- Taschenbuch: 270 Seiten
- Verlag: Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group (September 2005)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0800730445
- ISBN-13: 978-0800730444
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,6 x 14,2 x 1,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.663.314 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Design on a Crime: Deadly Decor Mystery, Book 1 (Deadly Décor Mysteries) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – September 2005
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Haley Farrell is taking a chance on herself. After receiving her interior design certificate, she quits her job at the local furniture store and decides to open her own interior decorating business. But with all the advantages of her new career-meeting new people, and decorating new and old homes-comes a huge pitfall. Her new job allows her access into her clients' homes and their lives ...but also their deaths. When Haley's mentor, Marge Norwalk, is murdered, Haley becomes the prime suspect. Armed only with the confidence that Marge instilled in her, Haley sets out to find the real murderer. But as she sets forth, she has no idea what twists and turns will bring her face-to-face with her long-hidden past. Book one in the Deadly Decor Mysteries will keep both Ginny Aiken's established readership and new fans coming back for more.
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In this book, Haley Farrell soon turns out to be the main suspect, and the story revolves around her trying to find out who really did it so that she can present the solution to the detective who seems to be so keen to pin it all on her.
As a character, Haley is not the most likeable of young women (at least not to me). She is prickly and blunt to the point of rudeness, and her troubles with something that happened to her four years ago and the consequent loss of her faith take up a little too much room.
Speaking of faith - if you manage to skip the religious bits, you're in for a light read; light, but at the same time keeping you wanting to find out who did it, not so much for Haley's sake but because you want to know how the author is going to explain everything. The solution is not obvious, there are several red herrings, and the constant cropping up of another character wherever Haley goes seems to be too much of a coincidence.
Anyway, the religious aspect in this story is so big that it should have been classified as "Christian Fiction" or something like that; then, I am sure, a lot of those who gave the book bad reviews would never have read it in the first place.
I am not going to give it that bad of a review, because it was entertaining enough for my train rides to and from work, and although the writing itself was far from brilliant, it was better than some I've read in the past. I do wonder, though, whether Ginny Aiken is on a contract with Starbucks coffee - the brand is mentioned every time someone has coffee, or even just thinks about having coffee, as are other unnecessary mentions of brand names for dog food, sweets and other things.
Not a waste of time, but I'm afraid I would have considered it a waste of money, had I paid for it.
Die ganze Geschichte ist toll geschrieben und würde noch besser, wenn die ganzen Versuche den Leser und/oder Haley zum Glauben zu bekehren nicht in diesem Buch vorhanden wären. Der Vater als Prediger/Priester reichte mir. Es musste nicht auch noch die Therapeutin mit Glaubensbekenntnissen anfangen. Wobei mir da Geschichte unrund wurde. Eine Frau, die von Glauben zu tiefst enttäuscht wurde, soll ausgerechnet mit einer ständig von Gott faselnden Therapeutin eine Psychotherapie machen --- nie im Leben!!!
Und noch weniger wird sie von dieser bekehrt.
Ansonsten las sich das recht nett. Etwas vorhersehbar -spätestens als die teure Statue auftauchte, wusste ich wer da, wem, warum, ermordet hatte.
Nur diese übertriebene Beterei, Loberei von Gott hat mich echt Nerven gekostet.
Dieses Buch verdient als Zusatz "übertriebene christliche Religion wird praktiziert und jedem aufgedrückt", ansonsten könnte sich manch einer nicht nur genervt fühlen.
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I thought the title character was interesting. I started reading with some trepidation as I have been disappointed by 'silly heroine' stories in the past. I found Haley to be pretty down to earth, however. True, there were some silly 'blonde' moments, but not what I had feared.
It wasn't until rather late in the book that I started seeing what the outcome would be, which is a pleasant surprise.
There were a few points that I found off putting:
1) The character of Dutch. He is completely annoying. As someone who has been falsely accused himself; I found his insistence of Haley's guilt without giving her any benefit of the doubt and focusing only on how the situation affected him to be moronic. I was disappointed that author did a last minute 'redemption' of the character. Perhaps this works well with the sequels, but honestly I was hoping he would turn out to be the murderer and end up in the slam for the rest of his life.
2) The Christian slant. I don't mind Christian literature at all. It can be powerful and enriching. However, I have never held with the 'just sit around and expect God to take care of everything' thought process. I firmly believe that God takes of those who take care of themselves. I found Haley's father's disapproval of Haley's ongoing quest to clear her name to be irritating. While Haley clearly needed to face her past and reconnect with her faith, I thought her father's behavior was weak and unsupportive.
The same holds with Haley's therapist. While having a therapist who has faith in God is a plus, this character quickly dissolved into preachy and unbelievable. Again, like Haley's father, this character seemed to espouse letting God do all the work rather than encouraging Haley to be an advocate for herself.
I also found the argument for 'choice' where sin is concerned to be overly simplistic. I think many things can contribute to criminal behavior, emotional and mental challenges to be among these. The suggestion that every wrong doing is simply a choice by the perpetrator and had they had 'faith' they wouldn't have commited the crime to be blatantly incorrect.
3) Plot holes. **Spoiler** The turning point in the investigation seemed to be when Haley discovered the sculpture at the home of her longtime family friends. When she takes the sculpture and gives it to the lead investigator and they both realize that what Haley took for aged patina might just be blood from the murder victim, a lightbulb miraculously goes off in the investigator's mind. Suddenly, it's probable that Haley actually didn't commit the crime. To me, this was ridiculous. *Had* Haley been the perpetrator, then she would very likely have the murder weapon. Nobody but Haley knew that the sculpture appeared in the couple's home until after the murder. Her own photographs of the prospective spaces being designed showed no sculpture. She, as much as anybody, had access to the sculpture at the auction.
I just found it strange that the piece of 'evidence' that suddenly seemed to point to her innocence would more likely be a solid clue *against* her.
4) Editing problems. As is the case with many free and reduced downloads, the editing left a lot to be desired. Incorrect spelling and grammar was prevalent in this book.
I am not sorry I downloaded and read this book, but it had more potential than the final product.
When I first came across this book, I thought chic lick. Based on the cover, it looked like a classic light-hearted, humorous, and somewhat silly sort of read. But this woman had it rough! She bravely quit her job to start her own business while living at home with h er now-widowed father. But her hopes at her first big interior decorating job was stopped when one of her best friends was murdered! She is held holding the "smoking gun," and all the evidence, motive, and opportunity points to her! Adding to her already tormenting past of something that happened to her three years before, and she is having a really tough time.
If you are looking for something with lots of laughs, well, this is just not the book. But it was interesting walking with her as she faced accusations, especially from Dutch Merrill, who is quite upset that he didn't get the contracting job of the same house she was supposed to get her job from. There is a hint of a relationship developing, but if it does it will be a long time coming. Dutch never stops antagonizing Haley.
The ending is a bit shocking and abrupt, but sometimes that what it needs to get you reading the next book...
The plot is alright. Nothing stunning, but not quite as predictable as some. The writing itself is not strong - it felt very close to a high school level piece that would have benefited from an editor helping the author develop as a writer. Flipping from past to present tense in the middle of pages, and it happened often through the book, was my biggest annoyance. There could be an updated version from mine, but the formatting had issues, though not nearly so bad as many books I have come across. They were fairly easy to ignore.
The supporting characters were well presented and helped populate the world with an array of people that didn't distract from the main herself. I greatly appreciate clean language through the book. And the main character was very likable and sympathetic.
The coming love interest for our MC was starting to feel like I was being beat over the head. The same goes with the mysterious "what happened 4 years ago." I understand scattering references and details through a story. Constantly referring to the "big scary" of the past with no more details until the last fifteen (or so) pages of the book…. annoying.
I also understand the purpose to the character's personal growth arc, and her life spinning out of control was handled well (and did get me to cry). She was at rock bottom before my rational brain kicked in and I realized what the author had done. However, the resolution again felt like I was getting beat over the head with a mallet. All subtlety and grace… gone.