Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Elective Procedures-Merry Jones

Elective Procedures
Merry Jones
Oceanview, Jul 15 2014, $26.95
ISBN 9781608091164

Four American friends travel to Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico where one of them Jen plans to have elective surgery.  However, another member of the foursome, Elle fails to save next door Claudia from falling from the posh hotel’s sixth floor balcony to her death.  Police Sergeant Perez suspects Elle may have pushed the victim; while her three amigas (Jen, Becky and Sue) rally around her. 

When the unknown killer slices up another female guest Inez in what looks like a crime of angry passion in that same room, Elle fears more will follow.  As she still struggles with her late husband’s appearances, Elle feels distracted by Dr. Du Bois and an inability to “see” the killer who targets her.

The second Elle Harrison paranormal amateur sleuth (see The Trouble with Charlie) is an enjoyable whodunit as the Mexican vacation proves strenuous and perilous for the heroine and her BFFs.  The fast-paced investigative storyline delivers mostly because Elle deals poorly with identifying and dodging a determined killer, caring bickering friends, suspicious (of her) cops, unwanted visiting ghosts, and an unsure romance.

Harriet Klausner

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