Wednesday, August 27, 2008

132. Secondhand Smoke by Karen E Olson

About the book

Awakened by a loud commotion, New Haven reporter Annie Seymour wanders outside to discover a favorite Italian eatery engulfed in fire. Even more shocking is the bullet-ridden body found in the debris. Then things get personal. Annie's father, a Vegas casino boss, suddenly arrives in town and the restaurant hires hunky private eye Vinny DeLucia, with whom she has some unfinished business. Now trying to cut through the smoke to uncover the real story, Annie questions her father's connection to the crime. Between the FBI, her would-be hero Vinny, and some raucous animal rights protestors, Annie must peer through the familiar town houses, worn-out sidewalks, and back alleys of her youth to determine a killer's motives-and avoid being burned next...

I loved this book as much as the first. I am so bummed that there are only 2 more books in this series. I love Annie. The third one is sitting here calling my name but it will have to wait a bit. I need to make the series last as long as possible


Literary Feline said...

I am a big fan of this series too. I especially like how the author is approaching each of these books a little differently style wise and at the same time staying true to the characters. I am looking forward to reading Shot Girl when it comes out.

Karen Olson said...

Thanks so much for the great review, and I'm thrilled you're enjoying the series so far.

Wendy is right: I did approach each book with a different style in mind. DEAD OF THE DAY, the third, is much more thriller-like, and SHOT GIRL is more psychological, with Annie as an unreliable narrator. Challenging and a lot of fun!

Heidi said...

Looks like I will have to read Dead of The Day sooner than I was going to. I love thriller like books.

I will be sorry to see the series end. However, I am looking forward to your next series.