Thursday, April 30, 2009

Enchanting Review: Kisses And Lies

Contemporary YA
Delacorte Press
ISBN# 9780-385-73489-9
320 Pages
Hardcover--Available Now

Rating: 4.5 Enchantments

KISSES AND LIES is the sequel to the highly entertaining KISS ME, KILL ME. In this second novel, Scarlett Wakefield returns and is determined to find the real murderer of Dan McAndrew. But things get complicated quickly when she realizes she might have the wrong person in mind as the killer. Just who had the epi pen in their limited edition designer purse? And what could make someone kill a teenage boy? The last one is what Scarlet can't understand.

KISSES AND LIES was a very enjoyable and entertaining mystery read. I really liked Scarlett, she was an interesting character, not your typical teenage girl. Struggling to clear her name after the death of Dan, Scarlett finds herself in situations she never thought she'd be in. I also really liked the other characters as well, especially her best friend Taylor and Lizzie, the poor girl who they kind of use to get what they need to solve the mystery of who really killed Dan. The story unfolded at a fairly quick pace, with most of the action taking place outside of Wakefield, in Scotland at Dan's parents castle. While there were a few improbable turns to the story, such as the letter she sent to his parents, which I thought the version shown in the book if sent might not have gotten such a favorable response. However, I found the book entertaining enough to get past that little point. With a heart pounding climax that puts Scarlett's life in danger, I thought KISSES AND LIES was not only a great mystery read, but a nice follow up to the first book, 'Kiss Me, Kill Me'.

Ms. Henderson is the author of several acclaimed "tart noir" mystery novels for adults, as well as the witty romance handbook Jane Austen's Guide to Dating, which has been optioned for film development by producer Kiwi Smith. She was born and raised in London, where she lives with her husband. Her myspace address is

Enchanting Reviews
April 2009

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