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Newcomer Sumners doesn’t develop either her characters or plot enough to generate the interest it might. As the proposed series moves along, the unusual relationship between the cop and the priest might intrigue—or offend.
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Posted April 11, 2012
I had high hopes for this first book in a series but I won't be reading the second. I found the characters actually unlikable and have no interest in finding out if an unhappily married cop and a rich Episcopal minister can find love & happiness. The mystery story itself wasn't bad but it was predictable - I knew from the first chapter (due to the careful wording by the author) who was the victim and who was the murderer - and that has a tendency to ruin the next 200 pages or so.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 14, 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not only does it have an interesting plot, it also has two of the most interesting, likable characters I've "met" in a book in quite awhile. I'm looking forward to reading the author's other books. Thank you Bantam Books for publishing a good read at a very good price.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Though Harton, New Jersey Chief of Police Tom Holder is married, he has a crush on Episcopalian minister Kathryn Koerney and wishes he had a case that he could involve her in so they could spend some innocent time together. He gets his wish when George Kimbrough reports his wife Grace missing. Ten-year-old Tita Robinson saw the Kimbrough¿s neighbor Bill Stanley put a woman body into his car. Since Tom has no children of his own, he asks Kathryn to help him question her. <P>Tita comes across as a very credible witness and on the strength of her testimony, Tom is able to obtain a search warrant to look inside Stanley¿s home. The police find enough evidence to arrest Bill but there are still some very questions that need answering. Carolyn Stanley has gone missing in San Francisco and it is Kathryn who tracks her down. Kathryn brings Carolyn back to Harton where she and Tom begin to put together all the pieces of the puzzle. <P>This debut crime thriller of Christina Sumners has plenty of action but very little actual violence in the story line. Tom and Kathryn make a very good team, each of them having qualities that allow them to finally solve one of the most convoluted cases to happen in New Jersey in a long time. CROOKED HEART will appeal to fans of police procedurals and cosies. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.