by Courtni Wright

March 2003
ISBN: 1-58314-268-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Arabesque Books
Mass Market Paperback

Someone is killing famous musicians all over the place in the Washington DC and Baltimore area, and Montgomery County police detective Denise Dory has been assigned by her media savvy police chief to figure out who the murderer is. Her lover and fellow officer, Tom Phyfer, is determined that he will help Denise figure it out, while also doing his level best to keep her out of harmís way.

Author Courtni Wright has been lauded for her mystery writing, and in this latest (and last) installment of her Denise and Tom series, she doesnít disappoint. Whoever is killing these famous musicians, who have nothing in common in terms of genre of music, consistently leaves Denise and Tom musical clues that are difficult for them to figure out. And unless the reader is familiar with show tunes and classical music, she will have difficulty figuring this mystery out as well.

Denise and Tomís personal relationship is a charming, if a fairly cutesy, one. The author is comfortable with letting the relationship just ebb and flow between the two main characters without forcing things. I must admit that there was a desire on my part to know more about Tom and have his character be a bit more developed. Deniseís character was only slightly more developed than Tomís and I didnít feel that I really knew either one of them. This may stem from the fact that this book is a part of a series and I havenít had the opportunity to read the first installments.

Secondary characters in the book are just that, secondary. With the exception of the dog Molly and the murderer, the other characters are peripheral, at best. This can easily be explained by the fact that there is a mystery to be solved, so the mystery itself almost becomes a character.

Iím sure Denise and Tom will be missed by those who followed the series.

Reviewed in May 2003 by Lisa.

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