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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books (Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778321509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778321507
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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The idyllic town of Endover, New Hampshire, looks innocent. But below its surface a thirst and a desire both powerful and ancient boil fiercely. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dr W. Richards on 18 Jun. 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Maxine Stuart, private detective, is moving to her sister's home in Maine to set up her own agency. Her partner, Stormy, is coming with her, and Maxine is desperately trying to persuade her old friend Lou to join them. A former cop and 18 years older than Max, Lou claims to be too old and burned-out to be of any use to Max. However, Max has been in love with Lou for years and is determined to prove to him that her feelings are real.
She persuades Lou to help them move, but no sooner do the three arrive in Maine than another old friend calls them for help. His teenage sister has disappeared and he needs them to find her. They travel to Endover, New Hampshire, and find themselves in the middle of what almost seems like Zombie-ville. It doesn't take Maxie and Lou long to realise that there's a vampire around. Their previous experience with vampires has taught them that not all of the breed are bad, but this one seems to be a rogue. He's holding Jason's sister captive, has the town in his thrall and seems keen on killing Lou and capturing Maxie and Stormy. In the meantime, Stormy seems to be suffering from some sort of mental disturbance - could she have been possessed by some figure from the vampire's past? And who is this vampire, anyway?
Blue Twilight is a direct continuation of Embrace the Twilight, the story of Morgan and Dante. Shayne has now returned to finish the story of Maxine and Lou, who were by far the more interesting characters in Embrace the Twilight; in my review of the earlier book I mentioned my frustration that Max and Lou's relationship was left in limbo. Well, now, finally, three books later, Shayne has at last given us that closure. But only in part.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Good continuation of Twilight series, but VERY frustrating 8 Mar. 2005
By Dr W. Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Maxine Stuart, private detective, is moving to her sister's home in Maine to set up her own agency. Her partner, Stormy, is coming with her, and Maxine is desperately trying to persuade her old friend Lou to join them. A former cop and 18 years older than Max, Lou claims to be too old and burned-out to be of any use to Max. However, Max has been in love with Lou for years and is determined to prove to him that her feelings are real.

She persuades Lou to help them move, but no sooner do the three arrive in Maine than another old friend calls them for help. His teenage sister has disappeared and he needs them to find her. They travel to Endover, New Hampshire, and find themselves in the middle of what almost seems like Zombie-ville. It doesn't take Maxie and Lou long to realise that there's a vampire around. Their previous experience with vampires has taught them that not all of the breed are bad, but this one seems to be a rogue. He's holding Jason's sister captive, has the town in his thrall and seems keen on killing Lou and capturing Maxie and Stormy. In the meantime, Stormy seems to be suffering from some sort of mental disturbance - could she have been possessed by some figure from the vampire's past? And who is this vampire, anyway?

Blue Twilight is a direct continuation of Embrace the Twilight, the story of Morgan and Dante. Shayne has now returned to finish the story of Maxine and Lou, who were by far the more interesting characters in Embrace the Twilight; in my review of the earlier book I mentioned my frustration that Max and Lou's relationship was left in limbo. Well, now, finally, three books later, Shayne has at last given us that closure. But only in part. Because the vampire, who calls himself the Prince, was introduced right in the prologue to the book and is clearly a fascinating character. We learn his identity in the final chapter. But we don't get his story here. For that, we have to wait for Twilight Prince, not available until 2006. And so, yet again, I'm frustrated by a Shayne novel.

At least I enjoyed Blue Twilight, so the frustration's not as intense as with Twilight Hunger, which I thought was poor. But still, I'm left feeling that - despite Lou and Maxie's relationship apparently resolved - I've been teased. The book felt short; a lot more could have been covered in here. We could have had the vampire's story too. Instead, we got half a book, and that's just not good enough.

wmr-uk
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I liked it 7 Mar. 2005
By Neker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm a new reader of Maggie Shayne. This is actually the first novel of her's I picked up. Perhaps that's why I feel comfortable giving her five stars. It seems her old fans expect a certain format from Shayne and have give less stars because of it.

Well, this novel is about a couple of paranormal sleuths who receive an urgent call from an old partner. Jason says his sister is missing and he needs Max and Stormy to help find her. Actually, it seems an old and powerful vampire, obsessed with his old blond haired petite love, came across a picture Stormy and was entralled with the likeness. Therefore, he's using Jason by holding his sister and friend hostage until he can get Stormy and Max to his island mansion. Sounds corney? Actually, I found it very readable. I liked the fact the old vampire had two sides. He holds an entire city in tralled, yet he chews out any of his minons if they harm a girl.

The above is the sub-story. The real story in Blue Twilight is the one going on between Max and her love interest, Lou. Max decides to pull all the guns and get Lou to admit his feelings for her. It doesn't work, but something else does in the end.

I'm looking forward to back tracking and seeing all that I missed in previous books. It was weird having to read Shayne referring to previous novels and not have a clue what she was talking about.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Spine-tingling suspense 31 Aug. 2005
By Terrie A. Figueroa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
BLUE TWILIGHT - Maggie Shayne

MIRA

ISBN: 0-7783-2150-9

March 2005

Paranormal Romantic Suspense

Present Day - White Plains, New York & Endover, New Hampshire

"Mad" Maxine Stuart and her long time best friend Tempest "Storm" Jones are embarking on new careers as licensed private investigators, specializing in paranormal investigations. Max, Storm, and ex-police detective Lou Malone were instrumental in uncovering a covert government organization, DPI, the Department of Paranormal Investigation. They destroyed the DPI facility in White Plains and learned more about the paranormal than any of them wanted to. What they learned about vampires, in particular, will be very helpful in their new enterprise.

Max would like nothing better than to have Lou join their firm, but Lou has other plans. Retired from the police force, he tries to convince Max, and himself, that he just wants to fish and relax. But Max isn't buying it. At forty-four, Lou is too young to spend the rest of his life fishing, and if Max has anything to say about it, he won't. Max has been in love with Lou for ten years, since she was sixteen years old. She's done everything she can to show him that she's interested, but he never takes her "flirting" seriously. With a bit of trickery, Max gets Lou to accompany them to Maine where she and Storm will be living and opening their new business.

The trio no sooner arrives in Maine than a frantic call from Jason, an old friend, has them heading to Endover, New Hampshire, where two teenaged girls have disappeared. As Max, Storm, and Lou help Jason discover what happened to his sister and her friend it quickly becomes apparent that something is wrong with the town of Endover. Someone or something has a hold on the town that makes its residents little more than mindless drones. To complicate things, Storm, who suffers from unusual dreams and blackouts since recovering from a bullet wound to the head, grows worse. She sees and hears things she doesn't understand and begins to feel that she is not alone in her body. When this other force takes over, Storm has no memory of what happens during the blackouts. Meanwhile, Max continues her campaign to win Lou's heart despite his continued refusal to entertain thoughts of a relationship between them.

As Max works to find the missing teens, unravel the mystery of what is happening to Storm, and yearns for Lou's love, a dark menace is watching her every move. Whatever controls the town of Endover is now trying to get to Max, and through her, to Storm. Will they figure out what is going on before it's too late -- or will Max lose her life, never realizing her dream of a life with Lou?

Spine-tingling suspense laces the pages of BLUE TWILIGHT, the spectacular new book in Maggie Shayne's Twilight Series. In BLUE TWILIGHT the reader is reintroduced to Maxine, Storm, and Lou, all characters who have played key roles in previous novels. The story revolves around an ancient being who has controlled the town of Endover for years, a powerful and single-minded man who will stop at nothing to gain what he most wants -- more power and his lost love. Max and Lou's relationship, along with Storm's strange affliction, add elements of humor, passion and danger to the whole. Max is a woman who often acts on instinct and with passion, getting herself into a lot of trouble. Lou is always there to save her from her own actions, and he protects her with a fierceness that belies his claim that they are only friends. Lou has a lot of his own baggage, and he struggles with his feelings for Max, not believing he is the right man for her. As the danger escalates, so do the emotions of the key players.

The narrative is vivid and descriptive, especially in the portrayal of the miasma that hovers over Endover. It was easy to imagine the town and its people and the feeling of apathy that slowly creeps up on Max, Lou, and Storm the longer they stay. The dialogue is crisp and realistic, and the interactions between the characters believable, lively, and emotional. This is a group of people with deep bonds who find themselves questioning everything and everyone around them. The villain in the piece is not quite what the reader expects, and he garners almost as much sympathy as fear.

As I was reading the final pages of BLUE TWILIGHT, it was with a pounding heart and anxious worry over how it would all turn out. After turning the last page, I was left with many of my questions answered, but enough left open that I cannot wait until the next book, PRINCE OF TWILIGHT, comes out next year.

A novel that will grab you from the first page and never let up, BLUE TWILIGHT is one of the best paranormal suspense novels I've read this year, and the ending will knock your socks off!

Terrie Figueroa
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Pass on this Twilight book-- Maggie Shayne's worst book to date! 9 Mar. 2006
By donalyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a huge fan of Maggie Shayne's so I was very disappointed with this book. Ms. Shayne relied too much on the success of her past Twilight books to carry her through this one.

I couldn't have cared any less for Max & Lou, and certainly didn't feel any romance between them. This book seemed thrown together to satisfy the Twilight readers' desire for another in this series. I hope her next one is more like the older books in the Twilight series. Before I waste money buying the next one, I will read through it to see if she's gotten the spark of the eary Twilight books back.
Let Down 5 Oct. 2011
By Jazminjo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
From the many other reviews you can already see what the storyline entails, so no need to go into all that. This is my first Maggie Shayne novel, and I have to say I thought it was on corny side, and quite frankly not believable at all. I got really irritated with her constant use of Maxie Stuart's nickname "Mad Maxie Stuart" or "Mad Max." It was over used and in my opinion a stupid nickname anyway. But I continued reading, because I was at the very least intrigued to find out who the mysterious vampire was. He was a powerful vampire terrorizing Endover and had the town completely under his thrall. When I got near the end of the book, and his name was finally revealed and it was Vlad Dracul...Dracula. Dracula, REALLY? She couldn't come up with anything more original and of her own creation for the bad guy? Thus the unbelievable and corny parts I mentioned before. If other Shayne novels are of this caliber, I don't know if I'll give any of her others a chance. I'm used to the well written novels from the likes of Patrica Briggs and Charlaine Harris, with unique and well developed characters who stand on their own. Sorry, but this Shayne novel pales to the likes of the afore mentioned "Wonderful Authors."
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