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Pretty boy : a Sam Jones novel
Henderson, Lauren, 1966-
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Three Rivers Press, [2001]

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345 pages ; 21 cm
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"Originally published in Great Britain by Hutchinson, London in 2001"--T. p. verso.
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It's New Year's Eve in the quiet English village of Lesser Swinfold, and sculptress Sam Jones has arrived to celebrate the holiday with her old friend Tom, who teaches primary school and lives in a rustic bed-and-breakfast. Sam is not in for a relaxing vacation, though. Hugo, Sam's city-loving boyfriend, is vexed to no end that they had to leave London for the countryside and won't let her forget how unhappy he is. However, Hugo's tantrums are quickly forgotten when Tom's latest girlfriend is killed and Sam suddenly finds herself thrust again into a murder investigation where Tom is the lead suspect. While defending her wrongly accused best pal, Sam ends up uncovering more than she bargained for, including her deep attraction to Alan, a young, impossibly gorgeous college student who may hold the key to the entire case. Will Sam's longing for another adventure set her on course for true love or cause a deadly disaster?

Author Notes

Lauren Henderson was born & bred in London, where she worked as a journalist, a club bartender, & at other poorly paid jobs before going to Tuscany on holiday & never returning home.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

After being severely injured in Chained [BKL N 15 01], tough-talking, sexy sculptor Samantha Jones is back in a big way for this fifth outing of the series. Her actor boyfriend, Hugo, has reluctantly left his posh London digs to accompany her to tiny Lesser Swinfold, where they are to celebrate New Year's Eve with Sam's best friend, Tom, a teacher. Hugo's complaining does little to help Sam's growing feeling that their relationship is growing stale. Their usual remedy of snorting coke and drinking massive quantities of booze is barely enough to help them stomach the odd inhabitants of the house where Tom is staying. Eager to escape the motley crew, Sam and Hugo hightail it to the local pub, where they meet Alan, a gorgeous young man about whom Sam has immediate erotic fantasies. Sensing three's a crowd, Hugo leaves in a huff--striking another huge crack in the Sam-Hugo foundation. When a young woman is brutally murdered and Tom is the prime suspect, Sam must head back to Lesser Swinfold to defend him. Readers will savor the delicious suspense as Sam tries to find the killer while not giving in to her attraction to Alan. This series just keeps getting better. Jenny McLarin

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sculptor/sleuth Sam Jones's new adventure, the fifth published in the U.S. (Chained; Black Rubber Dress; etc.) won't disappoint established fans. All the hallmarks are intact: the hipper-than-hip London art scene, the woes of love in the 21st century and enough sex, drugs and booze to merit a special Sam Jones 12-step program. Here Sam's fans get to see her in a new setting: a bucolic village in the English countryside. It starts as a simple New Year's visit with her longtime friend Tom, a schoolteacher besotted with the single mom of one of his students. For this holiday weekend, Sam is reluctantly accompanied by her actor boyfriend, who adroitly sneers at the country folk while lapping up their admiration. With just the right amount of buildup, Henderson thus nicely sets the scene and introduces the characters in a natural, believable way. Shortly after the quarreling lovebirds return to London, Tom is arrested for murdering the woman he has been pursuing. Sam rushes back to the village, and the real sleuthing begins. Henderson has dubbed her school of mysteries "tart noir," but this book falls a wee bit short on both counts. This Sam is more whiny than tarty, and the setting in a prototypically cute English village renders the atmosphere more green than noir. The identity of the murderer is a genuine surprise, but somewhat hard to swallow. For all the ultracool hipness of Sam's life, the story itself follows a very traditional-even, dare we say, ordinary-template. 4-city author tour. (Oct. 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

With boyfriend Hugo in tow, sexy sculptress Sam Jones (Black Rubber Dress) hopes to taste the bucolic pleasures of the quaint English town of Lesser Swinfold whilst they visit best friend Tom. Shortly, however, Tom's latest girlfriend is murdered, and Sam begins sleuthing. Vivid prose and great plotting. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.