Friday, April 13, 2012
FRIDAY: The Scoop by Fern Michaels
Toots has buried her last husband. She is done getting married. She wants to do something with her life, her experience and her money to make a difference. She starts with her three best friends - one whose abusive husband is dying, one who has munched and snacked through her grief, and one who is so painfully OCD, she can barely leave the house. Once Toots starts making some inroads with her friends' lives, the four of them turn their attention to Toots' daughter who lives in LA and works at a failing tabloid. Toots thinks she can secretly buy the paper and salvage her daughter's career. But things don't go as smoothly as Toots would like.
There were elements of the story that reminded me of a Carol Higgins Clark mystery - where the reader gets glimpses of the "bad guys" away from the main action of the story and bit by bit the pieces start coming together. This was a long story for the first in the series where the actual story, about the tabloid, is just coming together by the end. A lot of time is invested in the godmothers character development as set up for the rest of the series.
3 out of 5 stars
Recommended for: Fans of Fern Michaels' other work, fans of contemporary romance stories (although the romance is hinted at and not fully developed yet in this first book)
Cautions: some language