When Karen sent her book Dead of the Day to me, I was really excited. Then I had a moment of worry, “What if I don’t like it? What am I going to say?” I mean, I haven’t read her other books. I had no idea what I was getting into. Turns out, I didn’t have to worry. I loved it and I’m not just kissing up to Karen either.
Dead of the Day has everything: murder, car crashes and ….bees? Yes, bees, but we’ll get to that later. Annie Seymour, the protagonist of this series, is a tough as nails reporter for the New Haven Herald. When a body is found floating in the harbour, she rushes to the scene. The peculiar thing is not only does no one know who the Hispanic man is but he shows no signs of injury, except for the bee stings on his body. Annie follows the clues putting the story together, which coincide with the shooting of the new police chief. The puzzle just keeps on getting bigger and bigger. To top it all off, she has sort out her love life. Will it be Vinny or Tom?
Since kookiejar declared that she wants to marry a book and have little baby books with it, I don’t feel weird telling you I have a bit of a girl crush on Annie. Of course, in real life she’d scare the bejebus out of me, but on the page she’s endearing (even though she has a mouth like a trucker). Karen does a great job of making Annie real. I love when characters have funny idiosyncrasies and there is something hilarious about a newspaper reporter who’s too cheap to pay her paperboy. I think that’s what I liked the most, that balance between mystery and humour.
There is a lot of story here. It’s just one thing after another, but it all comes together at the end. The pacing was excellent. I felt like I needed a nap once I was finished. It was well crafted and well done. Although I haven’t read the previous two books, I didn’t feel like I was out to sea. I hope to find those books and look forward to the next one in November 2008.