A new freelance newspaper gig helps her get her mojo back, but Boulder isn't nearly as tranquil as it seems: There's a serial arsonist at large in the city. As Madeline closes in on the culprit, the fires turn deadly - and the stakes tragically personal. She'll need every ounce of strength and courage she has to keep the flames from reaching her own doorstep, threatening all she holds most dear.
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By Cynthia on 03-04-13
Bit less mystery, bit sadder; still Dare!
Followers of Madeline Dare will want to tune in-- Read's snappy prose and Huber's pitch-perfect narration are again an unbeatable combination. But it's not what you might expect based on previous books in the series. The mystery takes a back seat to Madeline's personal life, which is taking a turn for the bleak.
At the same time, there are places where the crackling, dry humor of the writing and delivery will have you in stitches. I laughed so hard I sometimes had to pause the audiobook as Madeline dealt with the intense glamor of new motherhood, especially in the first 2/3 of the story. And the irony of a crime-fighting babe with babes in tow is perfect fodder for Read's wicked humor and flare for yanking the wig off ordinary absurdities.
Nutshell: If you're looking for a thriller along the lines of the first three in the series, this isn't. If it's Madeline Dare you're after, click already. After all, can we really desert a heroine so willing to give correctness, and bad guys, a hearty kick in the ass as Madeline just because life sometimes sucks? I found I couldn't.
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By Colette F on 11-03-15
unlikable protagonist, ridiculous plot
Madeline is self absorbed, whiney & uses way too many tortured similies in her every day speach. Big story line build up about serial arsonists is resolved with a throw away line after a complete plot u turn. Should never have listened to the whole thing, but I had a long drive and was out of credits.