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THE KEY
JENNIFER STURMAN
ISBN# (13) 978-0-373-89603-5 and (10) 0-373-89603-4
December 1, 2006
Red Dress Ink
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, M3B 3K9 Canada
Paperback
$13.95 U.S./$16.95 Canada
304 Pages
Mystery
Rating: 4 Cups

Rachel Benjamin would like to be her own boss, but it appears working for the new guy might just have her wearing orange and headed for prison.

Peter Forrest, Rachel’s boyfriend, wonders if they will ever get past their differences to further their relationship or will she toss in the ring for good?

Glenn Gallagher, the new shady boss at Winslow Brown Investment Bank is in arrears in child support payments and pushes the whip at work and his hate list is growing.

Sometimes wishing your boss dead is not always good, especially when it actually happens and you become the suspect. Ask Rachel who only seems to be more inundated with work since the arrival of new boss, Glenn. After being summoned into work on a Saturday, Peter does not understand why she has to continue working the long hours. Since recently moving in together, they barely have had any time to organize. Rachel finds Glenn a bit out of the ordinary, one that could spend excessive money on clothes and still not look like a bargain. When the company dives into a huge investment deal, Rachel receives an email from someone called man of the people, stating the deal is dirty. After making some wisecracks about wishing her boss dead, she finds him sprawled on the floor dead after chewing on a pencil. In no time, she is hiding out with friends trying to avoid the police who suspect she is the killer. To further complicate matters, she and Peter have a huge fight over her new colleague Jake, with whom Peter has issues, so she quickly returns the engagement ring and leaves. After being shot at and chased she feels if she cannot unlock the key to the mystery soon, she might be next.

The Key weaves a chase with twists and turns taking the reader into the lives of many as Rachel pulls out all the stops to find out who is sending her these little notes and who continues following her. As a strong heroine, she interacts wonderfully with Peter. Their little antics and witty conversation add character to the story and make it an enjoyable read. They were reminiscent of a Remington Steele type couple. Ms. Sturman gives the audience a great storyline that keeps the pages turning and makes one think twice before chewing on any pencils again. The secondary additional cast, along with all of Rachel’s friends and especially Luisa, was a riot. With some sound characters, wonderful conversation and strangers coming out of the woodwork, that keeps the reader entertained, this is a very satisfying read and had me hooked until the last page.

Cherokee
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