maandag 12 april 2010

Karen Hawkins - Lois Lane tells all

I finished this book yesterday, just in time to give it to my friend.

Karen Hawkins - Lois Lane tells all

Lois Lane tells all

She thinks she’s Lois Lane. . .
Susan Collins wants to be a hard-hitting reporter, but there’s never been much call for her talents in sleepy Glory, North Carolina. But when the Murder Mystery Club—a trio of bored but enterprising octogenarians—decide to open their own CSI lab at the assisted living center, and strange ‘accidents’ begin to happen around town, Susan senses she might have discovered the news story of her dreams.

He doesn’t want to be her Superman. . .

Mark Tremayne has agreed to come back to Glory and to take over as CFO of The Glory Examiner. His job is to keep the newspaper profitable, which means covering the annual Baptist Bake-Off and selling ads for the county fair, not allowing his main and too-sexy-for-her(and his)-own-good reporter to hare off after a wild story that seems to have brought out the worst in one of Glory’s many colorful residents.

But together . . . they’re Kryptonite.

Mark’s and Susan’s viewpoints on how to run a paper are from different planets, but their mutual attraction is in total alignment. Despite their arguments, the indomitable redhead and the hot accountant are a sexual explosion waiting to happen.

And when it does, Glory had better watch out!

After the first book in this series, which was really hilarious, I had very high hopes for this one. But though it was a nice story, it was neither as funny as sexy as the first one, Talk of the Town. So I am a bit disappointed.
Marc has promised his sister Roxy to get the newspaper she bought back in the black figures, but as he knows nothing about the newspaper business, he keeps clashing with Susan, the editor of the newspaper. She does have a degree in journalism, and is a very good reporter. So Susan just has to teach Marc how to run a paper. They are very attracted to each other, but Marc doesn't want to stay in a little town like Glory, he has his own business to run and will go back to Raleigh in a few months. Susan is taking care of her alcoholic father, she does her own home redecorating, she loves to play poker, to fish, just one of the guys. Exept for her secret love of sexy shoes, which she never wears in public ... I think that part could have been fleshed out a bit. But Susan doesn't want to leave Glory, her whole life is there, and she loves working for the paper. She is very much into Superman and Lois Lane. She even sees Marc as a Clark Kent type of man.
Susan dressed up for Marc only one time, and had him totally captivated with her outfit while she made a presentation of her ideas for the future of the paper. So he gave her free run of it, to do as she pleased.

There is the big mystery of the annual baptist church bake sale, and did the profits from last year really disappear? What happened? And is finding the answer to that question enough that Susan gets threatened? Her car brakes get sliced, her boat drilled through.

And what is up with the Murder Mystery Club in the Assisted Living Center? Those three old folks, with Tundy as their new supporter/driver. What on earth are they doing with that CSI kit, getting peoples fingerprints, looking through the trash, digging up all kind of secrets.

So, all in all, a nice book, but not as great as the first one. Still, Karen Hawkins is autobuy and a must read author. I am curious about the next book, perhaps Ethan starring? And of course her historical romances are always great. Time for the next MacLean curse episode.

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