DEADLY SLIPPER, by Michelle Wan
(Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, $13.95; release date May 9, 2006)

Posted by Anneli Rufus at 2:01 pm, Thursday, June 1, 2006

A Canadian interior designer in France’s romantic, castle-studded Dordogne region hunts for her twin sister, who disappeared twenty years previous without a trace while hunting for orchids. It’s a teensy bit predictable, but Wan’s careful attention to character development makes this mystery novel fairly chewy beach reading for those with a penchant for flowers, France, French food and/or wine, all of which get the slightly pretentious name-droppy treatment — which includes mentioning the names of dishes and other nouns in untranslated French for that head-scratching, wonder-if-it’s-oysters effect. If references to a Chinese American character as “Oriental” seem passé and un-PC, note that the author is Chinese-born herself.

Grade: B-



One Response to “DEADLY SLIPPER, by Michelle Wan
(Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, $13.95; release date May 9, 2006)

  1. Melissa Says:


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    It is hard to come by books that involve utter chaos with good mystery. I just finished Landmark Status, and have been hooked on these types of books ever since. Thanks for the post!


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