I made it halfway through and couldn't take any more. What was entertaining behavior from the teenage heroine of Deadly Cool was unbearably annoyin...moreDNF
I made it halfway through and couldn't take any more. What was entertaining behavior from the teenage heroine of Deadly Cool was unbearably annoying in the adult heroine of this novel.
Also, if you've read Deadly Cool (which I have, and which is the reason I picked this one up) the story is almost exactly the same -- I had a little mental checklist going:
* vacuous but charming heroine who has a hard time facing reality and a fondness for junk food matched only by her disinterest in exercise
* boyfriend on the run from the police for a crime the heroine is convinced he didn't commit, despite....
* condom wrapper belonging to the boyfriend found by the heroine in a location it shouldn't be if he'd used it with her
* quirky best friend who tries to convince the heroine that there may be a valid reason for said extraneous condom wrapper
* hot bodied potential new love interest for the heroine who's involved in the investigation
There's more, but I don't feel like going on. I'm actually so disappointed by this that I'm probably not going to pick up the next book in the Deadly Cool series, which I had been looking forward to.(less)
Like the title implies, this is a fizzy, delightful little missing-person mystery. When her childhood friend Colin cuts off all contact with his famil...moreLike the title implies, this is a fizzy, delightful little missing-person mystery. When her childhood friend Colin cuts off all contact with his family while out of the country, Julia Probyn is drafted to find him. Using her occupation as a journalist as a cover, Julia soon sets sail for Morocco. Upon her arrival, she's surprised and frustrated to find that none of the people who would be expected to know his whereabouts are willing to tell her anything -- his bank and the consulate included. However, she's able to use her charm and tenacity to unearth clues that take her from Casablanca, to Tangier, Fez, and eventually Marrakesh -- where she briefly spots him before an explosion almost puts a permanent end to her search.
The mystery was engaging, the pacing was good, and the characters were charming -- and not just the human characters; the on-location descriptions were vivid enough that Morocco itself seemed a character in the story. Really, I found this so enjoyable I'm longing to visit Morocco myself.
One caution, however: the way Julia views people of various races and cultures and the benefits of colonialization is in keeping with the thinking of another time period. It's not malicious -- not at all! -- but it is a little disconcerting. It wasn't a constant presence in the story and I found it fairly easy to ignore, but I know different people have different tolerances for such things.(less)