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A Not So Model Home (Amanda Thorne Mysteries #2)
by David James
Times are tough and the real estate market is tanking, even in posh Palm Springs. So when former client Ian Forbes, the eccentric head of an international hair care empire, offers Amanda a chance to list his palatial Spanish style pad, she reluctantly takes him up on it. All she has to do is appear on the bizarre reality dating show he’s filming—and starring in—at his esta ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Kensington
(first published January 1st 2012)
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I'm not sure what to think of this book. It's formula fits the cozy bill: amateur sleuth finds herself surrounded by murder and mayhem and stumbles across clues to solve the murder. Witty dialogue and comedy abound. Light romance throughout the story. BUT, the male author seems to see it as a goal to include as much vulgarity and sexual references as possible in 229 pages. Now I'm not at all adverse to vulgarity, but it just doesn't feel like it fits here - it feels like the author is going for ...more
Realtor Amanda is finding it hard to keep things going as the economy tanks, so she reluctantly accepts an offer from one of her former clients to appear in a reality show. Her role is as the client's best friend, which she's not in real life, and a "fag hag," which is closer to reality. A number of the client's former lovers are competing to be his new boyfriend and inherit his estate when he dies, as he will shortly. But some of the contestants start dying sooner. I still don't think James wri ...more
Cozy mystery? Yes. Good plot? No. I just couldn't get into it. It was the only book I took with me on vacation, though, so I stuck it out. It doesn't get better, so if you don't like it in the first chapter or two, go ahead and write it off.
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