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DANGEROUS TO KNOW
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Historical
It is hard not to like Alexander’s smart and forward-thinking heroine (and her friends), and for the most part this is an engaging, pleasant read. The narrative feels a little uneven, however, padded with returning characters that neither relate to the main story nor pose any real threat to the continued happiness of newlyweds Emily and Colin. The mystery itself has an overabundance of red herrings, leading to a somewhat unsatisfactory resolution — although it’s quite creepy (in a good way) and suspenseful.
While visiting her new mother-in-law in Normandy, Lady Emily stumbles upon the gruesome body of a dead girl. It’s soon determined that the girl comes from a wealthy family, and had been in a mental institution. As Emily investigates further, she starts hearing the mournful cries of a little girl, believes that she sees the girl, or at least flashes of a blue hair ribbon, but can never find the girl herself. How can she match wits with a killer when she questions her own sanity? (MINOTAUR, Nov., 320 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed By: Michelle Wiener
Published: November 2010