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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Said the Spider to the Fly by Miss Mae

Said the Spider to the Fly by Miss Mae
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary; Paranormal; Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (173 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Orchid

Mona Murphy returns to Copper Springs to attend her grandfather's memorial service. His passing appeared ordinary enough—the official report stated he'd tripped and fallen down the staircase. Yet Preston Hitchcock, the insurance agent who'd sold a half million-dollar policy to Mona's grandfather days before the old man died, isn't convinced, especially when bloody towels are discovered in the backyard.

And that's only the beginning. Who is the hit-and-run driver who attempts to run Mona down? Why is her old boyfriend more ardent for her affections now than ever before? And why is Mona helpless to guard her heart from the devastating influence of Preston's practiced lady-killer smiles?

Secrets Mona never knew existed in Copper Springs become exposed. But none is so revealing as the one she fights to hide—and the very one that might save her life.

A spooky house, a heightened awareness bordering on ESP and an unhappy childhood. With these three shadows from her past hanging over her, why did Mona Murphy return to the small town of Copper Springs?

After a five year absence, Mona returns to her childhood home when her grandfather dies. Jerome Kincaid raised her after her parents died, but the two never got on. Now she finds the old man has made her the beneficiary of a huge life insurance policy. Preston Hitchcock appears to be an insurance assessor dealing with the payout, but Mona senses he is not telling the whole truth about himself. The discovery that Jerome has been murdered, and the realization someone is trying to kill her, force Mona to use her unusual mental ability to save herself.

At first, this book appeared to be a sweet romance with nothing out of the ordinary to make it special. Not so! I soon found the story pulling me in. Every time I figured out who the murderer was, the story took another turn and I had to think again. Meanwhile I had to figure out if the same person was trying to kill Mona, and was it Preston? And what else is going on beneath the calm surface of life in Copper Springs?

The author keeps the reader intrigued throughout the book. There are many sub-plots all expertly intertwined with the main murder plot. If you like mystery and murder with your romance then this is a book for you.