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Monday, October 11, 2010

Dead Ruby Slippers by Sandra Sookoo

Dead Ruby Slippers by Sandra Sookoo
Published by Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Mystery
Length: Short Story (106 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rated: 5 books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Dancing may be hard…but no one expected it to be murder.
When sexy tap dancer Abigail Carlton, aka Ruby Slippers, is found dead and arranged in an artistic fashion on her coffee table it’s up to Special Agent Quentin Banks to solve her murder.

But nothing is ever as it seems. Not only is Quentin a FBI career man, he doubles as an officer for the Institute of Magical Instruction…and the dancer’s death has super natural energy written all over it.

Quentin must find who murdered Abigail and he only has 24 hours to do it before it’s taken over by his superiors.

Dance is so in right now, Dead Ruby Slippers is killer fashion in the extreme. And really rather literally, since it kicks off with the murder of dear Abigail, aka, Ruby Slippers. There’s something not quite right about her murder though (more so than just your run-of-the-mill murder) and in fact, there’s a good reason FBI agent/magical league enforcer Quentin Banks ends up on the case.

The premise is enough to get anyone interested in this quirky murder-romance. And right off the bat we run into sassy innuendo and humor that makes this a page-turner throughout. The contrasts are hysterical; I adore Banks’ secretary who’s more than a secretary! (Don’t get your boxers in a bunch, baby!)

Then there is Jillian: she is a very unlikely match, since it appears she’s so much on the other side of the law (any kind of law… magical or otherwise) but nothing is cut and dried (except the killing) in the fast paced, funny murder mystery. We can hardly expect any kind of serious romance… but somehow, Ms. Sookoo manages to fit in a whole lot of romance, from the tart to the tantalizing…and we keep so hoping for something a little more serious! I’ll not give the game away…you have to pick up a copy to see how the lead makes out in his quest for love.

That Quentin has too much appeal: stay alert when his nose starts to twitch! I have to give this a 5, and even more, I might re-read it right now.