Day: November 26, 2016
article by Annalies Winny via theguardian.com The Cowgirls of Color are frustrated. It’s the final stop of Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo and the only all-female team has had a difficult first rid…
article by Annalies Winny via theguardian.com
The Cowgirls of Color are frustrated. It’s the final stop of Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo and the only all-female team has had a difficult first ride, making their chances at a victory very unlikely. “The whole point was to win, not just to be in [the event] because we’re girls,” says KB, a 39-year-old legal administrator who has been riding with the team for a year and a half.
In a sport dominated by white men, the all-female, all-black team is a rarity. At the Bill Pickett rodeo, the only black rodeo in the country, high-octane events such as bull riding and steer wrestling remain almost exclusively male. But every year brings more female contestants than the last.
Since the team formed two years ago…
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Dana Black is a realtor with a lot of secrets—and, even bigger problems. She has blackouts, so she can’t always account for her activities; she’s having kinky sessions with Dare in empty real estate listings; and, she has an intense desire to get even with her mother and older sister—both realtors—for abandoning her when she was a child.
When local realtors in Rock Canyon start turning up dead, Dana has a problem; she’s not sure she’s innocent of their demise. Other realtors see the deaths as an edge on the competition, the public doesn’t mourn their loss, and the police aren’t too interested since they’ve been victims of publicity ploys by the realtors in the past. Only, Aidan Cummings, a sexy, but non-kinky, detective who is investigating the murders, seems to care as much as Dana does, and when she becomes a ‘person of interest’ he pulls out all the stops to help prove her innocence.
Expired Listings by D.M. Barr is a hard novel to classify. It has mystery, what with all the dead bodies cropping up in Rock Canyon, and it has elements of erotica—some of the scenes of Dana’s encounters with Dare might be a bit too graphic for some readers. Changes in point of view character can also be a bit confusing as Dana’s back story is revealed to the reader. The author does a masterful job of concealing the identity of the killer until the very end, and I found the denouement a bit too pat, although the characters, except Dana’s mother, Cassandra, fairly well developed.
The mystery element is four-star quality. The erotica is just so-so. I’d have to rate this story as only mildly interesting.
I received an advance reader copy of this book.
I give it three stars.