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Foolproof by Dianne G. Pugh
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This book could technically be classified as a "cozy" mystery. The female protaganist is an amateur sleuth. However, I wouldn't put this one in the the "cozy" genre.
This book was published in 1998. Not TOO old, but still this one had a "dated" feel to it. In the 90's, it seemed like every book one picked up had some reference to OJ. This novel was no exception. We got the "rant" over with early on thank goodness. The other thing that seemed a bit out of date was the computer game business. Now, Playstations and Xbox are the norm and PC games aren't as popular. Also, the hot button issue of violence and sex in video games was thought to have been at the heart of the crimes being committed. This still may be a big issue if you are raising teenagers, but I don't have any children at home, so I'm not as aware of these things at the moment. To me that topic was a dead in the water. However, the real story was about a genius computer game wizard and his wife. She wants to take the company public, he doesn't. When the wife is murdered, her husband naturally becomes the primary suspect. To top it off, Iris, a friend to both husband and wife, is named adiminstrator in the will that left the couple's five year old daughter with the controlling shares in the company.
Iris now has to decided what's best for the child while she struggles with issues in her real job, and backstabbers all wanting control of the company for their own reasons.
The plot got of course a few times as we tried to figure out what was going on with Kip and his awful attitude toward everyone. There were too many characters and a pet peeve of mine is when an author introduces a character midway through the book that takes focus off the story up that point. This is especially annoying in a mystery novel. This book was over 400 pages long, and could have been shorted a bit. Things were just too "busy" for my taste. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't terrible, but I couldn't really recommend it either. Overall C- ( )
  gpangel | Nov 4, 2012 |
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"Pugh's uncanny knack for using the perfect word gives the novel a special quality....There's action to spare...[and] an almost erotic lushness to her writing...." raved The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) of Dianne Pugh's third smashing Iris Thorne mystery, Fast Friends. Now she plunges her savvy heroine into a maelstrom of marriage and murder in the Los Angeles high-tech world, proving that in a city where ruthless ambition, community property laws, and earthquakes are facts of life, nothing is really Foolproof.

From where she stands in her newly purchased beachfront bungalow -- complete with cozy garage for her beloved red Triumph convertible -- life looks good for Los Angeles investment counselor Iris Thorne. The only clouds an her horizon are caused by her boss from hell and the never-ending office battles at McKinney Alitzer. But one hot night, everything changes. At the Gothic hilltop mansion owned by her dear friends, entrepreneurs Bridget and Kip Cross, Bridget is brutally murdered. The sole witness is Brianna, the couple's five-year-old daughter. The sole suspect is Kip, the volatile creative genius behind Pandora, the Crosses' trailblazing computer games company.

Hotheaded Kip had motive to spare: he was violently opposed to his cool, business-minded wife's plan to take Pandora public. Iris must now sort through her conflicting emotions as she faces the mounting evidence against Kip: the gunpowder burns on his hands, infidelity against Bridget, and no alibi. Then there's the unsettling matter of Slade Slayer, the brutal antihero of Kip's revolutionary games -- rumored to be Kip's alter ego. Is there enough of Slade in Kip to have ended Bridget's life? Worse still, is he a threat to Brianna, who has wiped the murder from her young memory? Bridget surprised everyone -- especially Kip -- when she left her majority stake in Pandora not to her husband, but to her daughter. And she named Iris as administrator of Brianna's trust. Suddenly, Iris finds herself responsible for a collapsing computer games company, the financial future of a little girl, and, as Brianna could hold the key to convicting her mother's killer, maybe even the five-year-old's life.

Exposing the deadly tensions behind the glamorous facades of Brentwood mansions and laying bare the riddles along a dark stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway, Dianne Pugh has marked the L.A. mystery with a style all her own. And with "her bold moral compass, her appealing in-your-face attitude and unsettled romantic life, Iris is a compelling heroine" (Publishers Weekly) who "deserves our undivided attention" (Los Angeles Times Book Review).

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:36 -0400)

In Los Angeles, investment consultant Iris Thorne investigates the murder of a woman who named her a trustee in her will. The victim was joint owner with her husband of a software company and left her share of the business to her underage daughter. A tricky situation as Iris suspects the husband is the killer.… (more)

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