Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mystery Book Review: The Woman Who Attracted Money by Steve Chandler

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Mysterious Reviews, mysteries reviewed by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, is publishing a new review of The Woman Who Attracted Money by Steve Chandler. For our blog readers, we are printing it first here in advance of its publication on our website.

The Woman Who Attracted Money by Steve Chandler

A Robert Chance Mystery

Robert Reed (Trade Paperback)
ISBN-10: 1-934759-40-6 (1934759406)
ISBN-13: 978-1-934759-40-0 (9781934759400)
Publication Date: October 2009
List Price: $14.95

Review: Bestselling personal growth coach Steve Chandler, who has over 20 non-fiction books to his credit, turns to crime fiction introducing ex-cop Robert Chance in The Woman Who Attracted Money, the first of an expected series of twelve books.

Chance now works as a life coach ... and a private investigator when the need arises. And one has. He learns that a good friend, Tom Dumar, has been found dead in his real estate office, an apparent suicide. But in his discussions with Chance, Tom was eagerly looking forward to the future. Could Chance have not known his friend as well as he thought? A client, Madison Kerr, an advertising strategist and computer hacker, wants to help. She knew Tom, and possibly more importantly, his business partner Glen Gibbon, who is suspected of being involved in some shady deals. In fact, she thinks she knows who killed Tom, even though the police officially ruled his death a suicide. Chance wants to believe her, but where's the evidence?

Their inquiry is hampered by the fact that everything in Tom's office was removed following the police investigation by his partner. Furthermore, Tom's body was cremated. But Susan, Tom's wife, also believes her husband didn't take his own life. When her house burns to the ground, a clear case of arson, Chance fears for Susan. And when Madison hacks into Glen Gibbon's computer and finds photos taken of Susan without her knowledge, as if he were stalking her, they're convinced Glen may have had something to do with Tom's death.

The Woman Who Attracted Money is a light, entertaining mystery, and one with interesting characters and humor, making it both delightful and easy to read. Much of the appeal here is in the interaction between Robert Chance and Madison Kerr. Chance is methodical and insightful, Madison buoyant and fearless. The mystery plot is nicely structured and well paced. It's a strong start to this series that promises to have interesting cases for the two, a bit of gentle life coaching for the reader, and a touch of romance between Chance and Madison.

Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of The Woman Who Attracted Money and to Steve Chandler for providing a copy of the book for this review.

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Synopsis (from the publisher): Chandler’s suspense novel features ex-cop Robert Chance and his investigator friend and romantic interest, Madison Kerr. This book is the first in a 12-book series.

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