PLUTO RISING Paperback – Apr 1 2000
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From Library Journal
Ottawa psychologist Katy Klein runs her own astrology business, casting natal charts and such while raising a 14-year-old daughter. When a raspy-voiced stranger suffering from recurrent nightmares turns up for his appointment, she finds him to be creepy and uncommunitive. After the weirdo (not expectedly) kidnaps her daughter , Kay and a psychiatrist friend struggle to get at the root of the stranger's problem and one of her hown as well-but not before murder is committed. A thoroughly enjoyable first effort in a series from a new talent.
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Top Customer Reviews
I went home, turned on the kettle, and started to read "Pluto Rising."
First off, the notion of an Astrologer as the main character in a mystery novel intruigues. Done as well as Irving did, the astrologer leaps out of the page with sarcastic aplomb, and leaves you laughing. The wit in this book is wonderful, and quite surprising for a first novel.
Second, the plot itself was a keeper. Katy, our intrepid ex-psychologiest and now struggling astrologer, has a brief meeting with a man who wants his chart done, a man who seems quite scared and fragile. The same man then shows up dead.
Unable to stop herself, Katy Klein begins to Nancy Drew her way around the case, and let me tell you, her motivations are quite clear and her emotional responses are very human. Irving has a real flair for this character.
I've since read "Jupiter's Daughter," the second novel in the Katy Klein series, and this is a series I will definately follow. Both books are a strong read with a good mysery and - most importantly - a strong character base. Pick them up today, you won't be let down.
In PLUTO RISING, while working hard to make ends meet for herself and her teenaged daughter, Katy is confronted by a mysterious and threatening new client. She has no inkling this appointment will unleash a series of events that will bring her face to face with a vicious killer. Not only must she uncover the secrets of Adam's long-forgotten childhood, but she is forced to confront her own worst memories, as well.
One of the book's strengths is Katy's strong, yet vulnerable personality. Add in a warm and fuzzy cast of friends and family, and Ms. Irving's wonderfully entertaining narrative voice, and it all adds up to a winning new mystery series!
I loved this first mystery novel. Karen Irving is a long-awaited fresh, new voice in the mystery field.
Katy Klein's entire life takes a dramatic turn after a strange man named Adam shows up on her doorstep and begs her to tell him about himself. Intrigued despite herself, Katy delves deeper into this man's past, only to become entangled in a waking nightmare from which there seems no waking. When her daughter becomes involved, Katy has no choice but to enter Adam's world, discovering the darkness within.
Using a mix of astrological charts, psychology and plain curiosity, Irving draws us in from the very first page and keeps us reading until it's over. A fantastic debut mystery with a great amateur sleuth and well-developed characters! Don't miss this one!
Most recent customer reviews
Katy Klein is a witty and opinionated psychologist turned professional astrologer who also struggles to make ends meet for herself and her teenage daughter. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2001 by Midwest Book Review
This a real page turner! It keeps you on the edge of your chair all the way through. You will hold your breath when the villain is identified and you will marvel at the very... Read morePublished on March 8 2000 by Reuben Brasloff
I really enjoyed this book, and found it so intriguing that I had no choice but to read it in one sitting. The sometimes intense storyline is balanced by warmly drawn characters. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2000