Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Flipping Out!

The book, not my state of mind. Here's the synopsis:
Nora Bannister is a bestselling mystery novelist who buys run-down houses in LA. While her business partners turn the house into a showpiece, Nora makes it the scene of a grisly murder in her House To Die For series. As soon as the new book goes on sale, so does the house — and the bidding frenzy begins. It seems a lot of people are willing to pay a lot of money to live in a real house where a fictional character has died a violent death.
Just before Nora’s latest book hits the market, one of her house-flipping partners is murdered. LAPD Detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs are assigned the case, but this one is a hot potato – the dead woman is also the wife of one of their fellow cops. As Mike and Terry dig into the victim’s private life, more bodies turn up . . .
Is someone stalking the house flippers or is the murderer after cops’ wives? Either way, Mike and Terry have to track down the killer before he murders his next logical target — Marilyn Biggs, Terry’s wife.
If you haven't read any of the Lomax and Biggs novels, please start with Rabbit Factory. (Really, how many times do I have to recommend this book?!) It's the beginning of the story and starts you off with the characters at good points in their lives. Flipping Out is the third Lomax and Biggs novel. And it is awesome! The mystery is very tightly written - it twists and turns in lots of unpredictable directions. And the characters are as lovable and witty as ever. Mike Lomax is the hero with the heart of gold, again the heart and soul of the book. And Terry Biggs is the sidekick, providing comedy relief in some much-needed places. They make a great team and make this book a treat to read. It concludes with a very satisfying, surprising ending. All around, a great read. I give it 5 stars.
Now, wouldn't you like a chance to win an autographed copy of that fine novel? Send a question for the author, Marshall Karp, to, and remember - the more questions you send, the more prizes you can win!


Fiona Picklebottom said...

OK, I have another question for Marshall Karp, but THIS TIME I know to email it. :)

Fiona Picklebottom said...

Also, the ass-kissing question? All in jest. ;) (which I hope is obvious)

Shelly said...

Fi - I am taking you up on the devil chicks bribe! Can't find them anywhere around here!