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Get a Clue by Jill Shalvis
(Brava, $14.00, R) ISBN 0-7582-1137-6
*****
Jill Shalvis’s Get a Clue is part of Brava’s “Wicked” Women Whodunit line, which combines a steamy love story with a murder mystery. I’ve read and enjoyed other books in this line, but this is the best one I’ve read so far. Once I finished it, I went back to the beginning to start reading again, which is the best indication of a keeper.

Breanne Mooreland is having a bad day. First, she’s stood up at the altar. Then, her luggage is lost when she decides to take her honeymoon trip solo. After finding herself snowed in at the vacation home, she also discovers a man showering in her suite. Although the showering man is gorgeous, Breanne decides he’s off limits. Her new motto: no more men.

Cooper Scott, the gorgeous naked man, is startled when a woman bursts in on his suite. After quitting his job as a cop, Cooper arranged to stay at the vacation house to get away and decide what he’ll do next. When he learns that he’s snowed in with the appealing Breanne, he has some ideas about how they can spend the time. However, that’s before a dead body is found on the premises.

Get a Clue hooked me from the first sentence: “It took her a while, but eventually Breanne Mooreland realized she had a naked man in her shower.” The book is filled with subtle humor like this, a kind I especially enjoy. The dialogue is equally amusing and enjoyable, such as this scene, where Cooper brushes Breanne’s clothes to make sure she doesn’t have a spider on her:

“You’re just using this as an excuse to feel me up.” “And down,” he said agreeably.
Breanne and Cooper’s witty conversations make the story rich and fun.

While this reviewer doesn’t always enjoy rebound romances, this story makes it work, probably because it doesn’t feel like a rebound romance. Breanne likes her life to have order, and her decision to marry was based more on logical reasons than romantic ones. When the groom doesn’t appear for the ceremony, Breanne is hurt but not heartbroken. Her relationship with Cooper is far more romantic than her previous relationship, which throws the logical Breanne for a loop.

Cooper is one of the best heroes I’ve seen this year. Although he quit working as a cop because of burnout, he is anything but a cliché. He is funny, protective, and focused. He takes charge of the investigation, and once he realizes what a great thing he has with Breanne, he is not afraid to open his heart.

The mystery is interesting, with vacation-home employees as the primary suspects. The resolution surprised me, but my reread showed a number of hints throughout the story.

If you like romances with a combination of mystery, humor, and heat, you will want to get Get a Clue. I hope Shalvis has another “Wicked” Women Whodunit in the works.

--Alyssa Hurzeler


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