Publication Date: October 1, 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: Publisher via TLC Book Tours for an honest review
This comic mystery set in the elite zip codes of Manhattan will leave you breathless . . . literally
What could be more fun for a freelance copy editor than work- ing on a juicy tell-all about one of Manhattan’s most enigmatic society doyennes? But when Miranda “Rannie” Bookman arrives at Ret Sullivan’s tony Upper East Side apartment, she finds more than the final draft of the reclusive author’s manuscript waiting for her—there’s also the half-naked body of Ret herself, tied to her bed and strangled with an Hermès scarf.
Was this merely a case, as the police believe, of rough sex that got a little too rough? Or was Ret murdered because someone wanted to make absolutely sure she didn’t meet her deadline? Once again, Rannie must prove that her mind is just as sharp as her Col-Erase blue pencils—or risk getting rubbed out too.
Almost True Confessions by Jane O'Connor was such a pleasant surprise. I am not sure exactly what I was expecting, but this was just such a fun, fast-paced read! I was first intrigued by the main character, Rannie, a former Simon & Schuster copy editor who, due to an unfortunate mistake, is now a freelance copy editor trying to make ends meet while living in Manhattan and raising her one child still at home. The premise is appealing and funny.
Probably the thing I liked the most about the book was Rannie herself. She is funny, smart and obsessed with words. Who isn't, right? She loves word puzzles of every kind, is constantly correcting other people's grammar and she can't stop trying to figure things out - even when these things put her life in danger.
The cast of characters is great and includes Rannie's ex-husband's mother and her fun and let's say, "interesting" freinds, an ex-cop boyfriend, an art restorer, an heiress, among others. The other characters add color and help with the plot, but Rannie carries the story. She just can't let things go when she knows things just don't add up.
I enjoyed Almost True Confessions so much. I loved following along as Rannie worked through the many contradictory clues, ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, solved crosswords and a couple of crimes as well. I mean what self-respecting book worm isn't interested in a book about a copy editor who can solve actual crimes? While this is the second book involving Rannie Bookman, it stands on its own quite well and I will be reading the first book involving Rannie as soon as I can get my hands on it. I will definitely be recommending this one!
About Jane O’ConnorJane O’Connor, an editor at a major New York publishing house, has written more than thirty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling Fancy Nancy books. She is also the author of the adult mystery, Dangerous Admissions.
Jane’s Tour StopsTuesday, October 1st: guiltless reading
Wednesday, October 2nd: 5 Minutes For Books
Thursday, October 3rd: A Book Geek
Monday, October 7th: As I turn the pages
Tuesday, October 8th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Wednesday, October 9th: Bibliotica
Thursday, October 10th: Ageless Pages Reviews
Monday, October 14th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Tuesday, October 15th: Literally Jen
Wednesday, October 16th: Good Girl Gone Redneck
Friday, October 18th: Not in Jersey
"I mean what self-respecting book worm isn't interested in a book about a copy editor who can solve actual crimes?" EXACTLY!ReplyDelete
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