DOUBLE BLACK  by Wendy Clinch


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Murder piles complications on a carefree ski bum’s life.

Stacey Curtis isn’t one for complications. When she walked in on her fiancé cheating with a mutual friend, she didn’t cause a scene but simply took off in the direction of the nearest ski resort. Ski bumming had always fascinated Stacey, and it turns out to suit her. She spends her mornings on the mountain and her evenings working at the local bar; she saves money by sleeping in her car, until she finds a ring of keys that unlock local condos. What seems like a perfect setup becomes a disaster when Stacey finds a body in one of the rooms she opens. Even worse, the deceased is co-owner of the ski resort, which may or may not be up for sale. There’s no shortage of suspects who might have liked to get their hands on that money. To top it off, Stacey’s presence at the condo that night was noticed by homeless local veteran Danny. He promises to keep her secret, but only for a price. It’s almost enough to make Stacey want to head home. At least she’s got new friend and possible romantic interest Chip by her side—if only she were sure she could trust him.

Clinch’s debut provides an agreeable ride, though without many thrills and chills. Too bad the sense of ease and relaxation comes at the cost of developing memorable characters.

Pub Date: Jan. 5th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-312-59326-1
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Dunne/Minotaur
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2009