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A shot to die for
Hellmann, Libby Fischer.
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319 pages ; 18 cm
Returning from a video shoot at "The Lodge," a newly renovated Lake Geneva resort, Ellie Foreman befriends a woman who claims that her ride abandoned her at a roadside rest stop. But Ellie's kindness is brutally cut when a mirror-windowed van pulls up and slides open its side door-and the woman is shot dead. Even with her history of sleuthing, Ellie is not eager to get involved-until the victim's family arrives and begs for information. And when a second shooting occurs, Ellie decides to poke around on her own. What she uncovers is an elaborate web of lies, murder, and family loyalty that has plagued the town for years-and places Ellie in the crosshairs of a killer.
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"Berkley Prime Crime mystery."--Spine.
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Returning from a video shoot, Ellie Foreman assists a woman abandoned at a rest stop only to witness her murder moments later. When the victim's family begs Ellie to help, she soon finds herself caught in the crosshairs of a killer.

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Booklist Review

Ellie Foreman witnesses a sniper attack at a highway rest stop on her way back to Chicago from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where she is producing a video about the Lodge, a newly renovated resort. Since Ellie was talking to the victim, Daria Flynn, at the time of the shooting, the police are pressing her for any details she might remember, and Daria's mother and sister visit her, also looking for answers. Ellie launches her own investigation, dredging up an old mystery involving the death of a teenager and finding a new love interest in the process. Ellie is a likable character, the first-person narration is involving, and the movie-producer frame story adds interest, but--as in numerous amateur-sleuth adventures--Ellie's motivation for becoming involved in the investigation is notably weak. Similarly, her sudden strong attraction to a possible murder suspect seems unlikely. Still, Hellmann's strong characters and filmmaking detail overshadow the lapses in credibility. --Sue O'Brien Copyright 2005 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Incest and murder, plus the power and attraction of wealth, provide the menacing and murky background for Hellmann?s less than compelling fourth novel to feature Ellie Foreman (after 2004?s An Image of Death). The Chicago documentary filmmaker has a way of stumbling into murder and romance, and then coping with their competing demands in entertaining and effective fashion. Ellie?s at a rest stop near Lake Geneva, Wis., when an apparently random shooting snuffs out Daria Flynn, a young woman with whom she?d just been talking. But the shooting turns out to have deep roots that lead back to Lake Geneva and the resort where Ellie had been filming. When Daria?s family approaches Ellie to learn about her last moments, Ellie is drawn into the resort?s dark history. She also meets handsome, rich, arrogant Luke Sutton, scion of the influential Sutton family and, because of a rumored link to Daria, a possible suspect. As usual, Hellmann creates a vivid setting, but Ellie?s dithering over one fading relationship?and a bad case of raging hormones more appropriate for her 16-year-old daughter?reduce her appeal. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.