Under My Skin

Under My Skin A decade before her dazzling breakthrough novel The Birth of Venus Silver Dagger Award winning author Sarah Dunant won critical acclaim for her Hannah Wolfe crime novels In Under My Skin private in

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  • Title: Under My Skin
  • Author: Sarah Dunant
  • ISBN: 9780743269223
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Paperback
  • A decade before her dazzling breakthrough novel, The Birth of Venus, Silver Dagger Award winning author Sarah Dunant won critical acclaim for her Hannah Wolfe crime novels In Under My Skin, private investigator Hannah Wolfe s cushy new assignment takes her to the sumptuous Castle Dean health spa While being plucked, crimped, steamed, and oiled, Hannah is ideally placedA decade before her dazzling breakthrough novel, The Birth of Venus, Silver Dagger Award winning author Sarah Dunant won critical acclaim for her Hannah Wolfe crime novels In Under My Skin, private investigator Hannah Wolfe s cushy new assignment takes her to the sumptuous Castle Dean health spa While being plucked, crimped, steamed, and oiled, Hannah is ideally placed to probe some reported cases of sabotage fish in the Jacuzzi and steel nails in the massage heads But spa owner Olivia Marchant has other problems besides sabotage Someone is threatening her husband, Maurice, one of London s leading cosmetic surgeons and the man responsible for reconstructing many of the world s rich and famous In a culture where no one wants to grow old and everyone seems to believe in the power of the knife, Hannah feels like an alien visitor People will do anything in the name of beauty perhaps even commit murder.

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    1. Whilst highly rating Dunant's historical works (The Birth of Venus is a perennial favourite), these, her bubble-gum private eye series featuring the allegedly feisty Hannah Wolfe are less impressive. I'm not quite sure if she's trying to be to appeal primarily to a female audience given that the topic of the two Wolfe adventures I've read deal with surrogacy and now plastic (or, as she has it, aesthetic,) surgery and of course all women are obsessed with babies and appearance, aren't they? Well, [...]

    2. #3 in the Hannah Wolfe mystery series set in London. Hannah is a private investigator working for a former police officer. She's assigned to look into acts of vandalism at a new health spa outside of London which she manages to solve though she's a little uncomfortable with some loose ends. Her involvement continues when the spa owner's husband is murdered and she works to solve that. The story line involves both the spa, plastic surgery and Hannah's relationship with her oldest sister.It is a g [...]

    3. This is about cosmetic surgery - why, how and what happens when it doesn't work. Not Dunan's normal skill in writing. here she tries to be witty and humorous and doesn't quite succeed in my book. She is much better at historical fiction.

    4. I'm a fan of Dunant, and this is a definite departure from her historical novels. Hannah Wolfe has a fantastic voice- part cynic, part perfectionist, and not fully in control all the time. She's the kind of flawed character that you love and admire, even when the things she says or does make you cringe. In short, she's very noir-detective.The plot is fun, with plenty of snark and asides about modern cultural concepts of beauty. The strength here is less the twists and turns, and more the diversi [...]

    5. (3.5 stars) This is the third book in the Hannah Wolfe series. Hannah has taken a case involving sabotage at a women only health spa. She arrives as a guest, enjoying some of the perks of the spa while she investigates to find out who is trying to ruin the spa. She finds out that it may not be a disgruntled guest or employee, but instead may involve the husband of the spa owner, a cosmetic surgeon who has had threats against him. In her personal life, Hannah’s sister is having issues with her [...]

    6. This was a most interesting mystery beginning with sabotage at a health spa designed to frighten clients away from the spa. To some extent it works and Hannah Wolfe is hired to find the person responsible. She does and this job leads to two murders, one of which Hannah is to solve. The second is made to look like a suicide and is at first accepted as such. In the meantime Hannah's sister and her husband are having marital problems. Hannah has never liked her sister's husband, Colin, and doesn't [...]

    7. Finally I start to warm up to the main character, she becomes a bit more real and comprehensible, and I am at the end of the series, since it was written in 1995. Again, well-written with some interesting twists and turns. The sub-plot with Hannah's sister worked for me, it seemed to ground Hannah and make her more more believable, not just a random mix of reactions and illogical prejudices, which is what I felt in the 2 prior books.

    8. Hannah Wolfe has a new assignment as an undercover investigator at a deluxe health spa where crazy things are happening like nails in the massage heads. As Hannah starts her investigation the spa owner reports to her that her husband who is a cosmetic surgeon has been receiving threatening letters. Hannah finds a list of unhappy patients of the Dr's and before long he is murdered.

    9. This is the 3rd book of the Hannah Wolfe series. It came to me before the second, so I read it out of order. It didn't make any difference. This one was just as much fun as the first. This time, Hannah is sent to a health spa to uncover why the spa is being sabotaged. After reading this fun, short, well-written book, I cancelled my face lift. (I'm only kidding).

    10. I found this to be quite the original mystery. Some takes place in a chi chi health spa and then in a pin and tuck shop. A murder unfolds and the clues lead you all over the place. I wasn't surprised by whodunnit, but I didn't guess the right person either. It's third in a series but reads fine on its own.

    11. A bit better than the first two in this series, Under My Skin has more character development, a more complicated plot, and more relevant subject matter. Gruesome at times, with two many dangling threads and annoying "gotcha" dialogue, I wouldn't recommend it as much more than a beach read.

    12. A kind of gruesome mystery novel involving fidelity and plastic surgery. Griping, in which the narrator has a confabulation with the reader. Double plots, likeable heroine, slightly confusing ending.

    13. An enjoyable mystery featuring a slightly hardboiled chick detective. Quick read and enough plot twists to keep me turning pages. Will definitely read another Hannah Wolfe mystery when I'm searching for a quick who-dunnit!

    14. I read this because I liked her historical fiction novels so much and love crime novels. It wasn't as good as her historical novels are now, of course this book was written 20 years ago. It was fun to see her evolution as an author though. Not recommended unless you are curious

    15. I love Sarah Dunant's Hannah Wolfe Mysteries -- the tragedy is that there are only three of them! Finally a female detective I can relate to!

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