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Daisy Minor decides her life is way too boring, so she spices things up by getting a make-over. She also decides she needs to find a man and have a sex life. At one of the clubs she's at, she witnesses a murder and becomes the killer's next target. Chief Jack Russo saves Daisy's life and cracks the case and in the process has given Daisy what she set out for in the first place.
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The review of this Book prepared by Melissa

Daisy is turning over a new leaf--she's tired of being the stereotypical, old maid librarian. Unfortunately, on her first night as her new self she sees something she's not supposed to. She becomes the target of a killer who wants to cover the crime, and an even bigger crime is revealed...With the help of a man she initially disliked and comes to admire a great deal, Daisy deals with her new life, her new self, and an ordeal that grows to proportions she could never have imagined.
The review of this Book prepared by Sarrah

Mrs. Howard,
I got hooked on you books years ago, but Open Season was by far the funniest one.....I loved the book and have read it 4 times and my friend also loved too....I thank you....too short, I could have read more....keep up the good work...

The review of this Book prepared by Bev Taylor


Pocket, August 2001, 24.95, 310 pp.
ISBN 0671034421

    Hillsboro, Alabama is a small sleepy town with a population of nine thousand people. It is a place where everybody knows their neighbors and doors are always unlocked. Daisy Minor has lived there all her life and is viewed by the town as a straight-laced spinster, who dresses down and acts prissy. Daisy is aware of the townsfolk's opinion of her, but on her thirty-fourth birthdays, she decides she wants a life.

    She moves out of the house she shared with her mother and her aunt, gets a complete make over and hits the night club scene. Even before Daisy transformed herself into a good-looking woman, she caught the attention of Jack Russo, the town's police chief. He finds the new Daisy adorable and goes all out in his pursuit of her. When she witnesses a murder and Jack fears the murderer will come after her, he puts a wall of protection around her and her family. When they can catch the killer, Jack intends to take his relationship with Daisy to the next level.

    OPEN SEASON is a humorous tale of a woman who wants a family of her own and does what's needed to gain one. The situations she finds herself in are so hilarious readers will burst out laughing at odd moments. The suspense adds depth to the relationship between the lead characters yet demonstrates that not every book Linda Howard writes has to be intense to be quite good. OPEN SEASON can be summed up in one word: adorable.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   chased by/chasing kidnapper/killer If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her In love with caretaker or teacher    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age/status:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   sensitive

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   librarian Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   a better lover    -   less bitchy/arrogant    -   blissful    -   mature Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Deep South Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   40% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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