Unrealistic and Unengaging
By Mary Jane Clark
William Morrow, $25.99, 384 pages
When Piper Donovan goes to Sarasota Florida for the wedding of her cousin, Kathy, she expects nothing but rest and relaxation. Unfortunately for Piper, her knack for trouble follows her and soon she is embroiled in investigating the disappearance of Shelley, one of the bridesmaids. Things get worse when a body is found on the beach and Piper must try to find the killer before the wedding is ruined and before she becomes his next victim.
Footprints in the Sand is the most recent book in the Piper Donovan series by author Mary Jane Clark. From the cover and description, the book sounded like a light-hearted mystery that is mostly fun and entertaining. Unfortunately, there is little fun or entertainment to be had in this novel. The main problem isn’t the frothy mystery but the characters and their dialogue, neither of whom would realistically exist outside of a novel. The dialogue and character interactions are improbable throughout and the main character herself just doesn’t provide enough interest to keep the reader engaged. The mystery aspect of the book is satisfactory, if not surprising. Overall this is one book to skip.
Reviewed by Barbara Cothern