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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Mortal Coil by Julie Eberhart Painter

Mortal Coil by Julie Eberhart Painter
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (237 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Review by: Poinsettia

When two residents in Ellen Lange’s nursing home are murdered, Special Investigator Bill Watts is called to the scene. With the murders linked to others, known as the Ponytail crimes, it’s only a matter of time before the killer strikes again.

Bill is a Southerner; Ellen was raised in the Midwest. While Bill takes to Ellen’s daughter, Patti, Ellen resists, claiming that she and her daughter are a team with no room for the once divorced Bill. Despite her efforts to remain aloof, Ellen finds herself falling in love with more than the South as the investigation progresses.

Someone is killing the residents in Ellen Lange’s nursing home. With the help of handsome detective Bill Watts, Ellen must find her way out of a tangled web of mystery more complex then she could ever have imagined.

Ellen Lange is one of the best administrators that Kingsley Home has ever had. After two of the residents are murdered, Ellen fears not only for the safety of her residents, but also for her job. Raising her daughter, Patti, on her own hasn’t been easy, and losing her job would be more then Ellen could bear.

Detective Bill Watts is sent to investigate the murders which he believes were committed by the serial killer dubbed the Ponytail Perp. Ellen and Bill are attracted to each other right from the start, but Ellen resists his advances. Being a single mother, she must think of her daughter first. During the course of the investigation, Ellen and Bill are brought together consistently, and it isn’t long before Ellen is forced to acknowledge her feelings for Bill.

I thought Ellen Lange was a great heroine. She’s a smart, no-nonsense woman who excels at whatever she puts her mind too. Underneath her tough exterior, she’s also a warm and loving person who’ll do anything for those she cares about. As a hero, Bill Watts is the perfect southern gentlemen. Not only is he patient and persistent when it comes to winning Ellen’s heart, but he also genuinely cares for Ellen’s daughter, Patti.

Mortal Coil has many touching romantic scenes, but I must mention one that I particularly enjoyed. Ellen is mopping her kitchen floor when she is joined by Bill who teaches her a “new” way to mop. I couldn’t help but smile as I watched the romance unfold between Ellen and Bill while they scrubbed the floor. I won’t spoil the scene by revealing any further details, but I know that anyone reading Mortal Coil will be smiling too.

I heartily recommend Mortal Coil to anyone looking for a tender romance laced with mystery and suspense.