"This author can't write a bad book"
In Southfield, Michigan Stella Rothchild is making dinner
when strangers arrived to tell her that her beloved husband
Kevin died in a freak accident. Stunned, not long
afterward, she leaves Michigan with her two young children
for Memphis to get away from the memories.
Two and a half years later in Memphis, Stella has become
manager of a nursery on the grounds of the Harper Mansion.
Owner Rosalind Harper persuades Stella to move into the
large house with her two boys. The work is fine and Stella
enjoys her spirited battles with landscaper Logan Kitridge,
which slowly brings her back to life. As they begin to fall
in love, the angry lunatic ghost The Harper Bride haunts
the mansion as she has for over a century seeking children
especially infants. Stella wants to know why in order to
protect her offspring, but the truth goes back to 1892 to
one of Roz's ancestors and his mistress.
BLUE DAHLIA, the opening of Nora Roberts' paranormal
trilogy is an exhilarating ghost story that grips the
audience throughout the tale. Though Ms. Roberts writes
more novels than rabbits breed, somehow she always makes
her cast seem genuine regardless of the milieu she places
them in. This tale is no different as the audience will
appreciate the powerful secondary cast that for the most
part reside at the Mansion; accept the realistic changes in
Stella that keep the tale focused, and enable the audience
to believe in ghosts.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted November 15, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 4, 2006