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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Corpse For Cozumel: An Adie Sturm Mystery by Anastasia Amor

A Corpse For Cozumel: An Adie Sturm Mystery by Anastasia Amor
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Length: Full
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Sultry days and steamy nights—Cozumel. It was a simple enough plan but when murder and men are tossed into the mix, Adie Sturm’s life gets scrambled. Her missing friend is murder suspect “numero uno” but Adie knows different. When she starts digging, she finds that the dots connect straight to multi-millionaire Diego Alvarez.

In her investigation, Adie becomes the murderer’s target. Enlisting an ex-boyfriend’s help, Adie’s emotions somersault. Wolf Du Lac is a man like chocolate—creamy-rich and sinfully delicious. She doesn’t mind having his expertise in the bedroom, but follows her own instincts when it comes to the innocence of drop-dead sexy Diego. What she’s not prepared for is the intricate web of seduction he spins, just for her.

Adie is swept away into a dangerous cycle of events that spiral out of control before she confronts the murderer and chooses the man that captures her heart.

The first person lends a sense of immediacy – and tension, to Amor’s A Corpse for Cozumel. This contemporary mystery/romance leaps into the fray from the first. Amor’s well-known lead, Adie Storm, jets off to what she fondly imagines will be a Caribbean vacation – but the relaxing part is the part she misses. Her best buddy is accused of two murders, and her whole focus needs to be on Marg’s needs.

Adie does find a certain completely stunning man: Wolf Dulac. Dulac would go a long way toward making up for the lack of vacation, unfortunately, it seems just possible that he’s tied to the murders… and if he isn’t, what exactly is his motivation? And of course there’s Diego, vintage tequila, and the locals’ dedication to chocolate. Between the chocolate and the smooth lines, honestly, Diego threatens to outshine everybody.

Adie’s self-doubt, combined with her concern for her friend make her easy to sympathize with and believe. Throughout the story, her character deals with sundry issues, large and small, and always seems very believable. Specific other characters shine, as well.

There are some places where the plot is overly contrived, occasionally bogging down in details that seem almost irrelevant. However, this is a very readable tale, with tons of the unexpected. It’s a bit out of the usual as a mystery – and not your usual, HEA romance, either. There are sure some of the best elements of both though – and a big measure of suspense to boot.