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Kill the Competition Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2003
Good girls finish last...
That's Belinda Hennessey's new philosophy in life, work, and love after moving to Atlanta to escape a disastrous six-hour marriage. Now she has a killer job, spunky carpooling gal-pals, and the velvety voice of a traffic helicopter reporter to guide her on her way. She's even feeling lively enough to contribute to the manual on relationships and men her friends are writing to kill time during their commute.
But then a traffic mishap with a drop-dead gorgeous cop unleashes a series of events that bolsters Belinda's new bad-girl attitude -- she gets a tune-up from "Officer Goodbody," catches the eye of the throaty traffic reporter, and is targeted for a big promotion. But before Belinda can say "corner office," a coworker is murdered, and evidence points to a carpool conspiracy! With a killer on the loose, her friends at one another's throats, and two men offering southern comfort, Belinda knows only one thing for certain: climbing to the top can be murder on a girl.
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About the Author
Stephanie Bond walked away from a corporate career in computer programming to write romantic fiction full time. These days she uses her computer keyboard to produce fast-paced novels with a comedic twist. Stephanie lives with her husband and her laptop in midtown Atlanta.
- Publisher : Avon (November 1, 2003)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060539836
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060539832
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.96 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,179,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When she ends up having a very public argument with her boss that really should have gotten her fired, instead the woman promises her a job promotion which would be giving her quite a hefty raise which is unusual in the economy. She keeps that news to herself meanwhile all the while continuing to go on her carpool as usual as well as some concerns about some of the numbers that don't ad up quite as well as they should on some financial papers. The dreaded employee evaluations are coming up and everyone's nervous. Belinda goes into her evaluation and things pretty much go about as well as she hoped. She's not sure how much longer she can keep it from everyone but she has two weeks to think about it as Margo is finally going on that vacation to Hawaii that had previously been postponed.
After getting her car back from being repaired Belinda is incredibly shocked to discover something shocking in the trunk. The rest of the story is solving the mystery of what's found in her trunk and whether it has anything to do with what happened to the last person that had her position in the company. Meanwhile she finds herself with the potential for romance with the cop and the air traffic reporter.
A subplot of the book is concerning what is actually in an envelope that she receives from her husband who after the ceremony couldn't bring himself to sign the marriage certificate. Part of the reason why she moved to Atlanta to get away from her failed marriage back home and give herself a chance for a fresh start. Throughout the course of the book we find her picking up the envelope and your curiousity builds about what exactly is contained inside. You do get an answer to that question at the very end of the book in a special epilogue.
As she eases into her new job with a BigWitch of a boss and a commute through the worst commuter traffic in the southeast. She joins a car pool with three women who are wild characters. One is absessed with shopping and is fighting for the life of her Bloomie's credit card. Husband has the scissors at hand and is ready to shread their debt. Another is making money on the side by helping foreign men obtain their green cards. They live with her and she gets a lump sum when their paperwork is complete. Finally, there is the mysterious woman who is taking a lot of medications and disappears weekly for a reason she won't talk about.
Add in the interesting men. The stalker neighbor...The traffic reported with the sexy voice who just happens to use the gym in the women's building...The 'goodbody' policeman who they meet in a shocking way on Belinda's first day driving car pool.
Putting all these folks together would be a start for fireworks and interesting romantic possibilities...then comes the day Belinda decides to take her wedding momentos to Goodwill and finds one of her new Atlanta 'friends' taking up trunk space and not saying much.
Now we are in a race against the cops to prove Belinda didn't put her friend in the trunk and find out who she can trust.
By the half way point in the book, I was still trying to guess what was going to happen next, and I don't think I guessed right even once! That kept the book intensely interesting, and me very anxious to see what direction the author was going to take next.
No spoilers from me - you will enjoy finding out the twists and turns at the pace the author set. But I will say a big THANK YOU to her editor and the others who prompted Ms. Bond to write the epilogue. As the story wrapped up. my mind was screaming for the answer that was finally provided in the epilogue. Don't skip ahead - you will get the answers when it is time to. The only question I have left is - where did the expression "Yilk" come from? I'm guessing it is a form of 'Yikes' but a new one to me.
Another author I'm adding to my "Read more from ..." list! Loved this book
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She does use a word that annoyed me quite a lot-yilk........I've not heard of that before but it jarred on me each time I saw it ! There were also a few crashing spelling errors which I was shocked to see as surely an editor has been employed. Hook for book/budding for building/minors for mirrors being a few. Not good and let it down.
There were some great laugh out loud moments-most for me involved her relationship with her cat Downey. I'd recommend it but just ignore the errors.
She had a clever idea with the epilogue and I liked that. I also like what she wrote at the end as it's so true these days. "I know you have a lot of entertainment choices at your fingertips, so I'm thrilled you chose to spend a few hours with my story"......nice touch I thought.
I felt very comfortable with the characters and their descriptions were great - enough info to feel you kind of know them without going into that much that you end up getting bored!
Will be reading more by this author again I'm sure!
I felt that the author had a real feel for her characters and managed to show the main people as likable but also still flawed, as real humans are. It was nice to see that it wasn't all cutesy.
On the back of this book I have gone and bought some more books from this author and would definitely recommend that you give her a try if you are into these kind of genres - and definitely a great read for sitting out on the terrace enjoying the summer evenings.
A murder- mystery book for women which combines the story of a woman beginning to trust with a good who-dunnit!!!
Easy to read and good solid plot made it a definate winner!!