The Spider Bites

The Spider Bites

eBook - 2010
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Detective Rick Montoya must find out who firebombed his apartment before he can clear his name of a bribery charge.
Publisher: Victoria : Orca Book Publishers, 2010.
ISBN: 9781554692835
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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Dec 06, 2013

Mediocre book. A little confusing at the first . Glad was a quick , short read as wouldn't have wanted to spend more time on it .

Jul 10, 2011

When detective Rick Montoya returns to the city to try to clear his name after being accused of taking a bribe, he discovers someone is living in his apartment. Before he can find out who it is, the apartment house goes up in flames. Rick watches covertly as the police remove two bodies. Was the firebombing meant for him? Who exactly was killed in the fire? And why? What was his landlady Cheryl doing at home in the middle of the afternoon? And why is her daughter Susanna acting strangely? Then his estranged wife arrives at the scene of the fire. The questions mount up, along with the suspects. (

Jun 09, 2010

The Spider Bites by Medora Sale (Rapid Reads Series)

Rick “Spider” Montoya is a suspended cop with a broken marriage and a need to clear his name. After a summer working as a farm labourer, he comes back to the city to deal with the corruption charges and discovers someone living in his basement apartment. It's late and Rick doesn't know who's there so he goes to a hotel for the night. By the time he gets back, the house is in flames and two people are dead. Lots of questions, lots of suspects.

This book is part of Raven Books' new “Rapid Reads Series,” a series of short, easy-read, larger print, fast-paced novels for adults. It really was a fast read for me – probably under an hour. The vocabulary is not noticeably “dumbed down” but the story is definitely “mystery lite.” I think characterization suffers a bit from the need to keep the story short and fast and I didn't totally buy the solution to the case the first time around, although going back the second time I did see where the author had salted the story with a few clues. I may just have read it too fast the first time. On the whole, I did enjoy the story and would recommend it for older reluctant readers or adults in ESL or literacy programs.

Reviewed from copy received through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program.

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