Flowers for Emily
T.L. Vance
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East meets West across time and tradition as three young American women and their Indian immigrant mothers take first steps toward true sisterhood, shattering secrets and sharing joy and tears in T.L. Vance's
Flowers for Emily

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Flowers for Emily
T.L. Vance
136 pages
September 2007
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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T.L. Vance's Flowers for Emily hits the ground running and maintains a steady pace throughout. In the first chapter, we meet Dr. Veronica Donavan as she uses kickboxing to blow off some steam. While she is at the gym, she also meets a man and the sparks fly. Could things get anymore interesting?

On loan from Scotland Yard, Roni is a criminal pathologist who has come to the U.S. hot on the trail of a suspected serial killer. The killer's M.O. is to kidnap teenage girls and murder them. He then leaves their body with the flower from the month of their birth. It would seem, however, that the killer has left London and taken up his activity in Denver, Colorado. Roni, who has a personal stake in the case, follows him and begins co-operating with the FBI. While there, she manages to blend in effortlessly and they work as one big happy family. There is a hitch, though, since Roni isn't sharing all the information that she has about the case - or about herself.

This is a fun murder-mystery with a steamy romance thrown in for good measure. It manages to keep up the reader's interest to the finish line; however, a couple of areas require your willingness to suspend disbelief since things seem a little too convenient. Overall, though, I found this to be a fun break from heavier reading and will look for more books by this author.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Amy Rowlison, 2008

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