Deadly Valentine

Deadly Valentine

Book - 1990
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Mystery bookstore owner Annie Laurance didn't really want to go to her neighbor's Valentine Day masked ball -- particularly not after the voluptuous brunette made a pass at Annie's husband, Max. So when her dizzy mother-in-law, Laurel, made a surprise visit to Broward's Rock Island, Annie thought it would be a perfect excuse to skip the party. She should have known better: True to form, Laurel accepted the invitation for all three of them. But the biggest surprise of all came at the party's end, when Annie found the amorous hostess in the gazebo--murdered.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1990
ISBN: 9780385265188
0385265182
9780553288476
0553288474
Characteristics: 183 p

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LoveAGoodRead
Feb 12, 2014

I chose Deadly Valentine for it's holiday theme, but just couldn't seem to fall in love with it. I have read many of Carolyn Hart's books and this was my least favorite. The Good: I liked the plot well enough to keep reading. The cast of characters were varied and interesting while the mother-in-law was just quirky enough to keep things lively. The ending was a welcome surprise. The Bad: Although Annie owns a mystery book store, I found the constant references to mystery titles, authors, and characters from said books to be overly used to the point I began skimming past much of it. The references were meaningless and tiring unless you had read the particular book or understood the reference and seemed to add no value to the story.

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