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A Not So Model Home (Amanda Thorne Mysteries #2)

3.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  53 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
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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❂ Jennifer
Jan 08, 2013 ❂ Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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
Jan 23, 2013 Susan rated it liked it
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
Aug 31, 2014 Janicecm rated it did not like it
I enjoyed the first in the series, especially the relationship between Amanda and Alex. Waited 2 months for this one to arrive at local library. Very disappointed. Could have had more plot, less sex. Will not be reading any more of this series.
May 29, 2015 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 18, 2014 Vicky rated it did not like it
Ridiculous. This is the worst book I have read in ages. Please remind me NEVER to purchase another Amanda Thorne by David james.
Mar 14, 2015 Sabine rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I enjoyed it but didn't like that the murders don't happen until half way through the book...
Dawn Frazier
Mar 17, 2014 Dawn Frazier rated it did not like it
I really liked the first book in this series..this one, not so much. the language and subject matter were just a bit too much. Too vulgar.
Traci Hill
Jun 01, 2014 Traci Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
funny book
Feb 17, 2013 Gretchen rated it liked it
Second in the series. Still clever quips. Some of the sex stuff was over the top. I'll read the third one when it comes out, though.
Debra Davis
May 28, 2013 Debra Davis rated it liked it
Very different from the average cottage mystery. Don't read if you are offended by aberrant sexual behavior.
Apr 11, 2013 Susan rated it liked it
Not my usual cup of tea --.very sexually explicit content -- but I found it amusing.
Jo Anne
Sep 21, 2013 Jo Anne rated it did not like it
Shelves: crime
I didn't care of this book so I did not finish it
Jan 12, 2013 Janine rated it liked it
Interesting...that's all I'm going to say.
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Mildly celebrated author, David James divides his time between L.A. and Palm Springs handling sales of mid-century and modern homes by day, while working on spec TV scripts at night. He is extremely accomplished at folding fitted sheets.

aka David Stukas
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