Pointe and Shoot
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About "Pointe and Shoot"
Jayne Murphy has always put family first. That's why she abandoned her dream of joining the police force to run her ailing mother's dance studio. When one of the studio's most talented instructors dies in a car crash, Jayne isn't convinced it was just an accident. Relentlessly pursuing her hunch, she teams up with Officer Danny Nolan, the best friend and partner of her brother Patrick, who died in the line of duty. Haunted by Patrick's death, Danny has begun to question whether he should still be a cop at all. As Jayne digs deeper, suspects emerge, including the victim's clingy ex-boyfriend and a jealous foe from the cutthroat dance world. Her evolving insights into the case rekindle Jayne's passion for police work. Danny, too, feels a renewed sense of purpose...and a definite attraction to his unofficial partner, which seems to be mutual. Now, if Jayne can only keep herself out of harm's way, she and Danny both might get a second chance-with their careers and each other.
Meet the Author
Alison Stone is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Lancaster University.
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Everyone thinks Miss Melinda's death is an unfortunate accident, but her boss, Jayne, isn't so sure. But no one wants to listen when she says she believes Miss Melinda was lured onto the dark lakeside road. Not the police chief, not her policeman brothers, and not even Danny, her dead brother's patrol partner. This is where it got clever. Most of the novel is written in third person from Jayne's point of view. But some chapters were written in first person, from the point of view of the unknown assailant. So the reader knows it was murder. Kind of ... I thought the use of first person here was inspired, because it meant we knew nothing about the assailant, not even their gender. Clever! There were a few annoying writing niggles-overuse of words like "noticed" (I always figure if I notice a word, it's been used enough that I notice the word over the writing). And I would have liked a little more of the developing romance between Jayne and Danny-it did feel like this got left behind in the suspense plot. Hey, I like my romantic suspense to have plenty of romance as well as plenty of suspense! Overall, Pointe and Shoot was an excellent suspense (with romantic overtones), set in a ballet school run by a non-ballerina who once wanted to be a police officer.