Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Design on a Crime

The temperature is much cooler today, thank you Lord! But it's been a rough day painwise. The kids have been great helping me out. I complain about them occasionally, but in truth, they are good kids and I'm glad that they're mine.

Design on a Crime by Ginny Aiken is a completely different book than I thought it would be. It's the first book in the Deadly Decor mystery series. Haley is just getting started in her own interior decorating business when her mentor is murdered. When it's revealed that Haley is the woman's heir, Haley becomes the prime suspect and has to figure out who the real murderer is before she's thrown into prison. It sounds like just another light, humorous murder mystery of the type that are glutting the market right now, filled with quirky characters and silly situations, but this book is nothing like that. Haley has faced much darkness in her past and struggled through it. She's just starting to regain her self-confidence when this murder throws her back into fear and depression. This book is about losing faith and finding God, even in the dark places. While there are some quirky characters and the occasional laugh, this book delves into some deep subjects and treats them well. Aiken writing alternates between short, choppy bits and long, almost flowery descriptions. I'm not sure if that is to help with characterization, but it sometimes makes for awkward reading. My one complaint is the marketing of the book. The silly title, pastel cover and blurb on the back make this out to be murder-mystery lite. This book is much better than that, and I'm looking forward to the sequel.

Just for fun, find out what celebrity you look most like at this website. http://www.myheritage.com/FP/Company/tryFaceRecognition.php The whole family has been playing around with it. Apparently I look like Vivien Leigh, Jess looks like Hugh Grant, Molly looks like Reese Witherspoon, Doogie looks like a lot of actresses (unfortunately only one actor, Gary Sinise), and Mia, believe it or not, looks like Amelia Earhart. Lots of laughs on this site. Thanks to Angela Hunt for posting it on her blog!

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