Friday, December 18, 2009
Hothouse Orchid by Stuart Woods (63)
Stuart Woods is a good mystery writer but his very best book was his first, named Chiefs, I believe. Now his books have become somewhat written to formula, lacking the depth of that first book. However, he is always entertaining.
Hothouse Orchid is focused on Holly Barker, working with the CIA, who returns to her hometown and gets caught up in the pursuit of a rapist-murderer. Along the way she comes into contact with an old enemy, gets a new boyfriend, and participates in police action in the local community. As a typical Stuart Woods mystery, the culprit is the last person you would imagine to do the crime and a lot of suspenseful action takes place. There are a few gruesome scenes. Enjoyable, quick, not compelling.