Candy Apple Red

Author: Nancy Bush

Publisher: Kensington

Release Date: October 2005

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: PRINT





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Jane Kelly once had a fun job bartending in Southern California, but ended up in Lake Chinook, Oregon after making a poor moving choice thanks to a boyfriend. She ekes out a living as a process,server, but is being encouraged by one of her friends to become a private investigator. An opportunity arises to test her  investigative skills when she is asked to attend charity benefit to try to find out about more about a murder case and disappearance of the prime suspect.

Jane Kelly once had a fun job bartending in Southern California, but  boyfriend. She ekes out a living as a processserver, but is being encouraged by one of her friends to become a private investigator. An opportunity arises to test her investigative skills when she is asked to attend a charity benefit to try to find out about more about a murder case and disappearance of the prime suspect.    

   Bobby Reynolds murdered his family four years ago and then left without a trace. His family and friends were devastated, but all believed he did the horrific crime, except for his best friend, Tim Murphy. Murphy is the one ex-boyfriend for whom Jane still has unresolved feelings. When he comes back to town for the charity event, Jane is torn about whether to follow her heart or her head. Thrown into the mix of intrigue and deceptions, Jane must deal with her brother's surprise engagment, her mother's impending visit and a pug named Binky whom she inherits from an aunt.


   Jane is an appealing heroine who is alternately fearless and vulnerable in both her personal andprivate life. The author brings her to life through vivid dialogue and description. The reader feels right at home in the Oregon setting that Ms. Bush deftly weaves into the narrative. Binky, th pug, provides a great deal of comic relief and is apparently modeled on the author's own beloved pet. 
    
   There is a perfect blend of mystery and romance in
this debut novel with sizzling love scenes and heart pounding action. The author brings closure to the plot, but leaves room for more adventures with Jane in a promising new series. I will certainly be
looking forward to more fun with Jane and Binky in the near future.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Roberta Austin

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