Sunday, May 20, 2012

Death of a Beauty Queen-Mallory Kane

Death of a Beauty Queen

Mallory Kane

Harlequin Intrigue, Jun 5 2012, $5.25

ISBN: 9780373696239

A dozen years ago new NOPD Police Detective Dixon Lloyd worked the harrowing Beauty Queen Murders as his first investigation. He failed to solve the case of what happened to Rosemary Delancey.

Twelve years later, that inquiry still haunts him as Dixon can still picture the bloody scene including the murdered corpse of Rosemary’s fiancé Lyndon Banker. Now, parole violator T-Bo Pereau insists he saw Rosemary. Besides Dixon, hit man Aron Wasabe learns what happened to the only target to escape alive from him. Dixon visits Rose Bohème, who explains she has no memory of who she was before awakening in the home of Cajun Maman Renée. At the same time Aron stalks her so he can get back into the good graces of his employer the Boss.

With a nod to the classic Otto Preminger movie Laura, Death of a Beauty Queen is a superb romantic police procedural. The romance between the Dark Angel and his Rose take a back seat to protecting her as readers anticipate a High Noon confrontation with a unique look at New Orleans as the backdrop. Mallory Kane provides a winning tale because fans will need to know the motive behind the homicides and attempted murder.

Harriet Klausner

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