by Kim Green

November 2003
ISBN: 0-385-33717-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback

Website editor Jen Brenner has just been passed over for a promotion that she expected. And if that’s not enough, everywhere she goes in San Francisco she’s constantly running into her gorgeous ex-boyfriend who still turns her into mush. When one of her friends introduces her to Bernie Zweben, the editor-in-chief of the Meredith Gazette in Montana gives Jen his business card and offers her a job as a reporter on his staff. At first Jen finds the idea pretty funny, but with encouragement from her girlfriends, she decides that is might be time to take an extended leave of absence and try something else–in Montana.

Jen lands in Meredith and barely gets settled before Bernie assigns her to an local environmental story. Eager to make a good impression, Jen starts interviewing everyone who could possibly be associated with the pollution of the river, trying to prove the source of the recent fishkills. She immediately attracts the attention of a local environmentalist who introduces her to just about everyone in town, including one sexy older man in jeans and snakeskin boots by the name of Bruce Mortensen. Bruce is an agent with the Environmental Protection Agency whose path collides with Jen in her investigation and every time they meet, Jens' body starts humming. Why is she so tuned in to this dishy fed with a soon-to-be ex-wife? And then there’s his daughter who’s jealous of Jen right away.

Bruce has enough problems of his own, with a wife who wants out and a daughter he doesn’t want to lose. And the company suspected of causing the pollution belongs to his father-in-law. The only redeeming part of the whole investigation is Jen Brenner and things heat up between them pretty quickly. When Bruce’s daughter goes missing and a ransom note delivered, he’s got more on his mind than Jen.

There are many elements to Is There A Moose In Your Pocket? with assorted complications. Remember the ex-boyfriend from San Francisco? Well, he’s not out of the picture yet. Several relationships flourish in the background, both among Jen’s San Francisco friends and the inhabitants of Meredith, Montana. Ms. Green’s use of emails at the beginning of each chapter keep us abreast of other things going on in Jen’s life while she follows the pollution story to its conclusion. This is more that just another chick lit novel; there’s a serious issue at stake with serious people who care about it, including Jen who has a brain and uses it well. Is That A Moose In Your Pocket? is Kim Green’s debut novel proving that she is definitely an author to keep your eye on in the future.

Reviewed in October 2003 by Vivian.

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