Without a Clue by Trish Jensen
Reading Level: Adult Romance
Release Date: November 15, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Special Releases
Pages: 224 pages
Source: Author Request
Reviewed By:Kate McMurry
Event planner, Meg Renshaw, has never hosted a mystery weekend before, but it seems like a sure thing to set it within an enormous, atmospheric, antebellum mansion on a Charleston plantation. Unfortunately, the project is plagued with problems from the start, most disastrous being when the actor hired to play the murder victim passes out from root-canal pain pills before it is time for him to become a corpse. As if that wasn't bad enough, handsome, wealthy Matt Rossi shows up and announces he is the new owner of the property. He claims that Meg's contract to use his home is invalid, and he demands that she and her guests leave at once. Meg exercises every bit of patience and charm she possesses to change Matt's mind, and he is unable to resist her. He hasn't been this intensely attracted to a woman in his life, and his insistence on staying on to supervise the mystery weekend is as much about connecting with Meg as it is about protecting his home. Meg immediately takes advantage of his presence to further persuade Matt to join the cast of her flamboyant production in the role of the dead man. Once again, he gives into her, because Meg plays the part of his character's mistress and there is at least one bedroom scene before his character is murdered.
This is a really cute romantic comedy which uses the ever-green plot of the spontaneous, seat-of-her-pants heroine loosening up a straight-laced, workaholic hero. The setting in a Southern plantation house is unusual and fascinating, and the concept of a mystery weekend is also quite unique, is extremely well done, and provides endless opportunities for comedy-of-errors hysteria.
As for the romance between Meg and Matt, they are highly sympathetic protagonists who have terrific chemistry, and their repartee is wonderful.
All in all, this book is a major treat for fans of romantic comedy, and I strongly recommend it.
I rate this book as follows:
Romance Plot: 5