Saturday, June 30, 2012

Review: Deadly Pleasures by Mary Firmin

Deadly Pleasures by Mary Firmin

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Amazon Product Description:
Megan Riley has bigger things to worry about than the fact that her neighbor has just been found dead. Her engagement has just ended, and she is once again on a quest to find Mr. Right-or at least Mr. Right Now. Tired of emotional ties and ready for a new adventure, Megan and her three best friends make a fateful decision. They hire hunky stripper Michael Harrington as their timeshare boytoy-unaware he is the prime suspect in a series of gruesome murders. Suddenly, they find themselves involved in a complicated murder investigation led by a handsome detective who is focused only on finding the twisted serial killer before he strikes again. But who will be the next to die? Megan, the hardworking real estate agent; newly divorced Kathleen; Alex, married to a wealthy businessman; or Rachel, the spurned wife of a hot Hollywood screenwriter? Following her own investigation, Megan takes a wild ride through L.A.'s bondage parlors, hidden sex clubs, and the extravagant lifestyles of the rich and famous; soon she discovers that her quest for adventure has abruptly transformed into a dangerous game of life and death.

My thoughts:
This is a thriller from the go.  Mary Firmin delivers a murder mystery that does not disappoint.  The plot is dangerously captivating.  The characters are clever and realistic with personalities that make you both smile and cringe.  Megan's friends are an electrically charged group of women with a twisted sense of reality and style.  

The boy-toy plan is funny and creative.  Not something you read about normally - women taking that role in the world of adultery, and they do it in high end style.  I found myself both shocked and intrigued by the idea, not where I would go but a sure-fire payback for their cheating men.

This is a chilling whirlwind of a mystery - serial killer, hidden lifestyles, deadly choices and somewhere along the way Megan finds the chance at Mr. Right - for real.

Wildly entertaining.  Hard to put down.  Start it on your day off because you will want to read to the end.