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Sacred Cows by Karen E. Olson

>> Sunday, December 23, 2007

Published: 2005
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 290

From Publishers Weekly:
A phone call summons New Haven, Conn., crime reporter Anne Seymour from a beer-fogged sleep to cover a breaking story at the start of Olson's spirited debut, the winner of the first Sara Ann Freed Memorial Award. The dead body of a Yale undergrad lies at the foot of a luxury high-rise condo. Anne faces the usual stonewalling by the detective-on-the-scene-which smarts a little extra as he has recently vacated her bed. Dogged by a pesky fellow reporter, Anne struggles to keep her byline to herself, while she's warned off the case by her boss, her cop boyfriend and the university higher-ups. The plot thickens when she learns that the student was a high-priced escort, as is the next young female Yalie found murdered. A slave to her hormones, the smell of garlic and her driving ambition, the spunky, imperfect Anne is an engaging protagonist. Several other well-realized characters, some bovine humor and an miable sense of the Yale/New Haven community round out this enjoyable first.
I didn’t “love” this book, but I thought it was enjoyable and will read more by this author. Annie Seymour is a fun heroine – tough, yet trusting, cynical, with a sense of humor. It was a promising first novel and I look forward to more of Annie’s adventures.


Joy 12/24/2007 4:50 AM  

Ahhh...I've been reading this book for about 10 days now! Life keeps getting in the way. We've been busy, busy, busy, so I'm still only 1/2 way through. At this point I feel the same way as you; however, I'm listening to a book with a VERY similar main character and it's confusing going between the two and I'm not sure if it's changing my opinion of this one. I hate when that happens.

SuziQoregon 12/24/2007 8:48 PM  

Joy: It's tough to find reading time this year. Merry Christmas!!

Les 12/25/2007 6:14 PM  

Merry Christmas, SuziQ! I hope you had a wonderful day.

SuziQoregon 12/25/2007 8:33 PM  

Les: Thanks!! and Merry Christmas to you and your family too!

Joy 12/27/2007 5:00 PM  

I finally finished it. I rated it a 3.25/5. I don't think I'll pick up the next one for a while.

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