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Bet Your Bottom Dollar: A Bottom Dollar Girls Novel
Bet Your Bottom Dollar: A Bottom Dollar Girls Novel
by Karin Gillespie
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars fine deep gaze into small town southern living, June 30 2004
The Super Saver Dollar chain store plans to open up their latest retail establishment in Cayboo Creek, South Carolina where they will compete with the local business, the Bottom Dollar Emporium. The owner Mavis is stunned by the news that the fastest growing retailer in the southeast is moving into her neighborhood. Most locals figure that the Bottom Dollar Emporium will soon be history. However, Mavis and her employees Elizabeth and Attalee plan to put up quite a fight.
Though the business is of major concern, the women have other problems to deal with too. Elizabeth can't stand her father's new wife and her former boyfriend ended their relationship with a note on a Hardee's bag placed under her windshield wiper. Of course Timothy Hollingsworth might be worth a look even if he is a southern Buddhist. Ancient Attalee has some physical problems that keep her up at night. Finally, even with a romance in the air, Elizabeth considers fleeing to her widowed sister in South Dakota, but not before this Davidette goes up against Goliath.
Though limited in action, BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR is an engaging insightful look at the battle between mega superstore chains and mom and pop operations that are changing the landscape. The story line is fun to follow as readers observe the three Bottom Dollar Emporium females struggle with the outside challenges, men, and other ills that make them seem so genuine. Karin Gillepsie furbishes a delightful glimpse into what seems increasingly more like the dinosaur with this fine deep gaze into small town southern living.
Harriet Klausner

Babyface
Babyface
by Fiona Gibson
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars fine chick lit motherhood tale, June 30 2004
This review is from: Babyface (Paperback)
In London reporter Nina met Jonathan through a lonely-hearts advertisement. They seemed to get on quite nicely together, but neither expected Nina to become pregnant. Still the pair goes ahead with having the child they name Ben.
However, Nina finds motherhood boring with no awards though she is proud of her baby's accomplishments. She wants to go back to reporting or just an occasional escape from her little Ben sentence that she is serving. Her opportunity arises when her fashion editor asks to use Ben as a model for a photo shoot. As Ben's career explodes and he becomes a baby star, Nina realizes she should clue Jonathan in with what she has done, but there never seems to be the right time to do so.
BABYFACE is a fine look at motherhood starring an individual who loves and wants the best for her infant, but also misses the action and glamour of her journalistic work as she only remembers the good times at the job. Nina hides Ben's profession too long because there is a basic trust issue here plus the don't tell stretches too long. Yet fans will forgive her indiscretion because she represents many new mothers who want their cake and eat it too (why else have the cake in the first place - for the clueless Jonathans to eat it?). Fiona Gibson furbishes a fine chick lit motherhood tale (that is going around a lot lately).
Harriet Klausner

Crossing The Line
Crossing The Line
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4.0 out of 5 stars sweet chick lit motherhood tale stars a maturing likable nut, June 30 2004
This review is from: Crossing The Line (Hardcover)
Jane Taylor knows it is time to tell the truth to her family, friends, and co-workers, who believe she is nine months pregnant (see THE THIN PINK LINE). The infant she has been carrying is actually a bundle of rags. However, it could only happen to Jane to find an abandoned baby just before her pronouncement. The real infant she insists is hers although Emma, as she names the child, happens to be black while Jane is white.
Her boyfriend, Scotland Yard CID Donald Tolkien is the first to know the truth and handles it reasonably well as if he expected nothing less from zany Jane. He also informs Jane she must notify Social Services about Emma. At a New Year's Day Emma hosted, she breaks the news to all that she faked the pregnancy, but has a child anyway.
The hard thing remains the same problem that detracts from the first book which is a woman shamming a pregnancy. The story line is fun to follow as Jane explains to everyone what she did, but also shows maturity as she tries her best to do the right thing for Emma as well as gain custody of the newborn. Readers will especially like the accepting ethical Donald who will assist Jane as long as it is legal and in his opinion the right thing for Emma. This sweet chick lit motherhood tale stars a maturing likable nutcase (that is going around a lot lately).
Harriet Klausner

Tales Of A Drama Queen
Tales Of A Drama Queen
by Lee Nichols
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars good time for chick lit fans, June 30 2004
This review is from: Tales Of A Drama Queen (Paperback)
After her boy friend of six years Louis Ferris ended their engagement once he left the hospital and healed from her latest overzealousness, Elle Medina decides to leave the DC area so she can start over. As she does with everything, the vivacious Elle does not just move an hour away to say Baltimore, but instead crosses the country to Santa Barbara.
In Southern California, Elle seeks employment, but has no idea what she is qualified to perform having no employment history so as she has done all her life Elle dives in head first to test the waters. Of course, her requirement in a job is to allow her to move off the couch of her friend Maya and away from Perfect brad, Maya's boyfriend. She finds no trouble getting work, but keeping a job proves difficult, as things seem to happen when Elle is around. The only thing more complex then staying employed is the men in her life who seem more like sharks, even the underage one, but who will she choose.
Elle seems like a modern day Louisa Costello. Readers will laugh at her slapstick employment history (Mr. Bush will be pleased he does not have to count her as unemployed) and her wacky love life will bring much amusement to readers. Though the plot lacks a serious center, Elle makes for quite a good time for chick lit fans as her zaniness take Santa Barbara by storm.
Harriet Klausner

Trophy Hunt
Trophy Hunt
by C Box
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars clever cerebral crime caper contrasted to nature's beauty, June 30 2004
This review is from: Trophy Hunt (Hardcover)
In Saddlestring, Wyoming, game warden Joe Pickett and his two daughters are fishing when they see dead fish floating in the water. As they walk the river, he finds a man who is taking the fish for sport and throwing them back in the water. While Joe lectures him about the ethics of what he is doing he smells something rancid. The angler points him in the direction of a dead moose. When he goes to investigate, he finds that the moose was mutilated with surgical precision; his organs removed as if someone took them for a trophy.
Not long after that a call comes in that some cows were killed, just like the moose with no signs of predator or clues to who or what did it. People in Saddlestring are very nervous and property values plummet even though there is an economic boom going on thanks to new technology that allows natural gas to be taken easier out of the ground. When two men are found in the same condition as the cattle and the moose, a task force is formed but Joe goes his own way to find out what is turning his town upside down.
Award winning author C.J. Box has a natural gift for describing the beauty of nature contrasting it to the depravities of man. This is a very cleverly constructed mystery, with many different sub-plots tying back to the main storyline. A touch of mysticism and the supernatural enhance the battle between good and evil and it is judiciously applied so readers will have no trouble believing in it. TROPHY HUNT is must reading for cerebral mystery fans.
Harriet Klausner

Walking Money
Walking Money
by James Born
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reborning of It�s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, June 30 2004
This review is from: Walking Money (Hardcover)
Florida state police brass felt fellow officer Bill Tasker killed a cop, but wanted to avoid the messy scandal of an inquiry. Thus, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement transferred him from the West Palm Beach Field Office to the Miami Regional Center. Bill would have welcomed the investigation because he knows he did not kill the cop, but goes along with the bureaucracy because he does not trust the political hacks who run the department. Four years later, he still watches his step.
Former convict Cole Hodges embezzled one and half million dollars of money donated to Miami's Committee for Community Relief. Tasker investigates the shortfall. However, FBI Agent Tom Dooley decides to take the loot. To insure that he gets away with the crime and knowing he has the perfect pasty, he stuffs cash in Tasker's outdoor grill; Tasker is investigated and pulled off the embezzlement case. Police officer Rick Bema concludes that Dooley stole the money and set up Tasker to take the fall. Instead of turning in his findings, Bema makes a bid for a piece of the action.
WALKING MONEY is a wild Florida police procedural filled with cops coming down with gold fever while the only police officer who stays pristine becomes the prime suspect. Fans will think of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World with everyone double crossing and chasing one another in pursuit of the embezzled funds. The bad cops make the tale a fun police procedural, but the tainted divorced Bill, father of a ten year old, keeps the tale focused so that the audience will appreciate a zany cynical ride.
Harriet Klausner

My Long Tall Texas Heartthrob
My Long Tall Texas Heartthrob
by Geralyn Dawson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars terrific fairy tale romance, June 30 2004
Twelve years ago, Tess Anderson took the bus to Los Angeles and found employment as a receptionist at Harrison & Associates. Through hard work and skills, she has become a highly regarded talent manager. Tess loves her job and her lifestyle.
Tess' sister Chloe calls with her latest emergency, which is usually not much more than a hangnail. However, this time Chloe is over eight months pregnant, cannot travel, and the father, Snake the motorcycle mechanic, is gone. Chloe pleads with Tess to help her. Though upset that her sibling never mentioned her pregnancy, Tess drops everything to catch the first available flight to Cedar Dell, Texas.
Nostalgic buff and philanthropic dream maker, Nick Sutherland is in Cedar Dell on a renovation project. When Tess yells at him for evicting her sister from that dump of a trailer, he envisions Ginger Rogers. However, he snaps out of his reverie saying Chloe and the babies need a better place to live. Tess agrees, but Chloe prefers to wait there for Snake to return. As Tess and Nick begin dancing to a loving tune, Chloe has twins, but irresponsibly leaves them with Tess while she searches for Snake.
When Astaire and Rogers (make that Nick and Tess) are the center of the ball the story line is a terrific fairy tale romance. However, the twists that the vain Chloe causes are inane and though add tension to the relationship between the lead couple, these antics serve as an unnecessary diversion. "Fred and Ginger" have enough on their plate to make a fabulous romance without Chloe's worthless spins. Still the lead duet makes this a dance worth attending.
Harriet Klausner

The Price of Pleasure
The Price of Pleasure
by Kresley Cole
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable Victorian romance, June 30 2004
In 1850, a storm wrecks the ship Serendipity. Young Victoria Dearbourne, her mom and her pragmatic companion Miss Cammy Scott survive the disaster having been shipwrecked on an Oceania deserted island. Not long afterward, Victoria's mom dies from her injuries.
Eight years later, Victoria's grandfather hired Captain Grant Sutherland to learn if any of his relatives survived and if so to bring them home. Nine searches have failed, but on the tenth Grant and crew locate Victoria and a somewhat befuddled Cammy. They bring the marooned pair back to England in triumph. However, after living free in the wild, Victoria struggles to return to the corset lifestyle of Victorian England although falling in love with her heroic rescuer makes it easier to readapt.
PRICE OF PLEASURE is an enjoyable Victorian romance due to the antics of the lead female protagonist who is the personification of "How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm? (After They've Seen Paree)" though her big city was a island wilderness. The story line is fun to follow due to Victoria's struggle to adapt to polite society. Cammy is an intriguing sidekick and Grant and his main crewmember are solid protagonists. Still this is Victoria's tale, as she must make life choices.
Harriet Klausner

By a Spider's Thread
By a Spider's Thread
by Laura Lippman
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating thriller, June 30 2004
This review is from: By a Spider's Thread (Hardcover)
Baltimore private detective Tess Monaghan is overjoyed when she lands a wealthy client for her fledging business that is usually in need of survival funds. Mark Rubin, a modern orthodox Jew, wants Tess to find his wife and three children who disappeared without a word or a trace. Their disappearance comes as a shock to the grieving man who believes he had the perfect marriage and his wife Natalie had everything a woman could want.
Natalie never loved Mark; she waited for Zeke to get out of prison so they could be together. He was the one who arranged her marriage to Mark and he had a plan that would make them rich after he got out of jail. Natalie is not the innocent her husband thinks she is and she will go to extraordinary lengths to get what she wants. The more Tess learns about her the more she realizes that Natalie, knowingly or unwilling, has put her husband in danger from Zeke. She has a tough time convincing Mark that his angel in reality is a devil in disguise.
Laura Lippman always delivers a fascinating thriller but BY A SPIDER'S THREAD is her best Tess Monaghan work to date. The protagonist is a tough independent woman who is kindhearted even if she is afraid to make a commitment to the man she loves. Getting to know Zeke and Natalie, two people who look so good on the outside yet so ugly inside is a fascinating experience in a creepy sort of way. Tess does for Baltimore what Spenser does for Boston.
Harriet Klausner

Red Tide
Red Tide
by G. M. Ford
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars exciting wild antiterrorist tale, June 30 2004
This review is from: Red Tide (Hardcover)
In Seattle, Frank Corso comes out of his reclusive writing lifestyle only for his former lover Meg Dougherty. She invited and he attended her photography exhibition that is so successful an Arts Commission member looking at the red dots symbolizing sold called it the measles. However, at the height of Meg's triumph, the police arrive to evacuate the building due to a toxic chemical spill.
Unable to ignore the journalistic tendencies that seem to make up much of his brain matter, Frank sneaks his way onto the investigation. He quickly learns of a terrorist strike using an Ebola strand that has killed several people inside a bus tunnel. The timing of these killers is impeccable as the city is about to host a symposium on chemical and biological weapons. However, the law uncovers Frank's hazmat suit masquerade making him the prime suspect and turning the case personal.
The fourth Corso tale is an exciting typically havoc that readers expect from the disgraced former reporter who can never resist the lure of an inquiry. The story line moves forward at an incredible pace as Corso, dodging the cops, believes that a greater statement is coming in which more than a busload of innocent passengers are killed. Fans of the series or anyone who appreciate a wild antiterrorist tale will want to ride alongside Corso, one of the better brooding champions.
Harriet Klausner

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