I am not usually into prequels. I can understand the premise, but it always makes me feel the author wasn’t organized enough to start at the beginning. Sort of like a kid telling you a movie plot: “… and then he went to the canyon…. oh wait, first he robbed that store and got shot…. and THEN he went to the canyon….” you know, like that.
But I liked The Zen Man, which this is the sequel to, so I figured, hey, it’s free, why not.
Rick Levine, a P.I. takes his sweetie Laura to a fancy weekend at ….. wait for it …. a coroner’s convention, where he is to give one of the talks, his on how not to talk to the press. What a romantic guy — really knows how to treat a gal to a good time.
But, — and I know you saw this coming ,– a dead body is discovered on the first day of the conference. Looks like an autoerotic death. Eeuuuu. I don’t know about you, but I like breathing when I am doing the horizontal hula, but, hey, takes all kinds, right? Well, turns out the former live person is the former Denver coroner. Whooo baby!
So, a good mystery, a nice introduction to The Zen Man, if you haven’t already read it, and all in all, I am not sorry I succumbed to a prequel.
Oh, and BTW, Collins also wrote How to Write a Dick, which she wrote with her husband.