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by V. L. McDermid
HarperCollins, March 2005
336 pages
ISBN: 0007191782

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Penny Varnavides is the author and creator of a popular series called THE DARKLINERS, which are geared towards young adults. Her books have sold millions of copies domestically and overseas and everyone is always looking forward to the next book in the series. Now that she is successful Penny is ready to try something else.

For the last several years she has been working on her first adult novel hoping to diversify her reading base. Also, against the wishes of her publisher and her lover, Penny wants the world to know that she is a lesbian. Unfortunately she never gets the opportunity to see it through after she is found dead on her kitchen floor in what appears to be a freak accident.

The police are not convinced and during the course of the investigation they discover that Penny has actually been murdered. What makes this even more interesting is that the same murder scenario appears in her as-yet unpublished grown-up work.

The police believe Penny's lover is responsible and proceed to arrest her. Meredith Miller then contacts her friend, former reporter Lindsay Gordon, to help prove her innocence. Lindsay has had some experience as an amateur sleuth finding things the police would often miss and reluctantly agrees to go help her friend.

During the course of the book Lindsay gets a wake-up call inside the world of book publishing where the competition is so fierce that people will do whatever it takes to succeed, even if it means murder.

BOOKED FOR MURDER is a reprint in the amateur sleuth series featuring former newspaperwoman Lindsay Gordon. The novel is light-hearted with traces of humor that makes the work highly enjoyable. In this book, Lindsay's circle of friends are heavily involved in the story bringing in a sense of camaraderie that is highly contagious towards the reader.

It is a great novel that focuses mostly on fun even though there is a murder attached to it. Suffice it to say, everything manages to get resolved in a satisfactory manner. Forget the crime and enjoy the time. Reading this book is worth every minute taken.

Reviewed by Angel L. Soto, July 2005

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