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Almost True Confessions: Closet Sleuth Spills All

by Jane O'Connor

Rated: High

Miranda Bookman, who goes by Rannie, is a divorced mom to a college student and a high school senior. She recently lost her full-time job as a copy editor at a big publisher in New York City because of a major mistake. So now she’s trying to get by on freelancing work. When a friend who still works at her old publisher calls her with a great opportunity to edit a top-secret manuscript written by a tell-all author, Rannie jumps at it. But then when she shows up to the reclusive writer’s apartment to pick up the materials, the woman is dead.

Having already been involved in a murder and cracking the case with her amateur-sleuthing skills (in a previous book called Dangerous Admissions), Rannie is hesitant about the potential danger to herself but still can’t resist doing a little investigating. Her somewhat-boyfriend, an ex-cop, tells her in no uncertain terms to keep away from the case, but she when she happens upon some related information, she then does what she can to find more clues. It helps (or doesn’t?) that she has ties to the socialite world, with a wealthy, well-connected former mother-in-law and a son attending an elite private school.

Rannie puts the pieces together bit by bit to figure out who the murderer is, but she also puts herself in harm’s way. Just what price will she pay for satisfying her natural curiosity?

As a copy editor myself, I couldn’t help but be at least mildly entertained by Rannie’s cringing at other people’s grammatical errors. (Of course, the focus on errors in the story made me chuckle even more at the errors I found in this book.) Almost True Confessions is a light and mostly interesting read for grammar freaks but also anyone else who couldn’t care less about the proper use of who/whom.

Rated: High, for between 15 and 20 uses of strong language, other uses of milder language, and a couple of mostly brief but fairly detailed sex scenes.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for more than 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • Almost True Confessions: Closet Sleuth Spills All
  • by Jane O'Connor
  • Rated: High
  • Genre: Fiction
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