Margaret Van Der Wolf
Mystery and Detective, Cozy
4.0 stars out of 5.0 Dec. 3, 2015
Point of Attraction was a great surprise for me. Not being a fervent reader of cozy romantic stories, I was pleased to find an actual thriller plot that could have stood on it's own without the cozy angle. The two genres came together with feeling, high levels of emotion and action to culminate in an engrossing read.
Georgie Gainsworth is the main character. She owns a beauty solon where she also provides hair cuts to men. Her primary hobby is writing novels.
Mason Montgomery is a policeman and aspiring writer who signs up for a writing class.
You can surely imagine where their point of contact begins and where this is going.
Georgie is a widow. She clings to the memory of the perfect husband and her deceased mother. Before her death, the mother made a Raggedy Ann doll for Georgie so she would always remember that her mother was spiritually there for her.
But then the doll is suddenly stolen, Georgie is almost the victim of a hit and run, and the mystery grows and darkens the farther the plot develops.
The cast of charming but chaotic characters are described and developed with precision and feeling. Some of her friends are over the top kooks, but they love Georgie and would protect her with their lives.
The writing style is crisp and descriptive and flows smoothly throughout.
I recommend this book for all who read the mixed genre.
That's the good part, but the book is not without fault in other respects.
That old bugaboo, editing, reared its ugly head and detracted from the overall fine writing. There are missing words, extra words, misspelled words, and misused words. They are not in abundance considering the length of the novel, but they are there and they are noticeable. I suspect this is self edited because silly little errors slipped through: using past for passed, he's for his.
Point of Attraction still deserves a high rating because the plot, the characters, and the writing are strong.
The book is rated 4 stars and I recommend it.
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