These days most of the reader reviews about Stuart Woods' books are negative. Everyone trashes Woods for the quality of his Stone Barrington series. I have trouble with that because, as I have mentioned before, I am not sure what they were expecting from Woods. The series is not meant to be serious writing. It is just pure entertainment and fluff. It probably isn't even written by Woods himself anymore, though, what difference does that make, really? You know what to expect when you read a Stone Barrington book: pure fantasy, rich people, shopping sprees, fooling around, air plane rides, Knob Creek, no plot, fancy food. It's a lot of fun! So the negative reviews bother me, but don't surprise me. This time around though, when reading the customer reviews of Unnatural Acts, I was bothered and surprised to read remarks like, "And he killed off Elaine! How?" "Elaine is dead? What? How!"
People are actually blaming Woods for killing off Elaine. Yeah.
Uh...um.....but, I guess they didn't realize....here's the thing, Elaine really is dead. And her restaurant is closed. What was Woods supposed to do? Pretend that she was still around? Invent some kind of story around her death? I guess I was really surprised that readers of Woods' series didn't know that Elaine was real and so was Elaine's. Bizarre and irritating.
The "mystery" of Elaine's death aside....this book was decent fun. It really isn't about Stone at all, it's about Herbie Fisher. Herbie found a genie or a fairy godmother (once again, proving that Stone Barrington books are really Princess Diaries for adults) and he is a mini-Stone, everything is going his way. He's now a senior asssociate at Woodman and Weld and everything he touches turns to gold.
I love this books and the characters and I'll keep reading as long as someone keeps writing!