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Reviewed by Keith Julius for Readers' Favorite
Dancing for a Stranger is the second book by author Isabella Adams to feature physician Andromeda “Andie” Markos, Detective Sean Malone, and a cast of friends from the small town of Tarpon Springs, Florida. Some references are occasionally made regarding the first book in the series, but nothing is glaring enough to prevent you from enjoying this second story on its own. The plot revolves around an obviously obsessed young man who has targeted local strippers and proceeds to brutally murder them. Only this time, one of the young women escapes from his clutches. Aphrodite, the intended victim, is friends with Markos and Malone, which brings the whole gang together in a bid to protect their friend and, ultimately, attempt to rescue her once things go awry.
Considering the serious nature of the book, it's surprising how light-hearted the storytelling manages to be. Some of it may even be a bit over the top. I'm still not convinced a couple of detectives would drag their girlfriends along during a murder investigation. And a physician, a coroner, and a stripper hardly seem to be the mix for likely friends. But somehow it doesn't seem to matter. Isabella Adams propels the story along at a rapid pace, raising the stakes and keeping the tension high when the serial killer finally manages to get his hands on Aphrodite. Dancing for a Stranger has suspense, action, mystery, and even an occasional touch of romance thrown into the mix. It's the type of book that makes you want to curl up in a comfy chair and devour it from start to finish in one sitting.