Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Women's Murder Mystery Club

Triple Threat Series:  Heart of Ice by Lisa Wiehl
I have read several other reviews of this book and most of them compare this series to James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series.  That's a mistake....because this series is so much better!

This book (2nd in the series; the first was Hand of Fate)  involves three best friends:  (1) Allison, a prosecuting attorney who is happily married but suffering from a recent miscarriage; (2) Nicole, an FBI agent single mother who just found out she has breast cancer; and (3) Cassidy, a crime reporter.  These three women serve as a kind of every woman--in each of them there is a little bit of every woman I know:  women who struggle with the balancing act of career and love and friendship and health and responsibility.  I can see a little bit of myself in each of these women and seeing their struggles with their own personal devils makes me feel a little bit better, a little bit less lonely.  This book is first about the relationships and then the plot seems to grow from that--just like a book should!  In these times, that almost seems like a lost craft.  Too many books are heavy on plot, special 'effects' and glamour, but light on the part that matters-connecting the reader to the people we are reading about.  There was never any doubt these women were real people and it was easy to lose myself in the story.

On top of everything else (just like real life!), there is also a serial killer in their midst.  Elizabeth is a coldly calculating femme fatale who is able to manipulate everyone around her.  The part of the story told from Elizabeth's point of view is chilling.  To see how she thinks and looks at life is like looking at a dangerous panther through a thin pain of cracked glass.  Sexy, but deadly.  When she stumbles into the midst of the best friends, her days are numbered and unraveling the mystery is pure fun.

In essence, the strength of the story lies in these 3 women who try to overcome their demons, physical and emotional, with their faith while unraveling a murder mystery at the same time. It is so unique-the only book like it that I've ever read. Which just makes me that much more eager to go back for more!

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