Have you read any of Kate Allen's books yet? You haven't? I envy you. You have yet to have the amazing pleasure of immersing yourself in her words, plot and characters for the first time. Now, do yourself a favor and get her work!
Why? Because of all the authors I have read in my life this is one who can make me laugh, make me angry, make me horny and make me think all in the space of a single page. It isn't a roller-coaster or other wilde ride. It is more like spending one of the best weekends you have ever had in your most favorite place on earth.
I'm not a mystery reader by habit, but I'll do without lunch for a week at work in order to get my hands on another Kate Allen book.
This is her first work, and as such has a few rough edges to her words that I've seen smooth out over the course of her four books (the fourth I am reading now). While some might feel cheated by other authors who write "series" works, don't assume these are like that at all. Each one stands on its own two feet and tells its own tale, not depending upon you to have read the books in order, or to ever read the other books.
Ms. Allen's characters are like the best friends we all wish we could claim in our lives. Not all totally wonderful people, but they are well drawn out, living, thinking women with a depth you seldom see in first person tales. Their faults and foibles are the imperfections woven into authentic persian rugs. There to be seen because they are the work of human hands.
Tired of "mystery" writers who cheat the reader's attempts at deduction by witholding evidence? Not Kate Allen. Nor do you feel that her protagonist, Allison Kane, is a dolt for not getting who the killer is on page 30. The tale is told in a natural progression that has you on the edge of your seat in more ways than one.
Sexy, funny, witty, wry, insightful and exciting, Kate Allen has become one of my favorite authors, no matter the genre