When Privite Eye Kat goes on tour with country singer and childhood friend Dakota, mayham follows. The novel weaves through a trail of a thieving ex-husband, flash grenades, scary adorations of desperate fans and a dead body that resembles Dakota! This well constructed story is a very good mystery and if you are a fan of country music, you will really love it!
I liked this one even better than the previous.
Kijewski is a very entertaining writer.
I've loved every one of her books.
This series is intelligently written with flashes of humor throughout the attention-holding mystery.
Country Western singing star Dakota Jones is worried. Like most stars, she has enemies, but someone has been sending her unusually unnerving letters and really nasty gifts ... As the pranks escalate into violence, Kat Colorado moves quickly to identify the culprit.
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Dakota Jones, a country-western singing star, a friend of Kat's since childhood, is worried. Like most stars, she has enemies, but someone has been sending her unusually unnerving letters and really nasty gifts... As the pranks escalate into violence, Kat moves quickly to identify the culprit: Is it a faceless fan, or is it someone who knows Dakota more intimately - even a member of her family?
The formidable Kat Colorado comes to the aid of a childhood friend in Karen Kijewski's latest thriller, set against the backdrop of Nashville's country music scene. In the age of tabloid TV, talk-show mania, and crazed paparazzi, it's hardly unusual to hear of a celebrity being harassed by an overzealous fan. But when superstar country entertainer Dakota Jones begins receiving threatening letters, then finds dead roses on her bed, she fears it's not the work of your run-of-the-mill kook. At Dakota's urging, Kat joins her friend's tour to investigate the case. Dakota's concerned, but Kat is genuinely scared - she's seen this kind of thing before. As the pranks escalate into full-fledged violence, from explosions to murder, the threat to Dakota's personal safety becomes dire. Kat urges her friend to cut back on her performances and stay out of the limelight to protect herself and her crew. Meanwhile, Kat digs deep into their shared past, searching for clues and a lead on possible suspects. There seems to be no shortage of potential stalkers, and even Dakota's extended family is not above Kat's scrutiny, especially when long-lost relations turn up like so much loose change. There's a mysterious cousin with designs on a music career of her own; a boyfriend whose interests are not entirely altruistic; and Dakota's ex-husband, a bitter alcoholic whose own career faded as her star began to rise. It appears everyone has a claim to Dakota the celebrity - and it's up to Kat to protect Dakota the woman, her friend.
Murder mixes with those country-music familiars, booze and cheating, when the grown-up problems of a childhood chum draw PI Kat Colorado (last seen in Alley Kat Blues) into the rhinestone world of the C&W tour scene. Despite her years with a thieving, wandering ex-husband, country singing star Dakota Jones remains the warm person Kat remembers. Dakota even agrees to help aspiring singer Hope Delaney, a previously unknown relative who, Kat suspects, is not the simple, down-home girl she seems. So why is Dakota receiving threatening notes and bunches of dead roses? And why was her Memphis audience stampeded by a flash grenade? Enhanced security and Kat's reassuring presence enable Dakota to keep performing until a singer who resembles her is murdered, the body left with a note saying, ``Now we're even, Dakota.'' As the intimidation continues and Kat drags information out of Dakota's minimally helpful friends and associates, the singer gets an offer that's about as welcome as the threats: Clyde T. Jones, Dakota's no-account father who walked out on her as a child, wants to help his daughter in her time of need. With the alert dexterity of her namesake creature, Kat picks her way through her seventh, well-constructed case, and Kijewski persuades readers to share her sleuth's lively suspicions regarding, well, just about everybody