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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  • Selene M. (West Chicago, IL)


    Didn't Love It
    This is just an average mystery. I believe this is part of a series which may be why there isn't much character development. Based on the simplistic writing style and improbable storyline, I don't believe I will be reading any more Piper Donovan mysteries.
  • Elizabeth K. (glenshaw, PA)


    The Look of Love
    It was a pleasure to revisit with Piper Donovan. This time she is off to Los Angeles to make a wedding cake for the Director of Elysium, a world renown Spa owned by her plastic surgeon father. The added bonus is a free plane ticket and accommodations at the spa. There can't be a Piper Donovan novel without a murder and mystery. Although this was a fast paced easy read, it makes one ponder having elective plastic surgery.
  • Barbara C. (Lincolnshire, IL)


    The Look of Love by Mary Jane Clark
    The book was good but not great. It was very slow moving and a little predicable. I wouldn't say you had to read or buy it. I knew who the murderer was after a few chapters. I've read some of her other books and they were much better.
  • Judith M. (San Diego, CA)


    The Look of Love
    Unfortunately, this is not a very well written book. In fact it seemed amateurish, and I couldn't help wondering if it had been written for a teen audience. The idea for the plot had potential, but it just never delivered. Sometimes a silly, light, brand name dropping novel amuses. This one was just plodding!
  • Kimberly B. (Atlanta, GA)


    A Grown-Up Nancy Drew
    I have not been into mystery novels since I was an adolescent hoarding Nancy Drew mystery books like they were going to disappear; But alas The Look of Love; A Piper Donovan Mystery has reawakened my youthful curiosity and my desire for mystery and intrigue!

    The book was fast-paced and well-written, rich in detail and very vivid. I tore through the pages to get to the end to figure it all out, making many assumptions and theories along the way!

    My only issue is at times, the overwhelming discussion of the "rich" became monotonous and some of the characters were under-developed. It is impossible to give any more detail without spoiling the book, so I am going to say- READ IT, you will not be disappointed!!

    I am officially a fan and I look forward to reading other Piper Donovan Mysteries.
  • Margaret R. (Atlanta, GA)


    The Look of Love
    This is my first Mary Jane Clark book and I was disappointed in it. The format was quite choppy with short chapters (some only a half a page long. There was no character development. The plot was boring and predictable. I found myself hurrying through the last part just to get to the end. It would probably make a fairly good summer beach read, but that's all.
  • Gayle M. (Billerica, MA)


    I would not recommend this book
    Simply put, this is not a good book. The writing style is choppy and disconnected. The plot is flimsy. And, you never get to know any of the characters well enough to care about them. By time you find out who did it, you don't care.
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