Every once in a while you run across a book that holds you captive. The cover, the blurb on the back, and most especially the book. This is one of those.
In a way, Mirrored Image reminds me of Alice K Arenz, aka A.K. Arenz. As A.K. Arenz, Alice wrote cozy mysteries--the kind that keep you grinning while you read and enjoy the mystery. As Alice, it's spine-tingling, edge of the seat, keep you guessing until the last chapter writing.
Cassie Chase has a career she loves--a columnist writing light-hearted articles about whimsical happenings around the country. Her editor and friend David thought she wasted her talents, so he threw her into investigating and writing about the murder of a young woman who just happens to look amazingly like Cassie.
Even more amazing--this look-alike victim knew her editor, the publisher of the newspaper, her sister-in-law, her brother, and her editor's secretary. None of them ever mentioned this woman who so amazingly resembled Cassie.
To top that off, her house is robbed--sort of--the same day as the murder. Except instead of taking anything, the intruder sleeps in her bed. Otherwise, the house is cleaner than when she left it. Things get stranger when someone apparently wants to also do harm to her.
Cassie butts heads with a handsome policeman as separately and together they search for clues. Detective Jeff McMichaels would like to work on his own, but he finds he has to take her along to keep her safe.
Did the murderer kill the wrong person? Will she be next? Should you buy the book and find out for yourself?
This book reminds me a lot of the detective mystery tv shows I like to watch, even though it takes place in the 1980s before forensics and DNA came out. A police detective and a newspaper reporter work together to solve the mystery of who murdered the school teacher. In the process, they discover they are attracted to each other and that the reporter is in danger of becoming the next victim. Also, these two uncover a lot of small town secrets, any of which could have led to the murder.
I had never heard of this author so I decided to purchase this book after reading the description. The storyline is a very good idea, but the writing just wasn't there. I found myself going back several times to reread paragraphs. The writing was not awful but also not good. I wsn't glued to the book as I usually am with my favorite authors. She jumps around so much without doing it naturally. I found a few times while she talking to someone she then says something she doesn't want them to hear. I'm thinking why did she say that and then in the next sentence you find out the had left the room. That would have been nice to know sooner. Another time she is in her office with two other people. They are having a heated discusson then all of a sudden she calls for a taxi and leaves her office. How and when did the conversation end and when did they leave her office. I just really could not get into this book.
Like most lovers of mystery stories, I like to guess where the author is going. But from the first few chapters I found myself asking. "Where did Alice come up with all these twists and turns?" She kept me guessing until the very last page.