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Love Kills
by Dianne Emley
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Ballantine, 2010 (2010)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Pasadena Homicide Detective Nan Vining - who starred in the trilogy comprised of The First Cut, Cut to the Quick, and The Deepest Cut, returns for an encore in Love Kills. She is still partnered with her lover, Jim Kissick, though their romantic relationship (which they are keeping to themselves) is threatening to become a problem on the job.

The story opens on several murders. First the reader sees a celebrity private eye (who was dating Nan's mother Patsy) set up for the knifing of a young woman, Trendi, and then killed himself. The next corpse to be found is that of Tink Engleford, a socialite who had trouble dealing with the deaths of her son and husband and who was a close friend of Patsy's. The deaths are all linked to celebrity self-help guru Georgia Berryhill (who has made a fortune helping people understand their shadow selves) - and to the young women in crisis she helps, Georgia's Girls.

As Nan and Jim dig through the evidence, there are further related killings ... and a celebrity birth. Along the way, Nan finds information about her father's identity, something that Patsy had always refused to divulge to her. She and Jim receive help from a surprising source before the villains are apprehended. And Nan is reassured about 'the enduring power of family and friends, especially girlfriends.'

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