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Dear Irene (Irene Kelly #3)

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From Jan Burke, a rising star in the mystery world, comes the third Irene Kelly book. This time, Irene matches wits with a diabolically clever murderer who is sending the beloved reporter/sleuth clues about his intended victims in messages tied up in mythological riddles.
Published (first published 1995)
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Teena in Toronto
This is the third in the series of eleven (as of 2011). I read it years ago and am rereading the series.

This one was okay. Irene and Frank are now engaged and living together and expanding their family.

Irene is just getting back to work after the beating she had in the second book. Frank is very protective and its driving her crazy.

She starts getting cryptic letters giving her clues to murders. Working together with the police and other reporters, she goes down the path of solving the mystery.

Aug 10, 2014 Johnny rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
It was okay.

Think Seven meets Y.A. meets rom-com battle-of-the-sexes.

The characters were contrived, the ending telegraphed, and the cat and mouse game a bit silly. Lacked the depth or compulsion in the conceit that makes baiting serial killers fun to read--the Mercury/Greek mythology connection is t-h-i-n.

Not recommended, unless you like the series.
Lots of twists and turns. Enjoy some of the humor.
Irene Kelly is finally able to return to work, but she has started receiving letters from someone who calls himself Thantos and calls her Cassandra. Then bodies start showing up. Thantos even breaks into her house that she shares with her fiance Frank Harriman a detective. The link between the bodies and Thantos is that of a death during WWII daycare run by an aircraft company. There are Greek and Roman mythology references. Makes me want to read my mythology books again.
Burke, Jan - 3rd in Irene Kelly series

Receiving a cryptic note that foretells a murder, newspaperwoman Irene Kelly realizes that she is being drawn into an inescapable labyrinth of terror and must track down a killer before she becomes the next victim.

This series is growing better with each book. Ms. Burke is a very good writer.
Another in the Irene Kelly, Southern California newspaper reporter mysterys. In this story, a serial killer is passing on information to her regarding his killings. Plot line involves Greek mythology as Irene works to unravel who the killer is and why. As is usual for this series, Irene becomes a potential victim.
Joe O'c
Very Good; Continuing character: Irene Kelly; reporter receives calls and other messages from a serial killer, who appears to be preying on children of mothers who worked in a munitions plant during WW II and who were involved in a playground incident where one of the children died.
Melanie Barbarito
It was good. I read it quickly, but it was kind of mind candy. I didn't find the characters compelling enough to want to read more in the series. Of course, it might have helped if I'd started with an earlier book in the series. But this is what I found at Half Price Books.
Mary Newcomb
Irene Kelly becomes involved with Greek mythology as part of a modern day murder mystery. Even though she is still recovering from her injuries received during the last tale, her spunkiness rebounds admirably!
"no use asking anyone to trust you irene. its like asking someone to love you. he either does or he doesnt. the request doesnt change a thing."
Kay Wetter
After reading this book, Jan Burke became one of my all time favorite mystery Authors. I love the Irene Kelly series.
I love this series. Irene keeps getting in trouble and worries poor Frank to death. Good, fun books.
This series is fun, a fast-paced read - kind of like the Stephanie Plum books.
Irene is a nosey broad. Jan Burke has a real talent. Makes for good reading!
Joyce McKune
Irene would be a great inspiration for women, young & old.
The plot in this book was well played out.
I can't believe I missed this one!
This series is going downhill.
Always enjoy an Irene book!
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