Dating Can Be Deadly Paperback – Feb 1 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Tabitha Emery, the psychically talented star of Canadian author Roberts's chick-friendly debut mystery, works as a receptionist at a prestigious Seattle law firm, where she hopes for a better position - and some attention from hunky lawyer Clay Sanderson. A purse-snatching (hers) and a broken-down car (also hers) put her in a bind, though she can turn to friends Jenny, Lara and Cathy for both drinking companionship and support. When her psychic abilities lead to the discovery of a murder site, the result is suspicion on the part of the police, solicitous attention from Sanderson and suspension (automatic) from the law firm. She also receives, with ambivalence, attentions from the darkly handsome owner of the Scrying Room, a metaphysical retail establishment. Despite her dithering doubts about her own attractiveness, intelligence and decision making, Tabitha emerges as a likable damsel in distress with a promising series future.
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Tabitha Emery's clairvoyant powers can't save her from having her purse snatched, but they do help her uncover a crime scene across from the movie theater where she has just taken a second job. The police are quite suspicious about how Tabitha just happened upon a dumpster with an inverted pentagram spray-painted on it and a significant amount of blood inside it. Clay Sanderson, a sexy lawyer at the firm where Tabitha works, advises her to stay away from the case. Instead, she visits a local "magick" store, the Scrying Room, where she meets the handsome proprietor, Lucien Roskell. Lucien gives her a special mirror and encourages her to channel her psychic abilities. She does, but what she learns causes the police to become more skeptical about her knowledge and attracts the killer's attention. Roberts' first novel blends chick lit--Tabitha frequently shares her guy troubles with friends over drinks at a local bar--with paranormal romance and mystery in a seamless, entertaining story. Kristine Huntley
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The paranormal aspect of the novel drew me in as much as the whodunit part did. This novel is a great departure from the same old single-girl-with-job-and-dating-troubles-meets-with-friends-in-the-city books. Not only was the mystery part of it fun to follow, but I also had a great time trying to guess which hunkster would end up with Tabitha -- gorgeous lawyer Clay or darkly sexy Lucien, a magic practitioner and owner of the Scrying Room. The author kept me guessing on both accounts. The subject matter of this book may seem dark and creepy, but it is also quite clever and, like I said before, a great departure from traditional chick-lit. The characters are great. I loved Tabitha's friends and thought both Clay and Lucien sounded delicious. The heroine got on my nerves every now and then because she comes across as whiny and petty at times. All in all, Dating Can Be Deadly is a great, unique chick-lit novel with a clever mix of mystery, romance and paranormal and you should give it a whirl. I hope Red Dress Ink continues to release oddballs like this one.
When she is visited by a detective, Clay Sanderson, the lawyer she has a crush on is there to provide counsel. The cynical detective thinks that Tabitha may be involved, especially since he thinks psychics are phony (and there is no body). Clay gets frustrated with Tabitha, because she keeps talking to the cops without him to provide counsel, and investigates the crime, despite his requests no to.
She soon hooks up with Lucien Roskell, the owner of a paranormal shop who wants to help her with her "gift." He sends her a gift of a scrying mirror, which is supposed to help her with her psychic visions. He also is attracted to Tabitha, much to her gay friend Jeff's delight. When it appears that she is now a target of violence, both men in her life become concerned, and she is forced to move in with a friend temporarily.
"Dating Can Be Deadly" is cleverly written, and is suspenseful - you never really know who the bad guy is until the end. Roberts also does a good job presenting two totally opposite but wonderful men that have feelings for Tabitha. Who she ultimately chooses is also a mystery until the end.
With a plethora of intriguing details about witchcraft and clairvoyance mixed in with drinks with the girls, dates with handsome unobtainable men, and Tabitha's mounting frustration, "Dating Can Be Deadly" was a very satisfying read. The author does an amazing job of capturing the reader's attention and holding it until the end. No predictability about the plot whatsover - I was hooked until the very last page because of the suspense. This book could easily fall into the Paranormal chick lit category because of Tabitha's gift, but is also quite at home in the mystery category.
"Dating Can Be Deadly" has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and a frothy concoction of drinks, dates and dead bodies. I simply loved this book!
Overall I highly recommend this book to all Mystery and chick lit fans alike. There is something for everyone in this hilarious and suspenseful novel - don't miss it!
You don't have to be a fan of the paranormal to enjoy this book. Tabitha has all the characteristics of a great Chick Lit protagonist; she's flawed yet endearing, insecure, but not annoyingly so and she's often quite funny. What's amazing is how Roberts is able to stay true to the irreverent tone of the Chick Lit genre while simultaneously weaving a suspenseful and often frightening-to-the-point-of-being-creepy mystery. This book is definitely worth your while.