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    Laura DiSilverio(Author)

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Emma-Joy Ferris likes mall cop work, even though it's a bit more humdrum than the military policing she did in the army. But there's no time to be bored when someone 'liberates' a 15-foot python from the Herpetology Hut, and a mannequin turns out to be a very real corpse.

Laura DiSilverio is the national bestselling author of more than a dozen mystery novels, including the Book Club Mystery series, the Mall Cop Mysteries, and The Reckoning Stones, a Library Journal "Pick of the Month." She is a former Air Force intelligence officer and past president of Sisters in Crime.

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  • PDF | 288 pages
  • Laura DiSilverio(Author)
  • Berkley (August 2, 2011)
  • English
  • 7
  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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  • By D. Zendel on June 26, 2015

    Emma-Joy Ferris likes mall cop work, even though it's a bit more humdrum than the military policing she did in the Army. EJ’s the black sheep daughter of a famous Hollywood actor and his socialite wife. They don’t really understand why she’s making the choices she makes, and the relationship is awkward, even though they love each other. At her mother's request, she moves to the small town of Vernonville, Va., to “keep an eye on” her grandfather. As a stop-gap while she tries to get on with a real police department, she takes a job as security at the Fernglen Galeria. She’d probably still be in the Army, but an IED cut short her military career. Maybe she’s hiding out from life at the mall, maybe not.Someone “liberates” a bunch of residents of the Herpetology Hut, including a 15-foot python. While she’s looking for the escapees, EJ is summoned to a ritzy dress shop by the screams of a disturbed patron. EJ thinks the screams are probably related to finding one of the residents of the Herpes Hut, but turns out it’s a man, a dead, naked man causing the screams. Judging by the state of the window display, he didn’t get there on his own. She itches to solve the case, but is further disrespected by the assigned local detective, because she’s “just a mall cop.”I was attracted to this novel (given to me in paperback by a friend) because I was interested in seeing how a female veteran would reintegrate herself into society after being forced to give up something she loves for something she doesn’t love, working for a giant poophead of a supervisor in a position where she gets no respect whatsoever.This turned out to be a very entertaining read. EJ is feisty and driven. Her grandfather, a former CIA operative, still has mad skills and is instrumental in helping her solve the dead-guy-in-the-window caper, as well as a few other subplots. I like that the author references real stores (Dillard’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom’s) because it makes the plot more believable. I also enjoyed the interaction between EJ and the supporting characters – her annoying boss; the mall manager; her bff, an African American roller derby player; her co-workers and the mall walkers. This was slightly formulaic, with the “pat-you-on-the-head and go-away” attitude of the dismissive, smart ass homicide detective, and a possible love-triangle between EJ, the detective and a more-than-he-seems cookie stand owner, but even the romantic angle was enjoyable.I liked this enough that when I was done, I purchased the remaining two books in the series. I couldn’t’ find anything after book three, so I suspect the series didn’t get picked up. What a pity.

  • By Fred Camfield on September 14, 2011

    I preferred the author's other character, PI Charlotte "Charlie" Swift (see Swift Justice), but this novel debuts a different main character, mall cop E.J. Ferris, an employee of the Fernglen Galleria in Virginia. There is an assortment of characters including E.J.'s incompetent boss whom she would like to ship off to the other side of the moon; the mall manager who is more interested in the bottom line than security and looks at incidents at the mall from a profit and loss standpoint (will it draw more customers); the other mall security personnel; various store owners and employees (some a little off the wall); E.J.'s grandfather (retired CIA who wants to stay active) and parents; and (or course) the suspects in the various crimes ranging from shoplifting, to tagging cars with graffiti, to murder. There is also Agatha.The main case revolves around the murder victim - a nude male body is found displayed in the window of one of the upscale shops, a somewhat natural pose, but disconcerting to early morning mall walkers. E.J. comes into conflict with the local police homicide investigator when she sticks her nose into the investigation. The man had many enemies who are introduced along the way. There is a secondary case of someone letting the snakes, lizards, and such loose from a specialty pet store, along with the case of the graffiti artists tagging vehicles with biblical quotations, and a teenage shoplifter who does not seem to think it is a big deal to steal some cheap costume jewelry (the store thinks othewise and wants to prosecute). Cases come together in various ways.Overall it it a well researched and well written story, and has a secondary plot about a diabled veteran (E.J. who has a bad knee as a result of an IED explosion in a combat zone) finding a new career. Sometimes people have to change direction. I have a longtime acquaintance with a similar injury from a hunting accident who found a job as an office deputy with the sheriff's office and eventually was elected sheriff - elected jobs not requiring a physical exam.I would note that there are sequels in the pipeline for both this character ("All Sales Fatal"), and for the Charlie Swift character ("Swift Edge"). Stay tuned.

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