Thursday, May 31, 2007

Knock Off by Rhonda Pollero

As I mentioned in my previous blog, I read about Knock Off either in Romantic Times or on someone's blog and it caught my attention. I placed it on hold at my local library and am so glad I got it from the library. It is a hardcover, not even 300 pages, and definitely not a keeper. While it was a fun read, I can only give it a C.

Meet Finley Anderson Tanner, F.A.T. to her enemies. Underachiever extraordinre. This West Palm Beach paralegal hates the gym, still rents her condo, and loves two hour lunches with her friends. But what she really gets excited about is the thrill of the hunt- shopping for deeply discounted designer goods she can wear at her upscale law office. Hey, if she holds that Chanel bag just right, no one will ever notice the weird smear on the pale pink lambskin.

Too bad work isn't all about fashion. Especially when a grieving widow is sitting in your office, convinced that her husband's accidental death was really murder. Okay, so she's sincere... but crazy. She's also a close personal friend of the boss, and the boss wants Finley to personally oversee the investigation. Good-bye outlet malls, hello pain-in-my-Asprey.

Investigation murder isn't really Finley's bag (that would be Prada, 75% off). But the deeper Finley digs, the stranger things get. There are an awful lot of "accidental" deaths out there. This discount shopper knows slightly irregular when she sees it, and this case is clearly not right. Kind of like Liam McGarity. Everything about the hunky PI assigned to the investigation screams "Get out while you still have your underwear!" When he's not working the case, he's working on Finley. Who knew crime could be this much fun?

Now, for a girl whose biggest ambition was takeout Moo Shu at exactly 5:01, life is taking some exciting, unpredictable, and decidely dangerous turns. But someone doesn't like Finley's new work ethic. And if this paralegal wants to bring home the real goods, she'll have to keep from being a killer's total knock off...

This story was enjoyable enough, however I am kind of over the whole nale brand shoes and clothing that are constantly dropped throughout the entire story. I enjoyed Finley though she was kind of a flake and her shopping really got on my nerves. I enjoy shopping as much as the next gal, but this was a little over the top! And while the mystery was done pretty well, it just all of a sudden ended. With about ten pages left in the book the reader is lead to believe the killer is one person but then on the last page and a half (and I am not exaggerating) we learn who the real killer was. It was kinda stupid. I was dumbfounded and checked the brand new library book for some missing pages.

The romance was all right, but again, in the last 1/4 of the page, it just leaves you hanging. I think the way the book was just ended so aburtly was nuts and if the author cut out even 1/4 of the shopping and brand names of what Finley was reading, there may have been a better conclusion.

Up next is Kate White, the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, newest novel. It is titled Lethally Blond and while I am kind of ove rthe chick-lit mystery I normally enjoy her books so I will give it a shot.

I am tired and it's off to bed! Good night and happy reading!


Wendy said...

Um yeah, pretty much.

Like you - I went "Huh?" at the ending. Way to abrupt and frankly, I didn't buy it. I didn't find the identity of the killer very convincing. Will I read the next one? Jury is still out. Depends on the blurb.

Kristie said...

Thanks for agreeing with me. I literally looked to make sure that no pages were missing... it was that noticeable!