Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Dancing in the Dark by Mary Jane Clark

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 339
New-to-me author? Yes
Author's website

Simple Description

I took the following from

In Clark's latest KEY News mystery (after Hide Yourself Away, etc.), correspondent Diane Mayfield heads to the quaint New Jersey beach town of Ocean Grove, not for a much-needed vacation but because even the sunniest of resorts has its newsworthy, hidden darkness. When Leslie Patterson, a young Ocean Grove woman reported missing for three days, is rescued virtually unharmed and claims she was kidnapped, police, friends and family believe her disappearance was a hoax and a cry for attention. Diane's producer Joel Malcolm sees the pseudo-kidnapping as grist for his "Girls Who Cry Wolf" feature and sends Diane to cover it for the network's Dateline-style Hourglass program. But the feature story becomes hard news when a second young woman is kidnapped and found dead. Suddenly, victim number one's story becomes credible, and the police, Diane, and her news crew start to take the investigation seriously as multiple Ocean Grove residents have motive and opportunity to have committed the crimes. Clark's latest competent showing will intrigue her eager fans, if not more discerning mystery readers.

Why did I read this book?

I belong to a book group online and Mary Jane Clark was the author of the month. I have never read anything by her, although several have told me I would like her work. So I decided to buddy read this book with a couple other group members.

What I liked most:

I thought it was a good mystery. I knew who I wanted the bad person to be, but really didn't know who it was until the very end.

Was there something I didn't like?

I'm picky about the format of the books I read. So this is something that bothered me a bit, just to the point where several times I just wished they did it different, but it's probably something that won't bother others. There were a lot of chapters in this book (which I love – I hate really long chapters). What bothered me was that sometimes new chapters were started on the same page that another chapter ended. I prefer new chapters to be on a new page. See, that's it. No biggy, it's not even something about the writing or the book.

Do I recommend the book?

I really do. This was a great mystery book. The story kept me interested and I really liked the aspect with the veteran. The author had a veteran in this book who was having issues after serving in the war. It wasn't the main issue with the book, but a real one. It was something that is of interest to me so it stuck out.

And..I didn't put my own simple description because I'm just in a funk and not up to much. I'm not really reading emails, not reading google reader, etc. you get the idea. I'm not motivated to do much of anything. Hopefully I'll be back into the swing of things soon and the next review will have my own description.

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Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by……Kris


Ladytink_534 said...

I think I have one of her books somewhere but I've never read any of them before.

Kris said...

Ladytink - if her other books are like this one, I think you'll like it. We seem to have similar tasts in mystery authors

BookAddict said...

It was fun reading this with you Kris!