island to bury a terrifying secret, and resurrect the haunting legacy of a shocking and unforgivable crime.
Combining elements of a Southern gothic, a cozy comedy, a sexy romance and a serial killer thriller, this new offering from Robards (Bait, etc.) tries to be too many things at once, and the result is a mishmash of familiar devices and recycled characters. One such is Joe Franconi, a big city cop turned police chief for small Pawleys Island, S.C. With his "washboard abs" and painful past, Joe is the average tortured hero, and sexy TV reporter Nicky Sullivan is his natural counterpart. Nicky, with the help of her psychic mother, intends to revisit the scene of a 15-year-old unsolved murder, but Mayor Vince Capra will do anything--even enlist the local police--to keep the program from airing. With no legal ground to stand on, Joe fails to stop the filming, but he's conveniently on hand to rescue Nicky when she stumbles on a fresh murder victim and nearly becomes one herself. Has the killer from 15 years ago resurfaced, or is a new killer on the loose? Joe and Nicky spend as much time arguing over who will solve the case as they do staring "hotly" at one another, but ironically, neither succeeds in solving anything. Though the book has its suspenseful moments (and its amusing ones, which primarily involve a pig named Cleo), its final twist feels manufactured simply to bring hero and heroine together. Agent, Robert Gottlieb. (Apr.)
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1 . A great story.
Posted June 19, 2010 by Lauralee , MiltonThis book is a "grabber" of your attention. It was hard to put down. There was never a dull moment. One of the best books I have read.
May 29, 2006
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