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Die Smiling (2008)

by Linda Ladd

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Die Smiling (Claire Morgan #3) by Linda Ladd is an enjoyable read, but it lacks the grizzly, macabre, tension filled drama of the first two books.

I felt the romantic story line for Claire and Black was slow, and had little progression overall. There is some tension ( Black wants a commitment from Claire) showing in the relationship through. Secrets come out for Shaggy and Nick, adding new dimension to their characters and roles in the continuing story line, and Bud shows an Alpha, macho, crazed side to his normally slick professional, laid back demeanor.

Cameo appearances by McKay, Charlie and Jude help to round out the story.

Overall a three star read for me, but moving on to books 4 as I’m hooked on the series

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  kerbytejas | Mar 25, 2016 |
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Die Young

Hilde Swensen is a beauty pageant queen with a face to die for and a body to kill for. But by the time Detective Claire Morgan finds her in a shower stall--posed like a grotesquely grinning doll--Hilde is anything but pretty. She's the victim of a sick, deranged killer. And she won't be the last. . .

Die Beautiful

Brianna Swenson is the beauty queen's sister--and the girlfriend of Claire's partner Bud. She tells Claire that Hilde had plenty of enemies, including a creepy stalker, an abusive ex-boyfriend, and a slew of jealous competitors. But what she doesn't say is that they both shared a dark, disturbing secret. A secret that refuses to die. . .

Die Smiling

From the after-hours parties of a sinister funeral home to the underworld vendettas of the Miami mob, Claire follows the trail with her lover Nicholas Black, a psychiatrist with secrets of his own. But it's not until she uncovers evidence of unspeakable acts of depravity that Claire realizes she's just become a diabolical killer's next target. . .

'One of the most creepy, crawly and compelling psychological thrillers ever.' --Fresh Fiction on Dark Places

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:18 -0400)

A woman's nude body hangs spread eagled, riddled with bullet holes. Someone has used her for target practice - a twisted killer brazen enough to leave their calling card smack in the middle of the sheriff's shooting range. For Missouri homicide detective Claire Morgan, it's a wake-up call unlike any she's ever faced.… (more)

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