Sharp Edges, by Jayne Ann Krentz

>> Friday, October 03, 2003

Sharp Edges is the last of the Jayne Ann Krentz books I had that I hadn't reread.

Eugenia Swift is a young woman of singular sensibilities, and a connoisseur of beauty. As the director of the Leafbrook Glass Museum, she's been asked to travel to Frog Cove Island -- an artistic haven near Seattle -- to catalog an important collection of art glass. But thanks to unsavory rumors surrounding the collector's death, the museum insists that Eugenia take along Cyrus Chandler Colfax -- a rough-hewn private investigator whose taste in glass runs to ice-cold bottles filled with beers.

When Colfax declares they must pose as a couple, Eugenia protests in a manner as loud as his Hawaiian shirts. She fears that her secret mission will be discovered...while he hopes that she will be a mask for his own hidden agenda. But soon their very lives depend on making an utterely convincing couple. Because among the chic galleries of Frog Cove Island lurks a killer, and their only chance for survival is the boldest, most artful collaboration they can dare to imagine.
It was good, if a little bit lackluster. An excellent comfort read (like every JAK), yes, but not very exciting. A B.

Very nice characters (I especially loved how Cyrus delighted in how Eugenia liked was really strong and good at what she did), an otherwise interesting suspense subplot that occupied a little too much space, and a nice setting.

Liked best: the bantering. That's always one of the best parts of JAK's books.

Liked least: the villain. Too much of a moustache-twirling cliché.

And that's it, really. Not much more to say...

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