Killer Deal Hardcover – Jul 11 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
In Anderson's third mystery (after 2005's Killer Cocktail) to feature Molly Forrester, advice columnist for Zeitgeist magazine, the fashionable New York City journalist still yearns to be an investigative crime reporter. She gets her chance when her editor asks her to interview Gwen Lincoln, the wealthy ex-wife of "advertising rock star" Garth Henderson and the prime suspect in Henderson's high-profile murder, which the police think may be connected to the victim's agency's recent merger with a rival firm. Molly's two best friends—attorney Cassady Lynch and events planner Tricia Vincent—hope to see Molly's byline in the New York Times, but Molly's sexy homicide detective boyfriend, Kyle Edwards, wants her to keep out of danger and off his turf. As Molly investigates the many possible suspects, she jeopardizes her romance, her friends' safety and her own life. But this "Sleuth in the City" stays on her toes as Anderson keeps the story lighthearted and fast-paced. (July 28)
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Molly Forrester, advice columnist for Zeitgeist magazine, pitches to her editor the idea of an article on Gwen Lincoln, widow of murdered advertising executive Garth Henderson. Is Gwen the murderer? Molly investigates, against the wishes of her boyfriend, NYPD detective Kyle Edwards, but with the assistance of her two good friends Cassady and Tricia. Numerous suspects emerge in addition to Gwen, from an angry client to a new business partner to Henderson's employees. Complicating matters, Molly's ex-boyfriend turns up, either trying to scoop her on the story or get back together with her--or both. Elements of chick lit--the New York setting, the many brand names, lots of shopping, the emphasis on relationship problems--give the novel appeal beyond mystery fans. This third in a series is a quick, fun read, although the motive for the murder is rather weak. Sue O'Brien
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Molly Forrester adores her job as the resident advice columnist for Zeitgeist Magazine, but she knows more than anything that she wants to be a true journalist. To prove to the world that she is one, however, she'll need to snag the story of a lifetime. When Garth Henderson, a Manhattan advertising guru is found dead, Molly feels as if the story she has been dreaming of has just been dropped in her lap - literally. Finally she'll have the opportunity to illustrate her writing chops for the world to see, and be taken seriously. Quickly scooping up the assignment from her editor, Molly begins with an exclusive interview with the glamorous Gwen Lincoln, the prime suspect in the case, who just happens to be Garth's ex-wife. Sure, Molly is supposed to be focusing on the launch of Gwen's perfume Success, but she knows that adding in a few facts about the murder will only boost her readership. But once she's learned a few facts, Molly finds it impossible to turn her curiosity off, and resolves to solve the murder before her article goes to press, in an attempt to secure herself the title of a serious journalist. But in the midst of her investigation, she's forced to contend with an editor who keeps flip flopping back and forth about the article; a homicide detective boyfriend who can't stand Molly's inquisitive nature, and penchant for getting into deadly situations; and discovering the truth about the Physics lover her best friend Cassady has started to get cozy with. Molly knows that she'll have to speed it up a bit to learn the truth, and make it out alive, or else she may never reach her deadline.
Don't get me wrong, I adore Molly Forrester, and I love Sheryl J. Anderson's writing, but I found that it was hard for me to get into KILLER DEAL. In the past, I have found myself absorbed in Molly's life, but this time around, I was easily distracted. Anderson managed to craft a clever mystery, full of twists and turns; however, the amount of characters who keep popping up was difficult to keep track of, or even differentiate from one another, and the constant chit chats between Molly and her girlfriends sidetracked my brain at times. I felt as if the mystery took a backseat to too much character development, and the tumultuous relationship between Molly and her boyfriend. It didn't help matters much that Molly's boyfriend, Kyle, is starting to come off as a jerk, what with his constant demands to stop Molly from conducting investigations. In the end, however, Anderson wound things up nicely, and sprang quite a few shocking revelations on readers that will certainly keep them coming back for more. Chick lit meets mystery in this thrilling installment!
Encouraged by her two best friends, attorney Cassady Lynch and events planner Tricia Vincent, who want to see their "sister" writing for the New York Times, Molly investigates the case. Discouraged by her current boyfriend NYPD homicide detective Kyle Edwards, who fears for her safety, Molly still investigates the case. However, as Molly finds several suspects with motives involving a merger of Henderson's firm with another, a killer is willing to murder again with the reporter and her two pals at the top of the list.
KILLER DEAL is a fun lighthearted Manhattan romp that has the readers running along side the heroine who sets a fast-pace as she makes inquiries that lead to endangering her and her friends. Molly once again competes with her unethical ex-boyfriend NYT crime beat writer Peter Mulcahey and her current squeeze Kyle in trying to solve the Henderson murder. Fans of this killer of a series will root for the unsinkable Molly Forrester.