Warner, Feb 2001, 6.99, 418 pp.
Life in Gabriel is quiet and very predictable except for the recent weather that seems like endless summer. Reporter Alexandra Bernier conducts an investigation on a group of concerned citizens who want to “Save the Starlight Theater” from demolition. The grandiose theater still contains an air of class that can be rebuilt if time allows it.
The leader of the group, Sissy Billingham, does everything in her power to obtain funding to stop the destruction of what she and her group considers a historical monument. However, before she can come up with a strategy, a car hits her. Alex and the police believe it is first-degree murder and not just an accidental vehicular homicide tat occurred. When Alex beings making inquiries, professionals beat her up, but she continues her investigation even as her actions increase the danger.
The third Alex Bernier novel is a fast-paced, action packed investigative reporter tale with a cast that seems very real. A romantic subplot relieves some tension when the action seems ready to overload the reader. Beth Saulnier proves her abilities as an entertaining writer, who with more books like this one and its predecessors, will soon obtain quite a following.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner