|Beth Sherman: Death at High Tide|
Books (Paperback), ISBN: 0-380-73108-8
Anne Hardaway, hired to ghost Mallory's biography, finds the job a trial. Mallory prefers dropping sizzling bombshells to an audience to submitting to Anne's research questions. So Anne interviews Mallory's sister, who lives modestly in a nearby town. From Mallory's sister, Anne learns about the poverty, sexual and physical abuse that Mallory escaped. Mallory's sister wasn't so lucky, and it made her bitter and vindictive.
Already millions in the red because of Mallory's antics, the film's budget suffers further when someone begins vandalizing the company's equipment. Then things really start to heat up. Mallory receives vicious hate mail and disappears, only to resurface as a corpse.
Anne would prefer to catch the next plane to Italy and join her boyfriend, but she's got a book to write and an impossible deadline to meet. And the police believe she wrote herself into the script as the murderer.
But the book lacks a cozy feel. It offers very little in the way of humor, and Anne doesn't like much of anything. I kept wondering why Anne stayed in Oceanside Heights when she disliked it so much. She dislikes most of what the town stands for, dislikes a majority of the residents, dislikes most of her biography subjects. I wanted to like Anne, but her few enthusiasms -- jelly donuts, her banker friend, writing and her boyfriend -- simply didn't give me enough to work with.
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