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Book Review: Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau is a coming of age novel taking place in Baltimore, Maryland. During the 1970's, fourteen year old Mary Jane is caught in the middle of her family's conservative ideals and the progressive ideals of the Cone family where she is a summer nanny. Mary Jane is a sheltered teen who enjoys cooking with her mother, listening to Broadway Show Tunes, and singing in the church choir. On the first day of work, she is shocked at the mess in the Cone's home and introduces them to home cooked meals and keeping the house clean. In return, Mary Jane gets a front row seat to sex, drugs, and rock & roll. This novel was the selected for the book club I belong to. Again, this is a novel that I likely wouldn't have chosen to read on my own, but I was glad I did. Mary Jane is the first novel I've read by Jessica Anya Blau, and I was impressed with her storytelling.  Touching on race, class, and stereotypes, along with drugs and infidelity, it reminded

Book Review: Deceit in High Heels (High Heels, #13) by Gemma Halliday and Kelly Rey

Maddie Springer is attending friend Ricky's reading for the Hollywood Psychic television show. Right after the medium drops a bombshell about the death of Ricky's mother, she dies herself before anything else can be revealed. With two mysteries needing to be solved in Deceit in High Heels (High Heels, #13), who can blame Maddie for wanting help solve them for her friends?

Deceit in High Heels (High Heels, #13) by Gemma Halliday and Kelly Rey is the latest book in the famed High Heel Mysteries series, and this book was even better than the last. I don't know how the author keeps churning out such engrossing and entertaining books in this series. Even though this book kept the same formula that the others do in the series, it doesn't seem formulaic or stale. It's extremely entertaining, and I didn't want to put the book down.

I love the dynamic between Maddie and her husband, and I wish he had been in the book even more than he was because he is one of my favorite characters. The bonus was that Maddie's mom and Mrs. Rosenblatt had minimal roles in Deceit in High Heels. I get tired of those characters very easily. I loved the introduction of Jerome. You'll have to read the book to see why. I didn't figure out who the killer or killers where. Although, I did suspect one person towards the end, but if I had paid attention to the clues more closely, I would have figured out who did it much earlier. Gemma Halliday and Kelly Rey did a great job of constantly keeping you guessing. 
 
The plot line of the psychic being killed was quite a believable one to me because you either believe in them or you don't. And, once the killer was revealed and the reasoning behind the killer, it became that much more believable. I don't know why I didn't pick up on some of the clues earlier. It was a total face palm moment for me.

Five out of five stars is what I give Deceit in High Heels by Gemma Halliday and Kelly Rey. I can't wait for the next installment in the series. If you enjoyed this book, I recommend The Book Club Murders (Oakwood Mystery, #1) by Leslie Nagel.


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