The Ice Maiden : A Novel by Edna Buchanan

Pulitzer Prize winning crime reporter Edna Buchanan retired from the world of journalism to write bestselling crime novels about reporter Britt Montero.

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The Ice Maiden : A Novel by Edna Buchanan


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Miami crime reporter Britt Montero, the Cuban American with Latin passion and Yankee perseverance, gets involved with members of the Cold Case task force that's reopened an old case involving the murder of a high school senior and the rape and near-death of his girlfriend, who's now a sculptor with an unusual specialty--ice carving. Unmasking the killers requires Sunny Hartley's cooperation, but even Britt's blandishments can't convince her to help the task force bring her attackers and her boyfriend's murderers to justice. And it doesn't help any that the head of the force, who has her own reasons for pulling her men off the investigation, seems to have something romantic going with homicide cop Kendall MacDonald, Britt's old (but hardly forgotten) lover. As usual, Edna Buchanan delivers a denouement that's full of bittersweet tricks and turns in this latest outing for her popular series heroine. --Jane Adams




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Good diversion but Nothing Special, August 16, 2003 Reviewer: Brandy H. Rankin from Lexington, SC USA I think I should start off and say that I am not a "mystery reader" as such. I don't follow a particular series and this is the only mystery I have read by Edna Buchanan. I found the read to be quick and diverting. However, I found some of her "fringe" characters more intriguing than her main characters. In fact---I wanted to know more about Sunny's parents and what makes them tick. Also Ms. Buchanan never made me care who raped Sunny and killed her boyfriend. I had no problem setting this book aside a while and coming back. Also I couldn't help but see her detective as a watered down version of Cornwall's Kay Scarpetta. And when the "bad guy" is finally found, I found it very unlikely in the sense that it wasn't solved by the police years ago. Short way to put it: Not believable. But the book is worth a read if you want something light and quick. If you want to almost grieve when the book ends----this is not a good choice.

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