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Beguiled by Deeanne Gist
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Jul 26, 11

I read this book for two reasons: First, it is co-written by one of my favorite authors, Deeanne Gist, and second, it is set in modern day Charleston. That being said, the book would have been better if it had been set in historic Charleston and had a different plot, like a historical romance. However, the authors decided to set it in the present time and to make it a mystery book. The first part of the book, up until about page 120, is completely boring. I had to skim through most of the pages because the plot is so dull. It is just about break-ins in wealthy mansions and about the day to day life of a dog-walker. However, the interesting thing about the break-ins is that in each case, only one item is stolen, and each item mysteriously appears at different charities. This earns the burgler the name of "The Robin Hood Thief." After page 120, the plot thickens, and the book actually becomes interesting because the plot has more depth. However, since most of the book is written by Mark Bertrand, who is an amateur writer-this is his first published book, there are some incongruities in the writing. For instance, some characters are placed in the novel without being properly introduced. Also, some happenings are not explained and some events are not accounted for, thus making it a bit hard for the reader to accept, and it's not one of those things where these details are purposely supposed to be ambiguous. All in all, given the circumstances surronding the book, it is pretty good for what it is.

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