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Saturday, November 21, 2015

115) Murder of a Botoxed Blonde by Denise Swanson

The Blurb :

A health spa complete with tofu turkey and "Dress for Sexcess" lectures is the last place school psychologist Skye Denison wants to spend Thanksgiving. But when her best friend, Trixie Frayne, convinces her to take a complimentary weekend at the new Scumble River Spa, Skye accepts her fate and prepares to be slathered, wrapped and roasted.

Then an annoying quartet that includes both Skye's mom and her ex-boyfriend's mother impulsively joins her for a girls-only holiday, and Skye wonders just how bad things can get. She soon finds out - when she's confronted with treatments only a masochist would enjoy, a diet plan fit for a Barbie doll, and a troublesome trespasser searching for a cache of jewels supposedly hidden in the spa seventy years ago. Worst of all, a famous former model turns up dead in the Miracle Mud bath. It looks like no one will be leaving the spa until Skye can identify which of the eccentric guests, pesky local protesters or sneaky treasure hunters is also a killer deserving of special treatment; in the county jail.

My Thoughts :

Murder of a Botoxed Blonde was my audio book this week and is the ninth installment in the Scumble River Mystery series.  I have been enjoying this series a lot over the last few months and have made great progress in catching up with the series which is eighteen books long.  So now halfway through, I finally came across one installment that I didn't particularly like.

It wasn't that this book wasn't good or interesting.  There was all the usual characters, a great murder mystery and some surprising twists.  However there were a couple of things about this one didn't sit right with me and make the book less enjoyable.  Thee Spa setting was a little over the top and unbelievable at times.  The Simon vs Wally aspect?  I like the change in Skye's relationship but Simon has totally gone weird.  Then there is the constant talk about her weight and clothes.  I thought she is happy with herself the way she is?  The references to expensive clothes from fashion magazines and the reoccurring food talk is really getting annoying.  

Still a great series and I am sure there are more good installments to come but this was finally the bad one in the bunch for me.  I look forward to the next part and am really eager to see what happens next in Skye's life but I really hope she doesn't go to the Spa again , that Simon becomes a thing of the past and that the author also stops having a problem with her leading lady being over weight.

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