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By Sandy Frances Duncan and George Szanto

TOUCHWOOD, September 6, 2011 ($26.95)

ISBN-10: 1926971485
ISBN-13: 978-1926971483

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

The Islands Investigations International private detective firm is comprised of Kyra Rachel and Noel Franklin. Their current case has them snooping around Quadra Island into the beating of one of the sons of an old high school buddy of Noel's. Quadra Island is an island northeast of Campbell River. (Campbell River is on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada.)

Some reviewers say that negative reviews are easier to write than reviews for great books or mediocre books. I find that to be true, as well. I wanted to like this book, but I didn't. I even read it twice, in case the first time I had just been in "one of those moods" where I wouldn't have liked anything. Nope. I didn't like it any better on the second reading.

I am familiar with the area, having spent many summers sailing the San Juan Islands. I found the authors' descriptions of the area boring. They may have been technically correct when it comes to which street intersects which other street but I found the narrative...well, boring. I didn't find the crime compelling, nor the characters sympathetic. I also didn't find Kyra's condition or her reactions to it the least bit humorous or even interesting. Annoying, yes. Interesting, no.

There are two previous books in this series; NEVER SLEEP WITH A SUSPECT ON GABRIOLA ISLAND and ALWAYS KISS THE CORPSE ON WHIDBEY ISLAND. Perhaps readers who have read either, or both, of the previous novels and liked them will like NEVER HUG A MUGGER ON QUADRA ISLAND as well.

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