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Four moon gifStarlight Writer Publications (Ebook),
ISBN 1-929034-53-9
Luci Seymour's her name; non-sequiturs, her game. An emerald-eyed beauty from Butte Had, Wy., Luci's legs inspire lust attacks that leave the strongest of men breathless and hurting. Why then would anyone want to kill her, especially an elderly couple? But with AK-47s in hand and stolen car to carry them to the scene of their crime, geriatric hit-persons planned a drive-by shooting that would remove Luci from the land of the living. They shoot up the pig (don't ask), the cement tunnel and Mickey Ross' car, but they don't get Luci or Mickey, the police detective who met her at the New Orleans airport planning to deliver her to her aunts. 

Did I tell you the aunts (all three Seymours and unmarried) give new meaning the word "dotty?" And what about the corpse in the freezer? Mickey describes it as "shot, hosed, and froze." He doesn't say the same of the corpse buried under the magnolia tree. But Luci, the aunts and the dead men give him a terrible headache. It doesn't improve when the elderly couple steal another car, buy an Uzi and do another drive by, destroying a store but missing both Luci and Mickey -- "inept" describes them well. 

And then there's the bomb in the Nash, the dead woman wandering around and the shoeboxes filled with one-dollar bills in the attic. Don't forget the approaching wedding, Luci's hunt for her father and Dante's involvement. 

If you ever read Pauline Jones' work, I don't need to say anything more than she's raised the bar once again. Beyond good, excellent, and all the rest of my store of superlatives, I started recommending Do Wah Diddy… Die before I read more than ten pages. After reading it, I know you'll be counting the days until they make a movie out of it. 

Patricia White

Patricia White is the Sapphire Award-winning author of A Wizard Scorned. Her current book, the contemporary PS, I've Taken a Lover, is available from Lionhearted Books . The Wandering Troll, an electronic magazine, began serializing her novel Prophecy Be Damned in April 2000.

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