Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Die, Decorator, Die by Franklin H. Levy

-INTRODUCING BUZZ AND ALLY LEVIN, THE SEXIEST COMEDY-MYSTERY DUO SINCE NICK AND NORA CHARLES. Buzz is a Yuppie Boston lawyer, whose wit is as sharp as his Mont Blanc pen. Ally is his career-savvy interior-designer wife??????intelligent, gorgeous, and quick as a whip. Their worlds collide only once a year when the Boston Designers' Annual Show House competition descends upon them, and Buzz will do all he can to stay out of Ally's way until the barrage of chintz and silk has subsided. This year, though, when the Show House is opened for the designers' preview and two most unpleasant surprises are uncovered: one decorator is discovered murdered and another found comatose from a violent attack.?? When a seemingly innocent suspect is charged with the crimes, Buzz takes on his defense and must solve the mystery to save his client. In the process, he encounters fabric scandals, love triangles, and power struggles of the decorative kind???not to mention a colorful cast of characters and the occasional design tip that will have you reeling with laughter??????and reupholstering, too!

I have to say that I enjoyed reading this book because it is set in my home state. I love that I really understood all the hometown references, that part for me was awesome. But, I didn't love this book. I enjoyed it and will read another if the series continues, but it wasn't a favorite for me. I felt there were parts in the book that had NOTHING to do with the storyline that most definitely could have been cut and I just didn't *feel* the characters. While I enjoyed the book with it's Boston references, I wasn't in love with the story line or the characters. 3/5