Thursday, December 17, 2009

Double Black-Wendy Clinch

Double Black
Wendy Clinch
Minotaur, Jan 5 2010, $24.99
ISBN: 9780312593261

Although she fantasized skiing all over New England, Stacey Curtis is an engaged graduate student doing what her family and fiancé consider proper. That changes when she catches her once future husband cheating on her. Without a second thought, Stacey leaves Boston, school, and her fiancé to enjoy the slopes of Vermont.

The new ski bum loves her life ay Spruce Peak until she returns to her chalet to find a corpse with a necktie made from a chain saw’s chain. She calls the police with plans of not getting involved beyond answering questions. However, Stacey finds herself investigating though she keeps ridiculing herself for being an inane inept amateur sleuth. However, her inquiry allows her to spend time with sexy ski patroller Chip Walsh, which makes the danger of being the second victim seem insignificant.

The first Ski Diva amateur sleuth is a lighthearted whodunit that fans will enjoy because of the heroine’s demeanor as she is more than just a fluffy snowflake. Mindful of Redford’s Downhill Racer, readers will appreciate skiing the slopes of the Green Mountains with Wendy Clinch as our instructor; as Stacey joins the Vermont world of Archer Mayor’s Joe Gunther; although her inquiry is lot lighter than that of the super cop.

Harriet Klausner