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Three months has been Gladie Burger s limit when it comes to staying in one place. That s why Gladie is more than a little skeptical when her eccentric Grandma Zelda recruits her to the family s matchmaking business in the quaint small town of Cannes, California. What s more, Gladie is also highly unqualified, having a terrible track record with romance. Still, Zelda is convinced that her granddaughter has the gift. But when the going gets tough, Gladie wonders if this gift has a return policy.
When Zelda s neighbor drops dead in his kitchen, Gladie is swept into his bizarre family s drama. Despite warnings from the (distractingly gorgeous) chief of police to steer clear of his investigation, Gladie is out to prove that her neighbor s death was murder. It s not too long before she s in way over her head with the hunky police chief, a dysfunctional family full of possible killers, and yet another mysterious and handsome man, whose attentions she s unable to ignore. Gladie is clearly being pursued either by true love or by a murderer. Who will catch her first?
Praise for An Affair to Dismember
Elise Sax s new Matchmaker series is off to a rousing start . . . Sax gives the comic mystery genre a new spin. . . . A fun read sure to entertain. RT Book Reviews
Fans of laugh-out-loud romantic suspense will enjoy this new author as she joins the ranks of Janet Evanovich, Katie MacAllister, and Jennifer Crusie. Booklist
Elise Sax will win your heart. New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis
In the tradition of Janet Evanovich s Stephanie Plum series, Elise Sax s new novel is a funny, sexy ride. Valerie Frankel, author of Four of a Kind
What a fun book It will leave readers begging for more. Kim Gruenenfelder, author of There s Cake in My Future"
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-10-08
- Reviewer: Staff
Sax’s series debut mashes mystery with romantic comedy but is more incomprehensible than funny. Itinerant job-hopper Gladie Burger has come to her grandmother’s small Southern California town to reluctantly take over the family matchmaking business. When a neighbor across the street is found dead, the death is ruled an accident by the police, but the deceased’s family members implausibly insist that inexperienced matchmaker Gladie discover the real cause of death. As Gladie incompetently investigates, unconvincing candidates for romantic hero wander past: womanizing police chief Spencer Bolton, who creepily invades Gladie’s bed uninvited while she is asleep, and mysterious neighbor and suspected murderer Arthur Holden. Even readers who can put up with sexism disguised as comedic characterization (“ ‘Correction, Legs,’ he said, eyeing my lower half, on display in my dress. ‘I can call you whatever I want’ ”) will find little appeal in the senseless plot. Agent: Alex Glass, Trident Media Group. (Feb.)