|Miriam Lee: Deadly Probe|
Christine, a former journalism major, jumps at an offer to work undercover for the investigative reporting section of Caltelco, the television communications company she's toiled at for eight long years. Before you can say Barbara Walters, Christine finds herself ensconced in a luxury condo and working undercover at a large insurance agency. To her horror, Christine discovers the previous secretary, Elaine Reeder, not only purportedly committed suicide but went to Caltelco with a story about shady transactions.
Enter handsome and quick-tempered Michael Reeder. Is he really the dead secretary's brother? Did Elaine really commit suicide? Or was she -- gasp -- murdered? What did Elaine know about her employers that could've gotten her killed? More importantly, will Christine get to keep the condo if she survives her assignment?
Fans of romantic mysteries will find Deadly Probe a bit of a bore. More romance than mystery, and a bland romance at that, Deadly Probe's heroine and hero never generate enough heat or the murder mystery enough excitement to raise this read above mildly entertaining. Still, if you're stuck at home on a rainy afternoon and don't have any Elizabeth Peters or Sharon McCrumb handy, it'll do.
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The Author Responds:
I would never have friends or family write in for me and found Tammy's accusation unkind. Unlike most authors, I keep in touch with my fans through email and snail mail. They wrote in because they believe in my book, and I have signed releases for reader's comments about my books being fascinating and challenging. It's okay for an opposite opinion -- but opinions can vary greatly. However, several did not find my book boring, proven by the fact that Amazon.com just asked us to send them some more because they ran out. Additionally, I have been asked to share a mystery author's booth at L. A. Times Festival of Books, and the Times also asked me to give a couple of speeches on mystery writing in the upcoming Spring in 2000.
I would like to end this "opinion war" here, and just say that if Tammy had ever spent hundreds of nights while working full-time writing a book, she might have been kinder than to call someone's heartfelt love, "a total waste of time." For every Tammy, I can counter with 20 happy readers who are passionate about my book and anxiously awaiting my next one due in April 2000.
All I can say is the author must have a lot of friends willing to rebut any view that disagrees with the fact that this book was a total waste of money. I would suggest for a great romantic mystery that readers should go and buy Barbara Micheals or Elizabeth Peters or any one of a hundred excellent writers who know how to combine romance and mystery. Unfortunately Mirriam Lee is not one of them. Tell your relatives to give it up -- REAL fans of romantic mysteries won't buy this flat, boring book.
Miriam Lee's book, Deadly Probe, brings back the days of cleverly-written mystery/romance; too few romance writers ever try to create and hide a realistic villain behind so many twists. I'm all set to purchase and enjoy the next Miriam Lee title.
Edie De Avila
I was very surprised when your reviewer called my book "a bit of a bore" since my readers are telling me they have trouble putting it down. Most say they read it in two sittings. A Los Angeles Times staff writer read my book and called me for an interview that ended up on the front page of the Southern California Living Section of the Los Angeles Times. (See full article posted at ). Also a local news anchorwoman told her producer to book me for her half-hour show where she raved about my book. This was broadcast to the entire county.
My readers write me and ask when the next book is coming out... pretty good for a "boring" book. This line is 90 percent mystery and 10 percent romance. I proudly boast there are "no brawny pecs or heaving bosoms" to distinguish my work from the formula romance. These are challenging mysteries with intelligent romance, offering surprises and red herrings as the story unfolds gradually.
I thank you for taking the time to review it anyway, and sorry your reviewer was bored. Next time, maybe I'll get Siskel instead of Ebert.
I was so surprised
to read your review of Deadly Probe! Boring would be the last word I would
use to describe it. It was definitely more mystery than romance and both
parts were challenging and intelligent. I look forward to more from Miriam
I disagree with your review of Miriam Lee's book, Deadly Probe. I found it gripping. I kept going back to it every chance I got until I had read it all in just a few days. We need more books like Miriam's, that challenge the intellect and yet entertain.
Teri, your review on Deadly Probe threw me for a loop. I quit reading for years. I could always guess the ending after a few chapters. But Deadly Probe changed all that. A very good and gripping book. I finished in one sitting. Believe me, my time is very valuable to me. But I think maybe you just were too tired when you picked this one up. Deadly Probe has restored my faith in reading mystery/romance books. Just a hint of romance and a lot of mystery. I must say I loved it!!!!!!!!
Thanks for letting me get my opinion in.
It is few and far between that I take the time to sit down and do what I call "casual" reading. My primary focus is computer books, magazines and anything of a technical nature.
I read Deadly Probe and thoroughly enjoyed it. There were enough twists and turns to keep me turning the pages. It wasn't too complicated with sub-plot after sub-plot to get confusing. Miriam Lee writes in a straightfoward, entertaining way, and I am looking foward to more of her books.
Sharon D. Brimer
I don't understand your point of view, because I thought the book was very interesting. It kept my interest and I couldn't figure out who did it.
I didn't find this book boring at all, as I had trouble putting the book down. Being a man, I am more interested in the mystery part, which I enjoyed very much. If wanted heavy romance I would have gone to Harlequin or something like that.
That wacky Virgil character threw me for a loop and I certainly wouldn't mind meeting a girl like Christine Evans. There was just enough romance for me.
I hope another Miriam Lee book comes out soon, because I sure would buy one.