Every once in a while you run across a book that holds you captive. The cover, the blurb on the back, and most especially the book. This is one of those. In a way, Mirrored Image reminds me of Alice K Arenz, aka A.K. Arenz. As A.K. Arenz, Alice wrote cozy mysteries--the kind that keep you grinning while you read and enjoy the mystery. As Alice, it's spine-tingling, edge of the seat, keep you guessing until the last chapter writing. Cassie Chase has a career she loves--a columnist writing light-hearted articles about whimsical happenings around the country. Her editor and friend David thought she wasted her talents, so he threw her into investigating and writing about the murder of a young woman who just happens to look amazingly like Cassie. Even more amazing--this look-alike victim knew her editor, the publisher of the newspaper, her sister-in-law, her brother, and her editor's secretary. None of them ever mentioned this woman who so amazingly resembled Cassie. To top that off, her house is robbed--sort of--the same day as the murder. Except instead of taking anything, the intruder sleeps in her bed. Otherwise, the house is cleaner than when she left it. Things get stranger when someone apparently wants to also do harm to her. Cassie butts heads with a handsome policeman as separately and together they search for clues. Detective Jeff McMichaels would like to work on his own, but he finds he has to take her along to keep her safe. Did the murderer kill the wrong person? Will she be next? Should you buy the book and find out for yourself?
This book reminds me a lot of the detective mystery tv shows I like to watch, even though it takes place in the 1980s before forensics and DNA came out. A police detective and a newspaper reporter work together to solve the mystery of who murdered the school teacher. In the process, they discover they are attracted to each other and that the reporter is in danger of becoming the next victim. Also, these two uncover a lot of small town secrets, any of which could have led to the murder.
I had never heard of this author so I decided to purchase this book after reading the description. The storyline is a very good idea, but the writing just wasn't there. I found myself going back several times to reread paragraphs. The writing was not awful but also not good. I wsn't glued to the book as I usually am with my favorite authors. She jumps around so much without doing it naturally. I found a few times while she talking to someone she then says something she doesn't want them to hear. I'm thinking why did she say that and then in the next sentence you find out the had left the room. That would have been nice to know sooner. Another time she is in her office with two other people. They are having a heated discusson then all of a sudden she calls for a taxi and leaves her office. How and when did the conversation end and when did they leave her office. I just really could not get into this book.
Like most lovers of mystery stories, I like to guess where the author is going. But from the first few chapters I found myself asking. “Where did Alice come up with all these twists and turns?” She kept me guessing until the very last page.
This book has more twists and turns than when my hair was permed! Just as you think you have one thing figured out, Ms Arenz adds something new to the mystery. Then to keep it even more interesting, she adds enough romance to make you fantasize how the relationship will blossom (and all without being sappy). I especially appreciated her characterizations which developed well with the mystery. I seldom consider a novel worth 5 star, but this one definitely is!
Lynette Sandler, a dead woman, bears a striking resemblance to reporter Cassandra Chase, who has been assigned to cover the murder. Cassie’s home is repeatedly broken into and her life is threatened. Will she be the next victim?
As Cassie investigates Lynette’s past, she learns their lives have an unusual number of connections and people who knew both of them, including her brother, never mentioned Lynette to her. Both women kept secrets, which may have put them in danger.
Add to the mix Detective McMichaels, who reluctantly falls for the reporter he spars with as they both work to uncover the murderer.
This mystery unfolds like a bizarre nightmare. Readers will keep the pages flying to reach the conclusion and discover who actually killed Lynette and attacked Cassie.
Be prepared to come up for air after reading this book. Unlike Arenz’ previous cozy mysteries, there’s nothing cozy about Mirrored Image. Intrigue is woven like fine lace from the very first page.
There’s an old adage that everyone has a double, an exact look-a-like. But, in the same town? Cassandra Chase is a feisty reporter. Lynette Sandler was a beloved schoolteacher. The two women couldn’t have been more diverse in personalities, tastes and lifestyles. Except for their faces. Why was the sweet-natured schoolteacher murdered so cruelly? Could it possibly have been a case of mistaken identity? When Detective Jeff McMichaels reluctantly listens to the information his partner has dug up about the Chase family his interest is piqued. He leans forward with hands folded to quietly announce, “The plot sickens.”
The author is truly masterful at twists and turns and innuendoes. That may sound simplistic; but there is nothing simple about the plot.
I highly recommend this engrossing book. Just don’t expect its mystery to be cozy.
My goodness, this one kept me on the edge of my seat from page one to the very end! Alice K. Arenz is sheer genius. To spin a tale like this is no easy task, but she did it flawlessly. Each of the characters were complex, and the author made you pay acute attention to their every conversation and nuance. She wove their pasts expertly into their present-day stories, each more compelling than the other. LOVE when that happens in a book!
There are whodunits, there are mysteries, and then there's MIRRORED IMAGE. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Keep 'em coming, Alice!
Make sure you're paying attention when you pick up this book! Arenz take two virtually unrelated characters and weaves a complex web of connections and motivations. I had a hard time putting the book down as I tried to figure out how it all worked together. I had to flip back a couple of times to keep all of the characters straight, but Arenz keeps the them interesting and the plot driving in this fun, suspense-filled mystery. A must-read for the person who enjoys the challenge of figuring it all out!
Suppose you awakened one day to see someone who resembles you on the front page of the newspaper? Not so bad unless that person happened to have been murdered. This is the premise of Alice K. Arenz’s newest release, Mirrored Image. When Cassie Chase’s editor sees the picture, he immediately assigns her to write about the dead woman, Lynette Sandler. Eccentric and not the least interested in a murder case, Cassie takes on her assignment reluctantly, and in the process uncovers a twisted, complicated situation involving her own family. When Cassie’s home is invaded and attacks begin against her, she begins to wonder if she was the real target for murder. The secrets she reveals add more danger but Cassie plows ahead until she finds the real truth and not that built on lies from the past and the present. This one will keep you up late turning pages to find where the truth lies.
This book was given to me in the hope that I would enjoy it enough to tell others about it, and I'm pleased to say it's a great read.
In Mirrored Image, Cassie Chase, a writer for the local paper is assigned to write a series about a murder victim. The twist is that the victim is her double. Frustrated by her predicament, but stubborn enough to face the challenge head on, she approaches Detective McMichaels with more attitude and bravada than is wise and the tension begins.
Detective McMichaels is astounded that Cassie's boss would put her on such a dangerous assignment since she's only covered fluf stories in the past, and he's convinced that Cassie and the victim are somehow linked.
I was certain from chapter one on that I knew who the murderer was, but was pleased to find out I was wrong. The plot is full of unexpected twists and turns and kept me interested to the end.