This was definitely a piece of fiction. While Author Flo Anthony had some interesting twists and turns in her debut novel, it was so underdeveloped and unrealistic that it was an extremely difficult and frustrating read. In the novel, Valerie and Rome are hired to solve a murder mystery for a wealthy client. Valerie is supposed to be financially secure, but throughout the novel it seemed Author Anthony kept eluding that she needed money, which was confusing to me.
I did enjoy the not knowing aspect. When I thought, I figured out the murderer, Author Anthony gave you just a tidbit to throw you off track. But, plots and/or thoughts were left unfinished. At times, there was just too much going on. I had questions, but before they were answered, the storyline changed. One of the characters, Mr. Dumas, is extremely wealthy, and he had no problem in displaying that; however, it was unrealistic to give a large sum of money ($5,000) for insignificant and minute pieces of information.
The discrepancies and inconsistencies were so frequent that it was hard to focus on the crime investigations. Who removes a body from a crime scene without an investigation? Every time, the characters went somewhere names of celebrities were listed. Although Valerie is a celebrity gossip columnist, the interaction with these celebrities sometimes did not provide any additional information, and their presence just seemed to be filler information for me. I found myself asking – what did that have to do with the novel? Also, every time a meal was prepared or shared, the entire menu was listed. This became annoying to me as a reader. On a few occasions, there was information presented when it was not previously introduced to the reader, and I had to re-read passages because it did not make sense.
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