Someone has been abducting women in Dallas, and Madison Night gets involved in With Vics You Get Eggroll by Diane Vallere. Madison, a retro interior decorator, has been busy on a job remodelling a house for a couple who work in film when Dallas erupts over the kidnapping of a couple women, and the family of one accuses Madison’s friend Lt. Tex Allen of the crime on live television. Knowing that while Tex has his baggage, he would never commit such a crime, Madison reaches out to Tex, who is now on leave due to his name’s being brought into the case. Then Madison’s neighbor has a police officer with a badge saying Tex Allen attempt to abduct her. It becomes obvious that this is not truly Tex, since the name tag was fake. But then Madison’s client gets abducted, but unlike the previous women, who turned up dead, Cleo gets released.
Madison gets embroiled in the case, which is taking a bad toll on Tex, who has taken to living in his van to do surveillance in the areas from which women had been taken. The result is a lot of drama, and the pair learn more about each other and themselves than ever before.
The book is a more intense and dark book than the previous two books in the series, but it works. I enjoyed getting to know Madison better and see her deal with life. The touches of all her ways of incorporating Doris Day into her life, from descriptions of each outfit to the references to Doris Day movies and decor adds a fun touch of spice to the book as well.
Susie Berneis does an enjoyable job of narrating this book. She seems to get a strong sense of each character as she voices them. She helps Tex seem all the more mysterious while helping to make the character of Madison seem like a real person.
I enjoyed With Vics You Get Eggroll, but I think it was more because I already was invested in the series. Otherwise, I think the book was a little too dark for my taste. The details of all the introspection got a little extensive as well. But the book shows real creativity, though, so I give it four stars.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher, but that had no influence on the content in my review.
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