See Isabelle Run
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See Isabelle Run

Elizabeth Bloom
304 pages
March 2006
rated 3 of 5 possible stars
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Since being dumped at the altar, Isabelle Leonard has been trying to find a direction for her life. She decides to go for broke and seek a job with Becky Belden, America's foremost multimedia homemaking guru - a cross between Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey. Isabelle gets a job in special projects working for Lisa, one of Becky's whiny and demanding friends. Any job is preferable to starvation. It's not too taxing and Lisa isn't the brightest bulb, but Isabelle appreciates the income. She even makes friends with Trevor, a fellow employee.

Then some disturbing things start to come to light. Isabelle notices that quite a few of Becky's employees have either disappeared or died recently. All of the deaths appear to be accidental--one person was pushed in front of a subway, another died of meningitis, and yet another had a fatal allergic reaction. It's suspicious, but Isabelle can't get anyone to take her fears seriously. When Isabelle foils an attempt on her life, can she get to the bottom of what's going on before the killer succeeds?

As mysteries go, See Isabelle Run is entertaining and a fast-paced read. It's not incredibly deep or difficult to figure out; mystery buffs will have it solved quickly. Isabelle is a sympathetic character. Her boldness to stand up for herself in the face of peril, poverty, and pity endears her to the reader. Her bravery persists even when she becomes involved with one of her superiors at work and later begins to suspect him of wrongdoing.

There are a few parts in See Isabelle Run that serve to "dumb down" the story. Isabelle aspires to be an author. She spends all of her spare time trying to write a book, but keeps changing genres and writing stereotypical stories, thinking she will make a living doing this. That part of the book seemed cheesy and could pull the reader away from the main mystery. Other than these rabbit trails, See Isabelle Run is an engaging mystery that doesn't require a lot of complex thought. For pure entertainment, it's a decent and fun use of time.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Melissa Parcel, 2005

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