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To Have and to Kill by Mary Jane Clark
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Jan 20, 11

bookshelves: mystery, netgalley, nook, cozy-mystery, blogged
Read from January 09 to 12, 2011

I really wanted to like this book, and in the end I did. Unfortunately, it was the "just liked" kind of like, not the enthusiastic kind.

Something about the writing style didn't quite work for me. The sentences were short, without much detail. This may be a purely personal thing, but somehow it never drew me into the world of the book.

Piper was an interesting character, at least on the surface. I never felt I really got to know her, even though I was told a lot about her, including her thoughts and plans. I did like the fledgling love interest with her friend, and hope that develops in future books.

The mystery would have drawn me in if I'd been more attached to the characters. Unfortunately, I wasn't convinced by the motive at the end-- I'd examined the character and dismissed them as a suspect because the motive didn't seem compelling enough.

I was drawn to this book due to the Wedding Cake angle. There isn't much of that world in this book, although I enjoyed what was there. Instead, I saw lots of the world inside a soap opera, which I loved! That was the best aspect of the book for me.

I haven't read Mary Jane Clark before. I'm interested in picking up one of her other books, since I'd love the same look into the TV News world as I did into the world of the soaps, and I think the writing style could work more for me with a thriller than a cozy-ish mystery.
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