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A Woman with a Mystery [Mass Market Paperback]

B. J. Daniels
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Woman With a Mystery Dec 26 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
B.J. Daniels delivers a Christmas Intrigue in "A Woman With a Mystery," an entertaining, though flawed, romantic suspense. A year ago a mystery woman walked into Slade Rawlins's life, became his lover, then disappeared. Now she's back. Except Holly Barrows doesn't seem to remember him. She wants to hire him to find out what happened to her baby, a baby Slade knows must be his. The doctors claim the baby is dead. Holly says it was kidnapped by "monsters." Can Slade believe her and find his child?
"A Woman With a Mystery" is a compelling pageturner, though Daniels regular readers may find it far too similar to her other books. It's interesting that out of the 12 Intrigues she's written, 8 (8!) of them have involved a secret child or baby being passed off as someone else's as part of the plot. That's two thirds of them. It's not surprising that this book starts to feel old from the start. I had the entire story figured out far too early, mainly because the author has taken me down this same road too many times before. I have the feeling she could have come up with this story in her sleep. Like most of her books, it's overly convoluted and stretches credibility in ways that makes it hard to believe several plot points. That isn't to say it isn't well written. Daniels's prose is typically engaging and fast-paced. Despite the predictability of the plot, I was never bored or anxious to put it down. I was never completely engaged either.
Part of this has to do with another element of the book. Daniels makes it hard to completely empathize with her heroine because so little of the book is told from her perspective. The book is 250 pages long, and no more than twenty-five of those are in the heroine's point of view.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Times Review March 17 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
At first P.I. Slade Rawlins cant understand why his ex-lover is pretending theyve never met. After discovering her ensuing amnesia, he deals with her insistence that someone stole her babywhich is his baby as well. Set to the task, he discovers a link between what happened to Holly and the most important case of his lifewho killed his mother! Although the storyline is confusing at times, well-written characters and strong interplay make B.J. Daniels A WOMAN OF MYSTERY (3) an absorbing read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Woman With a Mystery Dec 26 2001
By Penny Griffin, Intrigue Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
B.J. Daniels delivers a Christmas Intrigue in "A Woman With a Mystery," an entertaining, though flawed, romantic suspense. A year ago a mystery woman walked into Slade Rawlins's life, became his lover, then disappeared. Now she's back. Except Holly Barrows doesn't seem to remember him. She wants to hire him to find out what happened to her baby, a baby Slade knows must be his. The doctors claim the baby is dead. Holly says it was kidnapped by "monsters." Can Slade believe her and find his child?

"A Woman With a Mystery" is a compelling pageturner, though Daniels regular readers may find it far too similar to her other books. It's interesting that out of the 12 Intrigues she's written, 8 (8!) of them have involved a secret child or baby being passed off as someone else's as part of the plot. That's two thirds of them. It's not surprising that this book starts to feel old from the start. I had the entire story figured out far too early, mainly because the author has taken me down this same road too many times before. I have the feeling she could have come up with this story in her sleep. Like most of her books, it's overly convoluted and stretches credibility in ways that makes it hard to believe several plot points. That isn't to say it isn't well written. Daniels's prose is typically engaging and fast-paced. Despite the predictability of the plot, I was never bored or anxious to put it down. I was never completely engaged either.

Part of this has to do with another element of the book. Daniels makes it hard to completely empathize with her heroine because so little of the book is told from her perspective. The book is 250 pages long, and no more than twenty-five of those are in the heroine's point of view. This makes it really hard to get into her head and know what she's feeling. She never really came to life for me. The book is hero-driven and we do get to know Slade and his motivations very well. Readers who enjoy good heroes might like this one. But Holly is mainly a victim who gets shuffled from one event to the next, and the lack of insight into her head only makes her seem more passive.

"A Woman With a Mystery" is a pleasant way to spend a few hours. I suspect though the author's talent would be better served with a more original storyline. Something without a secret parentage? Her upcoming entry in the Trueblood Texas series doesn't sound promising. Hopefully her upcoming gothic in the Moriah's Landing series will be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SHE HAD NO MEMORY AND NO PAST - COULD THEY HAVE A FUTURE Oct. 23 2008
By M. Hartmann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
No memory - mind control - spooky passages - lost child - nothing is as it seems.

Slade Rawlins wants to find out who murdered his mother. This is his driving passion. His twin sister, Shelley may know more about their mother's murder than she thinks. It could get her killed.

Holly Barrows is afraid that she is losing her mind. Was her baby really still-born? Or had the "monsters" stolen her child? How did she find Slade a second time? Or was she sent to him?

Holly had married Dr. Allan Wellington, a famed doctor of his infertility clinic. His sister, Inez, means to keep his legacy alive. He dies of an apparent heart attack. Questionable!

Police Chief L. T. Curtis wants Slade to leave the finding of Marcella's murder to him. Her murder has gone unsolved for 20 years - until her son stumbled across one of her letters.
Dr. Fred Delaney got himself killed because he knew too much. He had been the Rawlins' family doctor for years.

The nurse, Lorraine Vogel knew where all the bodies were buried. Her son, Roy confessed to the murder and he was expendable.

Jerry Dunn the pharmacist, was doing only what his father had done before him. Silly man.

These are some of the characters that have made this story work - the mystery of the lost baby and the 20 year old murder kept one's interest in finding out who was who.
Slade had his own fears to contend with and also trying to find a way to wake Holly up to their passion. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will keep this one.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - drafty tunnels and all.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine tale Oct. 5 2013
By Ardyth Elms - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
's. Daniels has done another fine job of telling a wonderful and exciting tale. As usual I will continue reading her books.
5.0 out of 5 stars an easy read July 25 2013
By B. Ewalt - Published on Amazon.com
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all of b j daniels books are easy to read and very interesting. I would recommend her books to anybody who likes romance and mystery stories.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Woman With A Mystery another B J Daniels best March 27 2013
By Carolyn Hoskins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
You are hooked to spend the night reading once you start the book> It was great. I love all her books
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