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REVIEW: What Goes With Blood Red, Anyway? by Stevi Mittman

Dear Mrs. Mittman,

11408503.gifA while ago, I read one of your historicals “A Taste of Honey” and loved it. Since then I’d been meaning to read more of your books but, you know how it goes. Now, I can say that I’ve finally gotten off my ass about your books even if I didn’t realize I was doing it. Go me.

Teddi Bayer is in the homestretch of her divorce from her slimeball husband and only one repayment away from paying her parents back for financing her way through interior design school. Her job redoing the house of the wealthy Elise Meyers is almost finished too when Teddi finds that someone has finished Elise. Permanently. For a while, Teddi’s not sure if she’s a suspect since the handsome detective working on the case keeps turning up wherever Teddi goes and it appears that someone is trying to frame her and her business partner. Throw in her can’t-be-soon-enough-almost-ex-husband and a pushy mother trying to find Teddi the perfect man on JDate, and Teddi’s got her hands full running her business, saving a friend from jail, maybe dating the cute policeman and catching a killer.

Teddi is totally believable as a harried mother of three trying to start her own interior design business. And I like that even though her dating experiences often end up as farces, they were never too slapstick-ish or over the top. I thought the bits about interior design were worked into the story well though I’m not sure about the police procedural aspects. I tend to think it’s a good thing I don’t know too much about those. The mystery is not bad and makes sense. You leave enough clues so that I’m not shaking my head wondering where the conclusion came from without making it too obvious.

So, where does the minus come from in the grade? Well, there are plenty of times where I wanted to smack Teddi or yell at her not to go down into the dark basement when she knows a killer is lurking down there. OK, that last bit is artistic license taken from Hollywood B grade horror films but honestly, how can a heroine who pokes fun at TSTL romance heroines do some of the stuff Teddi does? Over and over? And Teddi knows she’s being stupid. Over and over.

I hope in the future books in this series, that Teddi has learned something from the brainfree stunts she pulled in this book. I do plan to be with her when she heads out to find that perfect accent piece, swatch of fabric or paint chip all while raising her children (thank you that they’re not either too bratty or too perfect) and, what?, finding another killer? B- for this one.

~Jayne

Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.

One Comment

  1. Stevi Mittman
    Feb 06, 2007 @ 09:59:27

    Jayne–
    Go you, for finding me again in my new incarnation! Writing the romances was fun (there are seven other books and two novellas, you know–including several that are connected to A Taste of Honey), but writing the new Teddi mysteries is a blast!
    I’ve had so much fun with them. Sorry you feel she gets her self into a bit too much danger, but that’s what makes for fun stories. And she has good reason–she surely doesn’t want to see her friend in jail. I like to think that I’d be as brave as she is when a friend’s life is on the line.
    And I’m glad you’ll give her another try. There are several more books in the works and lots more laughs!
    Stevi

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