Callie and the Dealer and a Dog Named Jake

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Mills proves a mite thin on local color. Most of her Outer Banks descriptions are slim and generic, the sort of stuff that could have been culled from Chamber of Commerce Web sites. The author, however, is a professional restaurant manager, and when the scene moves into Callie's kitchen, the novel comes alive, with vivid sketches of the assorted eccentrics drawn to the food service trade.

Mills is still a relative beginner as a stylist, but her pacing is brisk. While the narrative unravels a bit early in the third act, she skillfully scatters red herrings along the beach - and, agreeably, Callie proves not to be a boringly perfect detective. She takes wrong turns and has to change course often. Death of a Mermaid will not be mistaken for great literature, but it's agreeable recreation - rather like a Nancy Drew mystery for grown-up girls.

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'Mermaid' a mystery that stays light, brisk

Lists with This Book. Great sense of place - the Outer Banks of North Carolina - and great sense of danger with a hurricane roaring down on the hotel where a murderer stalks his victims.

The present story was intricate and tight, but I felt that insertions of back story were often abrupt and needed more development. Jun 06, Carmen rated it did not like it. This was an easy read and a good mystery story. Keeps you guessing till the end.

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Aug 09, Michelle rated it liked it. THis was a great first novel. I loved that it took place in OBX and the mystery upon mystery was great. I will pick up her future books. Sherry Meador rated it liked it Feb 20, Jennifer Fleming rated it it was amazing Aug 25, Billie Johnson rated it really liked it Nov 02, Judy Bennett rated it it was ok Dec 31, Jeana Lomprez rated it it was amazing Sep 23, Brian rated it really liked it Apr 20, In a House of Lies Ian Rankin.

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