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Posted December 9, 2008
terrific police procedural
Five years have passed since the Florida West Coast town of Pelican Bay has had a homicide until now. Police detective Maggie Skerritt investigates who murdered the twenty-two years old obese Edith Wainwright in her home while her boss wants her to fail because he hates female cops. --- Clues at the crime scene lead to Karen Englewood, a counselor at the Pelican Bay Weight Management Clinic as it appears the victim died from cyanide laced chocolate apparently given as a reward by Karen. Maggie interviews Karen who insists she refuses to use Skinner¿s conditional behavior to help her clients lose weight they must do it themselves with her assisting them. She also says that Edith was upbeat this is confirmed by a co-worker. When a second victim Sophie Morelli dies from cyanide poisoning, the evidence again points towards her weight counselor Karen. Still nothing adds up as her retired former partner in Tampa and current lover Bill Malcolm tries to quietly help Maggie resolve what seems like a closed case in which a deranged weight counselor is killing her clients. --- PELICAN BAY is a terrific police procedural with a touch of a romantic subplot that stars forty-eight years old dedicated cop trying to look at a bewildering case from different perspectives because the obvious culprit seems innocent in at least her mind. The story line is action-packed as Maggie works the clues that a serial killer leaves behind to either paint Karen as a crazed murderer or she is. Though the killer¿s motives take a strange twist that seems unnecessary, fans will appreciate this fine tale and look forward to the next appearance of Maggie once she finishes her sailing vacation with Bill. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 19, 2005
As a rash of mysterious deaths shake the habitual peace of Pelican Bay, police detective, Maggie Skerritt is determined to find out who is ending lives that were just beginning to come together. There is no apparent motive of gain in more than one of them, but they all do share a link. All of them were involved in the same diet program. As Maggie delves deeper, the case turns sicker and more sinister. If she's not careful, Maggie will never get a chance to get her own life on track. ....................... ** If you buy this book looking for romance, you're doomed to disappointment. It's very light on that aspect. However, this is a mystery with all the intricacy of a Columbo mystery, though the killer is not revealed until the end. **Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 21, 2005
Maggie is a character you'll love
Maggie Skerritt is my kind of heroine, smart, funny and independent. Maggie's ongoing relationship with Bill is delicious. After watching Maggie in action, I can't wait to find out what happens next in her family and her love life. Charlotte Douglas has crafted wonderful characters in Pelican Bay and Maggie's dry wit is not to be missed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.