Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: January 17, 2012
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Synopsis: Piper Donovan accepts when the owner of Elysium, an exclusive spa and plastic surgery center, offers her an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles to create a dazzling and unique wedding cake. The job also gives Piper the time and distance she needs to sort out her feelings for handsome FBI agent Jack Lombardi.
The ultra-luxurious spa caters to the rich and famous in need of a little “refreshing”—a nip here, a tuck there, a little Botox, a little detox. Nestled in the Hollywood Hills, Elysium seems picture-perfect: the grounds, the staff, even the guests. But no sooner does Piper arrive than a guest is brutally murdered in one of the private bungalows. Someone, it seems, wants to make sure Elysium’s beautiful director, Jillian Abernathy, never gets to walk down the aisle. Piper soon discovers that beneath the glamorous surface of this idyllic oasis lies an ugly truth—and a cold-blooded plan for murder.
Review: Prior to reading The Look of Love, I had never read any other book by Ms. Clark. Overall I enjoyed the book and didn’t feel lost for not having read the first in the Piper Donovan mystery (aka Wedding Cake mystery) series. I liked how the chapters gave voice to the different characters introduced in this book and to Piper herself and her family. There were many suspects and a few sub-plots which filled in and ultimately intertwined with the main plot. I did not feel let down, because I don’t like to be able to figure out who the guilty party is within the first few chapters. The ending was a bit abrupt, with the revelation of the culprit within the last few pages, and seemingly no follow through. The Look of Love is a fun and somewhat fluffy mystery novel which you’ll breeze through.
Piper Donovan Series: To Have and To Kill (1), The Look of Love (2)