Reviewed by Lori Fox
Interior Motives by
"The dialogue, descriptions, pacing and plot all seemed to have moved up a few notches."
For once, Haley Farrell seems to be safe. She’s got a new account, it’s not a mansion, and it doesn’t involve rich women. It’s her best friends’ office waiting room, and she’s even getting along with Dutch. What could go wrong?
If you’re Haley Farrell . . . everything.
Elegant, sweet, and well mannered Darlene Weikert walks into Haley’s life bringing with her Jacob, her husband of many years, father of her two sons, and a victim of Alzheimer’s. She also brings along the offer of Haley’s dream job--a chance to bring a grand Victorian home back to it’s original glory.
Unfortunately for Haley, Darlene is dead before the doorbell rings. Haley’s fingers automatically dial Detective Lila Tsu. But when she learns that Darlene was diagnosed with liver cancer, Haley not only has to catch the murderer, she has to prove that there actually is a murder to solve.
Her prime suspects? Darlene’s two slime-bag sons, the sweet nurse who was hired to care for Jacob (and who inherited the fortune) the doctor who’d been treating Darlene with experimental drugs (and owed her money), and Tedd, Haley’s own best friend, client, and therapist.
This installment of the Deadly Décor series is a vast improvement on the first two. The dialogue, descriptions, pacing, and plot all seem to have moved up a few notches. The characters seemed more real, and the whole story flowed. I enjoyed this book more than the first two and was disappointed to find that the series ends at three.
The twist in this story is absolutely on par with the twist in Design on a Crime, Book #1 in the series. However, having read the first book, I did sense it coming. Surprise or not, it was very well done.
Through most of the book, Haley’s insistence that there was a murder serves to merely irritate or induce pity in others. Only Bella, with her new P.I. license, believes Haley, and “helps” her investigate. Of course, in the end, Haley and Bella are proven right and save the day with the help of Dutch and Lila Tsu, the “karate chop cop”.
The romantic relationships in this book are not all expected. Haley is still working through her personal issues, and while she’s not fully healed, she’s well on her way. She’s even had her first date, and it’s not with Dutch! And Haley’s father Hale is drawing some interest as well. Surprise, surprise, it’s not who you’d think.
Lori Fox is a freelance writer who is working on her first novel as well as writing reviews for TitleTrakk.com. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, making jewelry, and taking as many trips to Walt Disney World as possible with her wonderful husband Kyle. Visit her online at her website.