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Playing James (edition 2004)

by Sarah Mason

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Title:Playing James
Authors:Sarah Mason
Info:Ballantine Books (2004), Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:**1/2
Tags:cozy mystery, female detective, chick lit

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Just another chick lit made in china. Didn't stand out in any way. ( )
  potterhead9.75 | Jan 5, 2014 |
Loved the Brit-ness of it and I thought the main protags were good but the story moved in lurching kinda way that was distracting. Like something super imporant would happen and then...drag that out for a while until the next super imporant bit and then... But still a fun and fresh read. ( )
  akmargie | Apr 4, 2013 |
Cute, but not especially memorable. ( )
  scote23 | Mar 30, 2013 |
I'm frankly amazed at the relatively high reviews this book has received from other LT members. As a piece of chick lit, it was frothy, hugely contrived, tried too hard to be humourous and won't be remembered past the last page.

Holly Colshannon is a two dimensional journalist for a local paper in Bristol, who is to shadow a detective as part of a new diary feature. The two do not hit it off to begin with, but, what do you know, they start to thaw towards each other ready for a rushed finale where they end up kissing in a broken-down car.

I disliked the fact that none of the characters were really developed at all - there is nothing really to identify Holly and James from the many other chick lit protagonists out there. I disliked the way the plot seemed to shoehorn as many comic devices in as possible in order to 'entertain'.

Altogether, this was a disappointment and, with the likes of Marian Keyes, Fiona Walker and Freya north all writing far superior fiction, there is nothing to differentiate this from the many other chick lit authors. ( )
1 vote magemanda | Feb 24, 2009 |
"Assigned to shadow detective James Sabine through his action-packed days, plucky beat reporter Holly Colshannon enjoys the success of her new crime byline but incurs the wrath of Sabine, with whom she shares an unexpected attraction." ( )
  sgu2514 | May 9, 2007 |
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Holly Colshannon is a young journalist who thinks her career is about to take a terminal nosedive when she is moved from covering 'pet deaths' for her local Bristol paper and made Crime Correspondent - a poisoned chalice if ever there was one. However, a brilliant idea from the new police PR officer sees Holly shadowing a detective and writing a diary column about his working life. Detective James Sabine is bit of a sour puss - although he does have very nice green eyes - and he's furious that he has been landed with magnificently accident-prone Holly especially since her arrival comes six weeks before his wedding to faultless Fleur. Holly, however, has a career to think about and this infuriating man is not going to stand in her way. Meanwhile, her bosses at the newspaper realise that the column is proving extremely popular with the readers who are waiting for something romantic to happen between the handsome detective and the nice young reporter. With only days to go to the wedding Holly realises she's been waiting for the same thing...
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345469550, Paperback)

Rules? What rules?

Plucky beat reporter Holly Colshannon has a flair for the dramatic, a nose for trouble, and the remarkable ability to smile through any indignity—though her latest assignment is about to test her mettle. Newly “promoted” to crime reporter for the Bristol Gazette, she must shadow the unsmiling (though undeniably delicious) Detective James Sabine through his action-packed days, and then capture all the danger and thrills of a cop’s life in a daily column for the rag.

Well, on the bright side, she gets her own byline. On the down side, delectable James is hardly overjoyed to have her around. But soon her columns are a hit with readers who can’t get enough of her personal adventures riding shotgun with the sexy crime stopper.

Who ever expected law and order to be so romantic? Certainly Holly’s rugby-playing boyfriend and James’s super-gorgeous fiancée are enough to keep any sparks of electricity in check? In the end, though, love always evens the score. . . .

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:50:18 -0400)

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Budding reporter Holly Colshannon thought things couldn't get worse than covering pet funerals. But then her boss at the BRISTOL GAZETTE hands her the poisoned chalice of a crime correspondent...Detective James Sabine is not happy to discover he is to be shadowed by a reporter: in fact, he wants his fly-on-the-wall to buzz right off. Holly, though, is not a girl to go lightly, especially when she has a daily column to write and an ailing MG to support. However, while relations between press and police continue to plunge, the reading public are starting to suspect that there's no spark without a flame.… (more)

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