Best Sequel Nominees

September 6, 2010 by  
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The nominees for Best Sequel:

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella

Something Blue by Emily Giffin

The First Assistant by Clare Naylor and Mimi Hare

Slightly Settled by Wendy Markham

Killer Cocktail by Sheryl J Anderson

Please vote for your favorite by commenting below. Everyone who votes is entered to win!

Killer Riff by Sheryl J. Anderson

November 4, 2009 by  
Filed under Chick Lit Review, Mystery Lit Review

9780312945893Molly Forrester has finally done it. No longer is she just an advice columnist, she has been promoted to a feature writer!  Her hard work and nose for investigating has been noticed by her publisher, giving her a well deserved advance on the career ladder.  Molly couldn’t be more thrilled, but wishes she had ex-boyfriend, NYPD homicide detective Kyle Edwards to share the joy with.

Her first assignment is keeping her more than busy. What seems like a simple article about the death of Russell Elliott, legendary rock producer and manger, turns out to be a much trickier case. The death is blamed on an accidental overdose, and nobody raises any red flags of suspicion, as overdoses are a common occurrence in the rock world. Except for one person- Elliott’s daughter, who has become convinced her father’s death was murder, and solicited Molly to help her find the killer.

 Molly has found herself stuck. Her job does not want her investigating a homicide; they want a simple, inside look at the life and career of Russell Elliott, not stirring up rumors of murder. But Molly’s sleuthing abilities and evidence of possible suspects makes it hard to resist, putting both her promotion and winning back Kyle at risk.

Killer Riff, the fourth book of Sheryl J. Anderson’s Molly Forrester series, delivers a powerful but still glamorous mystery, keeping the stylish and sexy characters alive with humor and wit. Readers will enjoy getting a behind the scene look at the powerful music industry, and the fast paced chick lit novel will keep you hooked until the end.

Killer Deal by Sheryl J. Anderson

October 28, 2009 by  
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dealThe ‘Sleuth in the City’ is back for more. Molly Forrester, our fashionable gossip column writing heroine, Molly Forrester, is still determined to make it as an investigative crime reporter. She gets another crack at it after getting the opportunity to interview the wealthy Gwen Lincoln, widow to Garth Henderson, advertising executive that was murdered.  Molly is determined to find the killer: is it Gwen, the bitter ex wife? Or did the murder have something to do with the rumored buyout that Henderson was working on with a rival advertising company?

Killer Deal, the third novel in the Molly Forrester series by Sheryl J. Anderson, again brings the mystery, fashion, and a slew of colorful characters and suspects. Molly’s boyfriend, sexy NYPD homicide detective Kyle Edwards wants Molly to stay away from the crime scene to keep her out of danger. Molly struggles to make her boyfriend happy and keep herself happy and pushing towards what she wants to do for a career.

I have to say that I  didn’t find Killer Deal quite as exciting and titillating as the first two novels, but I enjoyed following Molly’s story as she tries to get her byline while juggling her boyfriend and personal life. Anderson gives readers another light-hearted read that does an excellent job of mixing mystery and chick lit.

Sheryl J. Anderson

October 21, 2009 by  
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sherylSheryl J. Anderson always wanted to write a novel. It just took her longer than most to get there. She now has four mystery novels in print, all revolving around Molly Forrester and the Killer series. The four titles are: Killer Heels, Killer Cocktail, Killer Deal, and Killer Riff. All follow a murder (or murders) with the stiletto wearing, cocktail sipping Molly Forrester hot on the trail in efforts to crack the case and write the best story. Each novel is written with the characters leaping from the pages and into your imagination, trying to solve the mystery before even Molly can.

Anderson got her start at the College of William & Mary, where she began as a playwright. After deciding writing was for her, she trekked her way onto Los Angeles, moving from several different screenwriting positions, working in both movies and television. One of the shows she wrote for, Charmed, happened to be a favorite of mine for many years, so it is no wonder I enjoy her books so much.

Anderson is married to husband Mark Parrott, and currently lives in Los Angeles with their two children, Sara and Sean.   

Official Website: http://sheryljanderson.com/

Killer Heels by Sheryl J. Anderson

Anderson-HeelsAre you a Sex in the City fan? Of course I am, and the moment I began reading Killer Heels by Sheryl J. Anderson I felt that I was transported right onto the set. Our heroine, Molly Forrester, is a replica of Carrie Bradshaw, a sassy Manhattan journalist with an ambition to move up from her so-so advice columnist position (“You Can Tell Me”), two girlfriends with night and day personalities, and of course: a love of expensive designer shoes. The cover alone was enough to lure me to pick up this book, with nothing but legs and pink stilettos resting above the New York skyline.

The plot begins with Molly walking into (literally into) a crime scene involving her companies’ advertising director, Teddy Reynolds and his murdered body at the office.  Molly’s beautiful, brand new Jimmy Choos are ruined after inadvertently stepping in Teddy’s blood, but what’s more- Molly is now determined to solve this mystery, get a fabulous story, and finally become a real writer. It doesn’t take long for the wide array of characters to step up and get their hands messy as well. Molly’s two sidekicks- Cassady Lynch, a fierce lawyer, and Tricia Vincent, a sweet event planner, are loyal and loveable throughout. I enjoy how Anderson makes these characters come alive, giving reader’s knowledge and insight about their careers, love lives, and families. Peter Mulcahey, Molly’s ex-boyfriend who happens to be a rival reporter, enters the scene in hopes of getting the better story than Molly to move up in the writing world. And there is hottie Detective Kyle Edwards, who is assigned to the murder case. His piercing eyes and built body is enough to make Molly forget her words, but the no-nonsense attitude he portrays about the case derails Molly making any moves on him. 

The plot is well crafted to hold your attention throughout the book, and the suspense and mystery makes you want to flip to the back prematurely to solve the murder. Killer Heels is the first of four Molly Forrester novels, and the debut sparks the thrill-seeking, fashion obsessing, and even romance side out of all the chick lit lovers.