Friday, April 5, 2013

The Look of Love - Mary Jane Clark

Released August 2012

Mary Jane Clark

Book Review by Jessica Maguire

Aspiring actress Piper Donovan's life is at a standstill, but that is about to change. Jillian Abernathy, director of the famed Elysium Spa in Hollywood, has chosen Piper to make her wedding cake. All expenses paid, Piper leaves behind the dreary winter of the East Coast for fun, sun, and relaxation, as well as work at Elysium, a "place or condition of ideal bliss or complete happiness." Between a lawsuit over a botched cosmetic procedure and an investigation into possible misconduct by a staff member, in addition to murder attempts, the bliss of Elysium is short lived.

Piper soon finds herself embroiled in the murders and mystery at Elysium. When not working on Jillian's wedding cake and going to tryouts for acting jobs, Piper becomes more and more involved with the events at the spa. Along with new friends at Elysium, Piper sets out to discover who is attempting to kill Jillian and has killed two other spa patrons as well. Is the father of the woman’s botched cosmetic procedure to blame for the murders? Or, perhaps a staff member who is involved in misconduct is responsible. Maybe even the former employee, whose job Jillian has been given, is holding a grudge and seeking revenge.

Author Mary Jane Clark weaves an intriguing and complex tale geared toward female readers. Aside from all the goings on at Elysium, subplots involving Piper's potential romance with Jack, Jillian's relationship with her sister, Sister Mary Noelle, and stepmother, Irene, as well as the questions surrounding the death of their mother, Caryn. Readers won't be able to stop turning the pages. With all the twists and turns here I found myself unable to put down this riveting murder mystery.

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