Reviewer Mary Lignor: Mary is a retired librarian, originally from Connecticut but now living in New Mexico. All her life Mary has loved books and has passed this love on to her daughters. Mary started working in a library when her children were young as an Assistant Librarian and ended up as its Director. Her favorite books are suspense, political intrigue and anything involving the World War II era.
Author: Steve Chandler
A very good murder
mystery but, the murder mystery got caught up in all the "Life
Coaching" and that took a lot away from the book for me.
The Woman Who Attracted Money is the tale of Robert Chance, a former policeman who is now a life coach. Robert gets a message concerning one of his clients that states "So sad to have to tell you that Tom took his own life." This was a real slap in the face to Robert who thought that through his teachings or coaching Tom was making progress dealing with all the pressures in his business life and was starting to make clear and firm decisions regarding his life. Robert is convinced that Tom's death is not a suicide and goes to the police to try and convince the investigating officer that this case should not be put on the back burner and that Tom was murdered. Shortly thereafter Tom's home is burned to the ground and it is found that it was intentional. The ex-policeman Robert joins forces with the detective and another client of Robert's who is very computer literate to solve this puzzle. This is a very well thought out plot with much suspense and a very interesting cast of characters leading up to a big finish.
As you can tell I really enjoyed the mystery but, as far as the life coaching is concerned, there really was a little too much. This book is advertised as a mystery and the mystery is why there is so much life changing advice added to it. It does not enhance the plot at all. (By the way, this is only my opinion.) As far as I'm concerned Robert Chance, the life coach is suffering from Terminal Righteousness and seem to enjoy talking down to everyone. This includes his relationship with the police, the suspects in the crime and the girl that is doing most of the work to solve this murder. I would have liked to see the mystery story filled out a little more and the life coaching taking a back seat on this one.
I'm sure there are readers out there who enjoy the coaching and the positive and negitive takes on everything but, it took a lot away from the plot of the mystery, which was what the book was supposed to be about. You got into the mystery story and then had to wait before you could find out what happens next to go to a coaching class. I liked the main character, but he could take a lesson from his own book and chill out a little. I have seen, from his book, that Mr. Chandler has written many self-help books and I really wish him luck and success in that field. He is also a good mystery writer but I think it would help if his talents were kept apart a little when writing a mystery. Self-help and mystery books are very different and maybe should stay that way.
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