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Library Journal
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Scottish crime series writer and novelist McDermid's (The Retribution; Trick of the Dark) new stand-alone begins with a horrific abduction. Flying to America from London for a holiday, Stephanie Harker watches helplessly as her young charge Jimmy is kidnapped from an airport security checkpoint. The backstory begins when ghostwriter Stephanie takes a job penning an autobiography for Scarlett Higgins, a seemingly self-absorbed reality television star. Stephanie feels their relationship grow from that of a professional writer interviewing a client to one of friendship. But circumstances end in tragedy for the duplicitous Scarlett, leaving Stephanie to unravel the mystery that ensues. Using British colloquialisms and local perspectives, McDermid draws readers into a country where afternoon tea and biscuits may differ from our fare, but her riveting read reaches across cultures. A delightful reference at the end of the book compares American and British phrases. Verdict Nikki French fans will relate to the English setting and psychological aspects. [This title was previewed in editors' picks from BookExpo America, "From Magick to BBQ & Backlist," LJ 7/12.-Ed.]-Susan Carr, Edwardsville P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Scottish crime series writer and novelist McDermid's (The Retribution; Trick of the Dark) new stand-alone begins with a horrific abduction. Flying to America from London for a holiday, Stephanie Harker watches helplessly as her young charge Jimmy is kidnapped from an airport security checkpoint. The backstory begins when ghostwriter Stephanie takes a job penning an autobiography for Scarlett Higgins, a seemingly self-absorbed reality television star. Stephanie feels their relationship grow from that of a professional writer interviewing a client to one of friendship. But circumstances end in tragedy for the duplicitous Scarlett, leaving Stephanie to unravel the mystery that ensues. Using British colloquialisms and local perspectives, McDermid draws readers into a country where afternoon tea and biscuits may differ from our fare, but her riveting read reaches across cultures. A delightful reference at the end of the book compares American and British phrases. Verdict Nikki French fans will relate to the English setting and psychological aspects. [This title was previewed in editors' picks from BookExpo America, "From Magick to BBQ & Backlist," LJ 7/12.-Ed.]-Susan Carr, Edwardsville P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.