Advance reader reviews of The Look of Love by Mary Jane Clark.

The Look of Love

A Piper Donovan Mystery

By Mary Jane Clark

The Look of Love
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2012,
    320 pages.

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  • Terrie J. (Eagan, MN)


    The Look of Love was a fun read
    I really enjoyed The Look of Love. It was a fun light hearted mystery and reminded me of reading Agatha Christie. There were many characters and while reading I wasn't sure which one was the "bad guy" - many of them could have been. I look forward to reading another Piper Donovan mystery.
  • Debra P. (Belmont, NC)


    Let Down!!
    Although my interest was captured in the first chapter, after that I felt the chapters were a bit short. The character development was pretty good, but I wanted more. The plot was good but too rushed and book felt thrown together which may have been the reason it took so long to get it. If you like a very fast read for a plane ride, etc. this book would do.
  • Kim E. (Warrenton, va)


    A quick sitcom
    This book was pleasant. It didn't grab my attention, but it held my interest. It was a light mystery that I don't regret reading; however, if I had paid full price for the book, I would have been furious. The chapters were distractingly short, the character's were not very deep and the plot not difficult to guess. I rate books on well I am transported to a new world, and this one left me still sitting in my living room.
  • Grace W. (Corona del Mar, CA)


    Wedding cake mystery #2
    This is the second book in the Piper Donovan Mystery series, featuring a young actress turned wedding cake designer. I enjoyed book as a quick read, but I yearned for more character and plot development. The characters, even Piper, seemed one-dimensional, not really coming alive on the page. Having nailed the culprit early on, I was hoping for plot twists to throw me off. I felt that the story was in a serious need of a more judicious editing. There was a boatload of unresolved filler, which probably only served to bring up the page count and annoy the reader.
  • Bess W. (Marlton, NJ)


    Spas are dangerous
    This story has a bit of everything--mystery, romance and even a recipe for icing! The read was fast and easy, too easy. The chapters were very short and did not help with the continuity of the story. The conclusion was very predictable and the mystery did not keep you guessing.
  • Sarah H. (Belford, NJ)


    A quick read...
    The Look of Love is a fast paced mystery. Piper, the main character, is likable and relatable. I enjoyed this mystery as it was very light and quick to read, however it was a little predictable in my opinion. I can see this being a very good beach read.
  • Ann L. (Arnold, MD)


    The Look of Love
    The Look of Love was an OK story to read, and the author had a good writing style, but I thought the characters lacked depth. The relationships (especially the one between Piper, the heroine, and Jack, her boyfriend), were not well developed. And, I didn't think it was necessary or even added to the story to include the descriptions of how to make the icing and the cake for the wedding. It was fine to have the recipes at the end of the book. That was a nice touch, but the description was not needed in the text of the book. I really don't think I am interested in reading another Piper Donovan mystery.
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