I read this years ago, but had forgotten how good it was. While putzing around, I saw Winemaker's name pop up, so I went back to read this. I'm glad I did.
The characters start out a bit cliched: the nice guy who is finishing last, the beautiful woman who falls for him, and the lesbian biker bitch cop with a chip on her shoulder and an anger management problem. Things are a little too connected; there are no red herrings except the one that is reasonably obvious from near the beginning.The bad guys have no apparent redeeming qualities. The big bad doesn't show up until near the very end, like the Emperor in Return of the Jedi
I don't particularly care for stories that switch from one first person viewpoint to another, but I'll let it slide here because the only other way to tell it would be 3rd person omniscient.
The characters quickly develop into people you like and even care about. The red herring is enough to keep you guessing for a bit, until the real plot gets complicated enough to keep you on your toes. The question of the Lesbian's self-identity crisis is handled tastefully. The sex is some of the best I've read. Except for the big bad popping out of nowhere, the plot is well-developed and makes sense.
If you have any interest in mystery, read this. If you like action thrillers, read this. If you've bothered to take the time to read this review, read the story, too.
In "The Lady in Blue", the reader is brought into some of the charms of Texas. We meet Ted, who owns a vineyard along with his siblings. One night while at an exclusive club, he meets Lisa, a beautiful woman wearing a blue dress. Soon after, they meet Hawk, a lesbian police detective assigned to a case they were witnesses to. Read along as they story unfolds.
The sex in this story is often spread out quite a bit. It is also explosive. Whether it was MF, FF, or MFF, it was always intense. You won't read the story for the sex, but it *will* arouse you. I found it to be top notch, and each scene was definitely stroke worthy.
The plot itself is brilliant. No part of it didn't make sense, and the suspects aren't who you or the characters think they are. This is a "whodunit" type mystery thriller type stories that keeps you on the edge of your computer chair.
All three characters came alive on my monitor. The dialogue was excellently done, which made them even more enticing. They just fit into the story perfectly.
Technically, it was great. I don't recall a single error jumping out at me.
This story had me riveted over the course of a whole day, with only stops to do things with the wife, and to eat meals. I'm glad it was the weekend, because if it had been a work day, I wouldn't have gotten anything done.
And the ending? Perfect.
I highly recommend this story. As they say in "This is Spinal Tap", this one "Goes to 11" for all scores.
Now it's time to start the next story of this series, which apparently takes up right where this one ends.