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Kaleidoscope (2012)

by Gail Bowen(Favorite Author)
3.73 of 5 Votes: 5
0771016891 (ISBN13: 9780771016899)
McClelland & Stewart
A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery
review 1: I read the first few Joanne Kilbourn books years ago, then picked up again with "The Nesting Dolls". I really disliked all the acquaintance coincidences going on in "Kaleidoscope". It seemed everyone, even subplot characters, were interconnected, which seemed entirely implausible. The developer is marrying Joanne's husband's law partner; the developer's adversary is dating Joanne's daughter; the developer's son has a relationship with Joanne's other daughter; the ex-wife of the developer's caregiver used to work for Joanne's husband; the hostess of the shower is the prosecutor Joanne's husband is up against in a court case . . . the list goes on and on. It really, REALLY ruined the book for me. I had a hard time keeping the characters straight, I found the writing pretenti... moreous and am not too eager for the next Joanne Kilbourn installment.
review 2: In Bowen's newest mystery Joanne Kilbourn's growing friendship with a controversial real estate mogul and her lawyer husband's defense of a sleazy slumlord accused of murder are causing friction with family and friends as well as public outcry. When Joanne's home is bombed her life is turned upside down. Was Joanne the target? Her husband? Are there clues buried in the past? Forced into urgent soul-searching--has she drifted away from what is most important over the years?--Joanne trieds to keep her family safe while trying to uncover the face and motive behind the violence. This fine series (Kaleidoscope is #13) makes good use of Canada's political and social landscape and deserves to be far better known in the US than it is. If you're not familiar with Bowen, do yourself a favor, go back to her early titles and follow a very interesting woman through a well-written and thought-provoking series. less
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Not my favourite of her books, but couldn't put it down :)
I LOVE Gail Bowen's books. This one was great as usual.
I won it on Goodreads!
Great as usual.
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