Dangerous Admissions: Secrets of a Closet Sleuth (Closet Sleuth #1)
Miranda "Rannie" Bookmanâ€”43, divorced mother of two, with a recent love life consisting of a long string of embarrassingly brief encountersâ€”is beginning to feel like a dangling participle: connected to nothing. Her career as a copyeditor is down the toilet (she makes one little slipâ€”a missing "l" from the last word in the title of the Nancy Drew classic The Secret o...more
Perhaps it's because I read this book on Kindle, so I wasn't influenced by the cover or the blurb. It seems that the book's packaging promises a light, fluffy chick lit read. And that's not what the book delivers. To begin, the heroine is past chick lit heroine age - refreshing so. Rannie Bookman (I see what you did with the name there, author) is a divorced, underemployed mother of a college age daught ...more
However, in reality, the book has more depth than the cover and blurb would lead one to believe. The heroine, Miranda (Rannie) Bookman, lost her copyediting job thanks to an embarassing typo. Now 43, she works part-time giving admissions tou ...more
Editor: This is a great little cozy mystery you've got here, Jane!
Editor: We know you are used to writing books for toddlers, but we gotta tell you . . .
Editor: Well, have you ever watched "Gossip Girl"? Because that show is really hot right now. Could you take this cozy mystery and add in some "Gossip Girl"?
Jane: Er, I guess so.
While the concept seemed a go ...more
As good reads do, this read gained momentum and interest as the story neared its climax. There was enough humor and quirkiness to provide added interest, including the main character's attention to grammar (as an editor/proofreader, it ...more
I did, however, find it very ironically amusing that a book with a copy editor protagonist who winces at poor grammar, typos, and other errors, contained some glaring errors (as well as a few sentences i'd rewrite to be less jarring ...more
This is a book that is hurt by the shifting point of view. We get the alternating point of view of Rannie (the aforementioned mom), her suspect son Nate, and Olivia, the student who discovered the body. We also are privy to te ...more
So...why didn't I like the book?
1. Well it wasn't what I expected. I expected some fun chick lit - some light mystery with some romance thrown in. No...not so. Instead I got a pretty heavy read with murder, serial killers, another murder, drugs, and unnecessary self-pleasuring scenes. (Yuck.)
2. The main character was a copy editor. And she kept correcting everyone ...more
Fun chick-lit for the older crowd, but with a substantial portion in the first person from some high-school senior characters, all credible and likeable. I solved the mystery in the first 2 chapters, but still enjoyed the portrayal of the Upper West Sider involved in an Upper East Side milieu -- a competitive private school. Also the protagonist, as an unemployed editor, can't help hearing grammar and seeing punctuation the way I do -- a life long handicap. (It was especia ...more
Rannie is a freelance copy editor and part-time tour guide for the exclusive Upper West Side private school her son Nate attends (courtesy of her rich WASP ex-mother-in-law).
When the Director of College Admissions is found
To read the rest of this ...more
Nothing wrong with the story. Enjoyable. I enjoyed some of the complications in her twists....
Interesting note - this is the first adult novel by the author of one of my 3 year old daughter's favorite books, Fancy Nancy.