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Evil Intentions: A Feng Shui Mystery    by Denise Osborne order for
Evil Intentions
by Denise Osborne
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Perseverance Press, 2005 (2005)
*   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

In this fourth in the series, Denise Osborne takes the reader into the practice of Feng Shui and how it can affect our decisions and our lives. This time, Japanese-American Feng Shui practioner Salome Waterhouse is a victim of arson. As she and her ex-husband, a successful mystery writer, investigate the fire, they turn up an illegal immigrant operation that leads them to other discoveries.

I enjoyed learning about Feng Shui (pronounced fung shay) but wished the characters had been more fleshed out. Salome is a wonderful personage, but we learn too little about her or her group of friends. Evil Intentions has a great plot, but it too needs fleshing out. I felt that much was left out and the climax came too abruptly and calmly. There was a great chance for some real action and suspense there, that was swiftly brushed over.

We never really know who firebombed Salome's house. And I have trouble with Laura, a sixty-five year-old housekeeper, being called elderly. I'm seventy-two and don't have the word elderly in my vocabulary. Even so, Evil Intentions was an interesting book. And I would like to know the characters better.

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