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Saturday, March 5, 2011


by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward - to be released April 2011

Paul and Lacey Hanson are orphaned siblings in their twenties, living together and supporting themselves by growing and selling marijuana.  They bicker about anything and everything, but one thing they agree on; because of their illegal activities, they can't call the sheriff when a headless corpse shows up on their property.  They move the body to a place they're sure it will be found pretty quickly but won't be connected to them.

When the headless corpse reappears on their front lawn, Lacey and Paul embark on their own investigation, each going off in their own direction.  In typical Lutz style, the humor increases as the bodies pile up.

HEADS YOU LOSE is a fun read even if it were just your average quirky mystery, but it's not.  The format for the collaboration between former lovers Lutz and Hayward gives this one a whole new spin.  Their plan to co-author this book together is for Lutz to write the first and all odd numbered chapters and Hayward to write the even numbered chapters, without the benefit of outlining or discussing the plot.  Neither could undo the other's chapter content.  After each chapter, they've provided their critiques and responses, evidencing an escalating battle of wills to determine the direction the story will take and which characters will be killed off.  Their humorous repartee sent me to Google to see if they've reunited romantically, because they sounded like every married couple on the planet who ever decided to do a lengthy project together, kicking and screaming all the way! 

All in all, it's a fun read with a new spin.  If you're already of fan of the Spellman series, you won't be disappointed with this light-hearted mystery.

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