Hex on the Ex

Hex on the Ex

Paperback - 2013
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From the author of Bruja Brouhaha and Who Do, Voodoo?-- the new Mind for Murder Mystery!

When her ex-husband encounters a mysterious death omen, psychologist Liz Cooper turns to occult professor Nick Garfield for help in solving an all-too-real murder...

At a Dodgers game to celebrate her father's birthday, Liz is forced to watch her ex--star player, Jarret--on the pitcher's mound. To make matters worse, her former best friend, Laycee, is in the stands as well. Having betrayed her trust by having an affair with Jarret, Laycee is the last person Liz wants to see.

But when the appearance of a white pigeon--an omen of death--sets the superstitious Jarret off balance, it's a game changer both on and off the field. Because the next morning, Laycee is found dead in Jarret's home--and Liz is on deck as the prime suspect...

Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2013
Edition: Berkley Prime Crime mass-market ed
ISBN: 9780425252017
0425252019
Branch Call Number: STAAB R
Characteristics: v, 293 p. 18 cm

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BB1017 May 23, 2013

Well, this is a book. It has a beginning, a middle, an ending you can see a mile away, and a title that will make you sigh, "Really?" I'm not really sure what else to say about this book. The author makes sure that we know that the occult has a major role in this book by mentioning it every other page, but in the end, the occult really had nothing to do with the murder at all, so I'm not really sure why the author chose to include occult references. Well, maybe so she could use that ridiculous title? In any case, I can't say I liked the book. The main character, Liz, can't get her priorities straight. She divorced her husband four years ago, yet she still has dinner with him every so often and still calls him and things like that. Four years later. If I had divorced my husband four -years- ago, I wouldn't even remember his middle name anymore, much less the code that opens his garage door so I could retrieve boxes full of my stuff that apparently had been sitting in storage in his house for four years. Anyway, after Laycee's murder in Jarret's house, Jarret is quick to pin the blame on Liz, for no reason other than he wanted to get the spotlight taken off of himself, and yet Liz isn't even annoyed at him for this. She continues to have dinner with him and talk to him and call him like, as though nothing is wrong. Eventually, Liz solves the murder (yes, folks, this is yet another novel in which the main non-police character solves the murder and the police are useless) and everything goes back to normal. I'm giving this novel three stars. I took away one star for predictability, and another star for including elements in the novel and making them seem oh-so-important and not having them be important at all. Basically, for adding things that don't need to be there and wasting my time explaining them.

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