Date: April 2003
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Slopes and Other Deadly Things
A Carrie Carlin Biofeedback Mystery
What's a biofeedback practitioner
to do when a conference honoring your field's Jonas Salk (who gropes
you in a hot tub with his wedding-banded hand) becomes a bloodbath
on skis, you're under suspicion for murder because your scarf apparently
strangled one of the victims, your entire vocation comes under attack
by fanatic fellow doctors, and all the while your cheating ex-husband
and homicide-cop love of your life insist on making your emotions
spike off the EEG scale?
biofeedback practitioner and heroine Carrie Carlin, you "get
your kicks out of livin' dangerously" (as anti-biofeedback
antagonist Flo Zimmer says), act like a lightning rod for assassins,
and stick your nose in where it doesn't belong. When people around
married but roving-handed conference honoree Dr. Hubert Freundlich
start dying, it's up to the much-suspected much-shot-at Carrie (whose
scarf puts her under suspicion) to unravel the mystery on the Vermont
ski slopes. In true amateur-detective fashion, Carrie proves she's
earned her PhD (Plucky Heroine Degree) by uncovering a killer you
only begin to suspect the second half of the book. The killer's
motives are real, human and even understandable, but still despicable.
The "red herrings" are truly imaginative, driven by multifaceted
characters such as a nymphomaniac possible date-rape victim psychologist,
a female assistant with a deadly case of hero worship, a closeted
psychologist who happens to be Carrie's best friend, and WWF-lookalike
Flo Zimmer, and not just empty "look how clever I am"
misdirections. The multiple homicides are not serial-killer driven,
but follow the adage, "Three people can keep a secret, if two
of them are dead."
secret is truly juicy, but plays second fiddle to Carrie and her
engaging, endearing personality, her devotion to her children, her
sparkling commentary, and her marriage dilemma with sexy-but-flawed
cop Ted Brodsky, who tries to protect her despite herself. Carrie's
relationship with Ted reminds one of J.D. Robb's homicide cop Eve
Dallas' marriage to wealthy man Roarke. This sharp, sassy, suspenseful,
smart mystery is a definite page-turner that, thanks to the author's
real-life profession, gives insight into alternative medicine.