THE LOOK OF LOVE adheres to the tried and true formulas of MaryJane Clark’s other novelist relatives: Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark. It’s a well-paced novel with some humorous aspects, great character development, and a good plot (although, I confess, I figured out the murderer early on). MJ Clark’s take on murder at a plush, glitzy Hollywood spa is fresh, and her heroine, Piper Donovan, is likeable if perhaps a tad squeamish in the romance department (hesitant about getting it on with her FBI agent neighbor – oh, boy!). The subplot is interesting and does not distract from the main theme of the novel. Suspense fans will find this an enjoyable read, as did I. This series has great promise and I look forward eagerly to the next installment.
The Associated Press calls her “one of the most talented storytellers around.” Now, New York Times bestselling author Mary Jane Clark brings readers a delicious new mystery.
The Look of Love
Piper Donovan accepts when the owner of Elysium, an exclusive spa and plastic surgery center, offers her an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles to create a dazzling and unique wedding cake. The job also gives Piper the time and distance she needs to sort out her feelings for handsome FBI agent Jack Lombardi.
The ultra-luxurious spa caters to the rich and famous in need of a little “refreshing”—a nip here, a tuck there, a little Botox, a little detox. Nestled in the Hollywood Hills, Elysium seems picture-perfect: the grounds, the staff, even the guests. But no sooner does Piper arrive than a guest is brutally murdered in one of the private bungalows. Someone, it seems, wants to make sure Elysium’s beautiful director, Jillian Abernathy, never gets to walk down the aisle. Piper soon discovers that beneath the glamorous surface of this idyllic oasis lies an ugly truth—and a cold-blooded plan for murder.