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Plain Brown Wrapper: An Alex Powell Novel

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Who killed Ev and why? The three most likely suspects are Ev's competitors -- publishers of the country's other popular black magazines who all had plenty of good reasons to make sure Ev never received his Journalist of the Year award.

With the help of Paul Butler, a fellow journalist and an old friend, Alex tries to untangle the circumstances that led to Ev Carson's death.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 3rd 2001 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published July 1st 2001)
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This book was a disappointment as the author spent more time giving full (yet trivial) descriptions of each character's clothing (each and every time they made an appearance) instead of working on the murder mystery plot. The characters were not realistic. Their behaviors were erratic and not consistent with the personalities, or even what most people would do if they found themselves in the scenario presented in the book. There is also an obvious attempt to mislead the audience into thinking on ...more
This author was more concerned with setting the scene and giving us a total sense of the characters than with advancing the plot. I was more than half-way through with the novel and there hadn't been any danger. The investigation into the murder of Ev always removed suspicion from characters. We were introduced to them, learned their backstory and then they were no longer suspects.

Also, the romance between Alex and Paul was visible from the moment they teamed up together and at times I felt like
Katie M.
I don't do a ton of silly mystery reading but I thoroughly enjoyed this one; it was smart, lively, and ridiculously readable.
Right now, I don't think I am going to finish this one. Here is the problem: Alex Powell has no emotions. Everything is a joke to her. She walks in to find someone whom she classifies as a friend dead and foaming at the mouth on the bed and she just accepts it. No tears, no serious reflection of past friendships; she instantly starts annoying the police officers, playing guessing games, etc. etc.

I don't think this is a book for teenagers, it would bore them to tears. When the main character doe
Sarah C
This is a great book for teachers who want to keep books in their classrooms for students (high school). I think that it would totally engage students in reading, I finished it in 2 days.
It took over two months to finish this book. Not that it was horrible, it just wasnt... (
Listening to the book on tape.
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