I’ll admit it – I was a little apprehensive about this one. Marianne Delacourt is a pseudonym for Marianne de Pierres: A prolific Australian author who writes across genres, and while I’ve been incredibly impressed with her different incarnations, this one had me wary.
It could have been the comparison to Janet Evanovich on the front. For Chick Lit Crime aficionados we all pay homage to the leader in her field, so expectations started out quite high.
Bloody brilliant! Here is a chick lit novel without too much schmaltz, that flows well, leaves no gaps in the telling and, has an interesting storyline. It could be that I know the record industry and was impressed at its portrayal: That I’ve met ‘Slims’ and ‘Jacinta’s’ in my wanderings and found them to be uncannily accurate. It could also be that the whole drama was set around the familiar streets in Bris-Vegas, that the Hilltop Hoods got massive kudos. And that it held my attention from start to finish.
A slightly psychic detective who can read auras, break jaws, and not fuss too much about what she’s wearing; where results are foremost, loyalty is of paramount importance, and there’s occasionally a giggle. For those who do love a touch of romance with the action and drama of close calls, you will be satisfied with what’s on offer as well. This is the third in the Tara Sharp series, so I’m off to buy one and two, to put in my light reading pile!
So WAM has teamed up with Allen and Unwin to give 10 lucky WAMsters a copy of Stage Fright each (valued at $19.99 each).
1. Simply ensure you follow Write About Me on Twitter or ‘like’ us on Facebook.
2. Leave a comment below with our key words: Stage Fright - and that’s all it takes to enter!
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Winners will be selected via random.org. Entries open to Australian residents only. Competition closes 11:59pm AEST 28 September 2012. Winners announced on 30 September on this website and via email. WAM will not be held liable for any lost parcels via Australian Post.