WHAT A WOMAN'S GOTTA DO by evelyn coleman


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 A children's book author turns her hand to the adult suspense novel--with mixed results. Proud African-American journalist and inveterate single woman Patricia Conley has finally found a man--a man so fine that she's supposed to be meeting him at the Fulton County Probate Court in her hometown of Decatur, Georgia, so they can get married and spend the rest of their lives together. But when Patricia shows up at their appointed time, sporting an orchid corsage she's bought herself, Kenneth Lawson is nowhere to be seen. Several hours later, Patricia has to admit the obvious, but on the way home from the courthouse she spots Kenneth in a romantic French restaurant with another woman! Worse, she's waked up the next day by a pair of detectives wanting to know the scoop behind her car--which has been found abandoned and dripping with blood. Only her love for the martial arts affords her a release of tension and anger, but the relief is temporary; soon Patricia is plunged into a mystery that leads her into a dangerous world she couldn't have imagined. Identical twins play a major role in the intricate story, but the evil goings-on are mostly a result of the myths and beliefs of the ancient tribe Dogon, from a part of Africa that is today Mali. A romance with Detective Jeff Samuels becomes a classic case of mixing business with pleasure, and events such as the disappearance of a Frenchwoman by the name of Claudette Duvet and the discovery by Patricia of a safety deposit box left to her care by Kenneth create head-spinning confusion. Skillfully written, but with a welter of incongruous elements, from black belt karate to Judgement Day, the supernatural, interracial issues, murder, astrology, and genetic engineering.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-684-83175-9
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1998