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Book Title: Twanged|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 865 KB
v The author of the book: Carol Higgins Clark
Date of issue: April 1st 1999
ISBN 13: 9780446605366
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Read full description of the books Twanged:Twanged is the fourth in the Regan Reilly series and though it has improved slightly it's still not the best I've read. It was a passably entertaining mystery but it still suffers from the same pitfalls of it's predecessors - too many unnecessary POVs, mistakes on Regan's part that you don't expect from an experienced P.I. and of course the fact that Regan seems to be constantly on vacation (which isn't so much a pitfall as it is a slight annoyance for me personally). In this particular mystery we find Regan (on vacation, again) playing bodyguard to an up-and-coming singer with a blessed/cursed fiddle, mix in an obsessed fan with a craving for eggs, a wealthy actor/singer wannabe coveting the fiddle, and a whole slew of kooky characters and malicious mischief and you have Twanged.
There were just too many POV's some of which had really nothing to do with furthering the plot of the story or revealing anything relevant. Regan's mistakes are the type of mistakes you'd expect from someone who isn't experienced - like leaving the charge she's supposed to be guarding. Don't get me wrong she does some investigating but honestly the real big clues are often simply handed to her without much effort on her part. I would like to see her actually working at her place/state of business instead of all these cases that she has while on "vacation" often with her parents and her best friend, Kit. It's not that I'm not happy to see them, I just wonder why on earth she's taking so many vacations (and so many of them with her parents) I guess it just makes her seem more juvenile to me (like she's a high school/college student or something). Four books into the series and I just haven't really bonded with her - we don't spend enough time with her and honestly I wonder sometimes if she's just incredibly lucky.
What really knocked this one down for me was the ending. It's a fairly evenly paced book until the end where everything starts happening in a rush. Especially the confrontations. One paragraph is the extent of one confrontation - blink and you'll miss it. Seriously. And that confrontation is so fast you're head will be spinning trying to fill in the gaps. Not to mention the lack of realism, I mean seriously? Brigid was being suffocated (and she presumably stopped breathing) then went on to perform in the concert in a matter of minutes (hour or two at the most) of this happening (Lets not forget just prior to the suffocation attempt she was almost kidnapped and had her head smacked against a steering wheel)? Pushing even the boundaries of my ability to suspend disbelief.
Oh and there's the other baddies. There are a whole host of them, some mildly amusing and annoying, one rather pitiful and two that were more "able" criminals and one that was clearly manipulative and psychotic and really bad. I figured out who had it out for Brigid about halfway through - it was the only person that made sense because they had reason and opportunity. Three were revealed early on because they had their own perspective's included - two of these three are the kind you expect to end up on some kind of stupidest criminals show. The other two, I didn't know about - I figured something was off about the two of them but didn't know what, but it wasn't surprising what they were up too. What was surprising was how quick they gave up on their plot - this confrontation was also extremely rushed.
But I wasn't hating on the whole story. I liked Louisa Washburn, Brad and Chad from the radio station and uh…Tootsie (the dog). Brad and Chad had more personality in them then I've seen in Regan. Regan is still a skeleton to me - we have the basic structure down but we don't know of any of the flesh or scars ( the things that make her interesting - characteristics, likes/dislikes, etc). I don't mind slowly getting to know a character in a series but this is really slow. However, Regan did show some better investigative skills, and common sense than in previous books (though there were some times…). Their were definitely some quirky characters, some more interesting than others and the setting was well done. Most of the book was also well paced (until we came to the end).
It was an okay, relatively pleasant and easy read but nothing outstanding. 2.5 stars.
Read information about the authorCarol Higgins Clark (1956– ) is an American mystery author. She is also the daughter of author Mary Higgins Clark , with whom she has co-authored novels, and the former sister-in-law of author Mary Jane Clark.
Born in New York City, Clark received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 1978 and then studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. She is the author of the Regan Reilly mystery series. She has also acted in several films.
Clark's New York apartment building, The Belaire, was hit by a small plane flown by New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle on October 11, 2006. Her 38th floor condominium was just a floor below the main impact zone. She was not injured in the accident.
Carol Higgins Clark has appeared on the game show, To Tell The Truth.
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